Michigan — State of the Well Regulated Pussy

Laaaadies…If you’re lucky enough to live in Michigan, you can be proud to know you’re moving up in the world. Yup, true to their congenital lowness of brow, the cavemen lawmakers of the 96th Legislature (2011-12) have advanced the state from 28th place to 20th.

Pretty exciting, right? Well, only if you don’t like reproductive rights. Michigan is now in the top twenty of states ranked as hostile to abortion availability. Michigan can’t seem to regulate its militia, but it sure can regulate its pussy!

The neanderthal lawmakers have been swinging their clubs at abortion rights left and right. In just the past 12 months they enacted six new regulations intended to restrict access to the procedure — impediments that are not considered medically necessary.

The good folks at Remapping Debate have compiled abortion law data, mostly from the Guttmacher Institute, to create an insightful interactive graphic database.  In it we find…

Michigan legislators are by no means alone in their attack on women’s rights. The last two years have seen more new regulations nationwide than any other year since Roe v. Wade — a decision that met its fortieth anniversary last week. There were 92 new restrictions in 2011, and 43 last year. Since the year 2000, the number of states that are openly hostile to a woman’s right to an abortion has increased from one-third to one-half.

In a new turn of events, 15 states have enacted a near-total abortion ban, which would only become enforceable if the Roe decision were overturned. Michigan has not yet done this.

However, Michigan has numerous regulations impacting waiting periods, mandatory counseling, physician regulations, hospital restrictions, ultrasound requirements, late term regulations, restrictions on abortion providers, parental requirements, limits on financial assistance — all creating a state in which abortion providers are scarce as hen’s teeth. Michigan is additionally seeing attacks on women’s reproductive healthcare at the county level — one local government found a creative way to block an important grant to a Planned Parenthood facility that does not even perform abortions.

I am Michigan, hear me……meow?

Amy Kerr Hardin This article also appears in Voters Legislative Transparency Project

 

 

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One Response to Michigan — State of the Well Regulated Pussy

  1. Jen Goodman says:

    This pissed-off Michigander thanks you for putting a spotlight on it. National and local MSM coverage is pitiful at best. It’s hard to believe how fast it’s happening and I’d thought Michigan was better than this. I think most *people* get it but Snyder and the legislature are so out of control. Good post.

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