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Governor Whitmer is Standing Up for Abortion Access

One month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of precedent and ripped away our constitutional right to abortion. Since then, state governments across the country have enacted devastating abortion restrictions.

We know that anti-abortion politicians in the Michigan legislature want our state to follow suit, but Governor Whitmer is holding the line, using every tool at her disposal to protect access to abortion and reproductive health care in Michigan.

Governor Whitmer is writing the blueprint for how reproductive health champions in state leadership can protect access to abortion and other reproductive health services. She was the first governor in the nation to file a lawsuit to protect abortion access after the draft Dobbs opinion leaked and she hasn’t stopped working since.

In the past four months, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has:

  • Urged the U.S. Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act and enshrine Roe’s protections in federal law. 

  • Signed an executive directive instructing state of Michigan departments and agencies not to cooperate with any entity seeking to investigate someone for obtaining, providing or helping someone access abortion in Michigan.

  • Signed an executive directive instructing state of Michigan departments and agencies to identify opportunities to increase protections for reproductive health care, such as contraception.

  • Launched a new consumer website to educate Michiganders about the availability of no-cost contraception with most insurance plans. 

  • On the day of the Dobbs decision, filed a motion urging the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately consider her lawsuit. 

  • Sent a letter to Michigan’s insurers urging them to take steps to ensure Michiganders have coverage for reproductive health care.

  • Joined with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to launch a public effort to educate Michiganders and health care providers about the difference between emergency contraception and medication abortion.

  • Called on the federal government to clarify and protect Michiganders’ right to cross the US-Canada border to seek reproductive health care or prescription medication including medication abortion. 

  • Urged President Biden to make birth control available over the counter without a prescription.

  • Signed an executive directive refusing to extradite patients or health care providers who come to Michigan seeking reproductive freedom.

  • Called on the FDA to reduce barriers to medication abortion.

Every day, in every way, Governor Whitmer is standing up for our right to make our own decisions about pregnancy and reproductive health care without government interference.

Will you join us in sending a quick thank you note to let her know you stand with her?


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