Now that their power has been drastically reduced by the power of the Pink Wave on Election Day, the Michigan State Senate is attempting to rush all their worst, most anti-women’s health legislation while they still have the votes to do it.
We expect the Senate to move forward on SB 1198, which would make it illegal for the abortion pill to be prescribed via telemedicine.
Telemedicine is the future of healthcare, allowing doctors to examine, diagnose and treat patients remotely. Michigan is already facing a shortage of doctors, particularly OB/GYNs; in fact, in nearly 1/3 of the state’s 83 counties, there is no OB/GYN.
Our lawmakers should be making it easier for women to access safe, legal, medically-necessary health care, not building obstacles.
Politicians are not medical experts. They have no business deciding what our treatments our doctors can and cannot prescribe – not when those treatments are safe, legal, and constitutionally-protected.
The Senate’s Health Policy Committee could act on this bad bill as early as next week. We’ll know more in the coming days, but in the meantime, consider joining our rapid response team! As a member of the rapid response team, you will be the first to know about rallies at the capitol building through the lame duck cycle. We will contact you with detail regarding when and where to meet.