They won’t stop until we stop them
Already this week, the majority of our Michigan Congressional delegation went on record, passing HR 36 – a 20 week abortion ban, as being more concerned with doing the bidding of extreme interest groups than making sure women and families have access to the care that keeps them safe and healthy. The Detroit Metro Times noted it best: “The bill [HR 36] was approved 237-189, in a vote that fell mostly along party lines. Every Michigan House Republican voted in favor of it. The Republican representatives from Michigan are, notably, all men.” Now comes word that the Trump administration is set to roll back the federal policy that ensured women wouldn’t have to forego birth control due to cost.
From the New York Times: “More than 55 million women have access to birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive coverage mandate, according to a study commissioned by the Obama administration. Under the new regulations, hundreds of thousands of women could lose birth control benefits they now receive at no cost under the Affordable Care Act.”
It’s pretty clear what the endgame here is: chip away at access to birth control and care. Criminalize a safe, legal, constitutionally-protected medical procedure. It’s bad enough that these policies in Washington, D.C. stand to impact countless women and families in Michigan. What’s worse: that their biggest cheerleader, Attorney General Bill Schuette, want to be our next Governor. The man who used his position as AG to wade into the Hobby Lobby decision, spending our tax dollars against us; the man who used his position as AG to try and make our LGBTQ friends and neighbors second-class citizens ; he wants a promotion. And unless we hold him accountable for every single terrible policy he has supported and defended and promises to bring to us, he will get it.