FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the final bill in the Reproductive Health Act, expanding abortion access for Michiganders. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, repeals Michigan’s ban on insurance coverage for abortion without the purchase of a separate rider, and implements protections for doctors and patients. EMILYs List Interim President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response:
“Democratic pro-choice women get stuff done. After Michiganders made their voices loud and clear at the ballot box, Gov. Whitmer and Democratic pro-choice women in the state legislature put in the work to expand access to abortion care. While Republicans try to push abortion out of the hands of millions and lie about their intentions, these Democratic pro-choice women are being clear: they stand with the majority of American people and will defend our reproductive rights.
“At EMILYs List, we commend the work of the Democratic pro-choice leaders in Michigan for successfully expanding access to essential health care for over one million people. Michigan is an example of what happens when Democratic pro-choice women are elected – they fight for change and defend our reproductive freedom. It’s time we elect more.”
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