It took six weeks into the new year, but abortion opponents in the state Legislature introduced several bills last week to advance their cause.
One of six Michigan pregnancies ended in abortion in 2015, according to the latest data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
On Sept. 14, 1999, after six years of court delays, the "Women's Right To Know" law went into effect. The 1993 measure required that abortion clinics give women reading material about abortions at least 24 hours before the procedure is performed.
Source: Michigan Every Day
Coercing a woman to have an abortion would be a crime under a bill that is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
The wife of conservative state Rep. Lee Chatfield disclosed Friday she had an abortion in high school, saying she decided to discuss “one of the worst” decisions of her life after an unnamed individual threatened to take the story public.
The state House Appropriations Committee heard passionate testimony Wednesday on proposed legislation that would prohibit state funding for any entity that provides abortion services, including Planned Parenthood.
Despite strong opposition push back from a group of 29 Republican members of the House of Representatives, the state Administrative Board approved a $1.2-million addition to a federal contract with Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan to provide health services for women.
Maybe it's women coming to Michigan from Ohio and Indiana to obtain an abortion.
Maybe it's a 2012 Michigan law that tightened the penalties for clinics failing to report abortion procedures.
Maybe it's the drop in state funding for family planning.
More than two dozen House Republicans want a state panel to reject a proposed $1.2 million increase in funding for Planned Parenthood to provide family planning services for low-income Detroit women that do not include abortions.
Created by Michigan Public Act Number 155, and originally called the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, the Traverse City mental health institution had a total of five names in its one hundred plus year history.