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With abortion-rights activists playing defense from statehouses to the Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood is unveiling a new campaign push focused on the 2020 elections.

The organization is announcing its largest electoral effort yet — with plans to spend at least $45 million backing candidates in local, state and national races who support abortion rights.

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As the 2020 election draws closer, abortion is becoming a pressing issue in Michigan.

ACLU of Michigan plans to fight anti-abortion measures

Oct 2, 2019
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The ACLU of Michigan is gearing up to fight measures that would take away or limit a woman's right to an abortion in Michigan.

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Abortion rights opponents reached the halfway point in a petition drive to ban dilation and evacuation, or D&E abortions.

Michigan Values Life includes Right to Life of Michigan and some churches. The group says it has collected more than 200,000 signatures toward its goal of 400,000. Officials say the count does not include signatures thought to be invalid.

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Abortion has moved to the forefront of national politics. Where lawmakers stand on the issue has become a litmus test when determining if someone is a Republican or Democrat.

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Today on Stateside, with current contracts set to expire this weekend, the clock is ticking for General Motors and the United Auto Workers union to strike a deal. Plus, we'll hear how some white nationalists are blending xenophobic ideology with environmentalism and calling themselves “eco-fascists.”

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Abortion rights advocates are questioning the intent of a bill that would allow expectant parents in Michigan to claim a child tax deduction.

State Senator Tom Barrett’s (R-Potterville) bill would change the state’s tax code to allow a 12-week-old fetus to be eligible to be declared a dependent on state income tax forms.

He says Senate Bill 393 recognizes the expenses expectant parents rack up before their child is born.

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EMILY’s List is planning to spend $20 million in Michigan and other states with the goal of flipping or retaining state legislatures.

The D.C.-based national group is primarily focused on electing Democratic women who support legal access to abortion. EMILY’s List calls this level of spending “unprecedented,” and cites the Supreme Court’s recent decision to not block partisan gerrymandering as a factor.

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You may soon be asked to sign a petition to restrict abortion in Michigan.

Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET

Opponents of abortion rights have a long history of supporting abortion bans with three major exceptions: when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or when a woman's life is at risk.

But fueled by momentum from the passage of a restrictive abortion law in Alabama, a coalition of anti-abortion-rights groups released a letter Wednesday asking Republican officials to "reconsider decades-old talking points" on exceptions to such laws.

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Hundreds of people gathered in Ann Arbor on Wednesday to support abortion rights.

Similar rallies were held across the country. That's after Alabama passed a law last week that makes performing almost all abortions a felony.

Other states have recently adopted bills that ban abortion after six to eight weeks.

Cecile Richards is the former President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She told the crowd to vote against anti-abortion legislators, and  President Trump, in 2020.

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A Michigan group is launching a ballot drive to ban abortions after a fetus's heartbeat is detected, with exceptions to protect a pregnant woman's life or health.

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Today on Stateside, Right to Life of Michigan has a plan to work around Governor Whitmer's promised veto of controversial abortion bills recently passed by the state House and Senate. Plus, we talk to Joshua Johnson of NPR’s 1A, who’s been broadcasting from Michigan Radio this week.

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Today on Stateside, debate was heated as Republican state lawmakers passed bills banning an abortion procedure known as "dilation and evacuation." Plus, Michigan's next state superintendent talks about what he sees as the most pressing issues facing Michigan schools. 

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The anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan is working to bypass Governor Gretchen Whitmer's expected veto of controversial abortion legislation.

The state House and Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to ban a second trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

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Republicans in the state Legislature have set the stage for a showdown with Governor Gretchen Whitmer over bills to ban an abortion procedure.

Majorities in the House and the Senate adopted bills on Tuesday to ban the dilation-and-evacuation procedure. It is typically used in second-trimester abortions.

State Senator Kim LaSata (R-St. Joseph) says she regrets her attempt years ago to terminate a pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage.

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Legislation to ban a second-trimester abortion procedure is on its way to the full Michigan state House.

Tuesday, on a largely party-line vote, the House Judiciary committee approved two bills (HB 4320 & HB 4321) banning the medical procedure dilation and evacuation, also known as D&E.

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Controversial bills to ban a certain type of abortion procedure are scheduled for a state House committee hearing next week.

The bills (HB 4320 and 4321) would ban the “dilation and evacuation” or D-and-E procedure. The legislation has been moving steadily through the state House. That’s despite a likely veto by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Representative Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Township) is a bill sponsor. She said during a hearing that the state should ban the “dilation and evacuation” or D-and-E procedure because she says it’s barbaric.

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The fight over abortion rights has resumed in the state Legislature. A state House committee opened hearings Wednesday on legislation to ban the dilation-and-evacuation abortion procedure. Similar bills are up for a hearing Thursday before a state Senate committee.

The bills would call the procedure “dismemberment” abortion in state law, and make it illegal.

Republicans say this would be allowed under the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision, although similar laws have been blocked by federal courts in other states.

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Tuesday was a busy day for legislators in Lansing.

Lawmakers are pushing through bills at a breathtaking pace before the new Legislature, and Democratic leaders, take office in January. Protesters were also at the Capitol most of the day – they’re frustrated with controversial bills moving quickly through the Legislature.

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In 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that prevents women seeking abortions through medication to see their doctor via telecommunication. That law is set to expire at the end of December.

The state Senate passed a bill on Thursday that gets rid of the expiration date on the law.

Lori Carpentier is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Michigan. She says this could restrict women’s access to health care, and reduce access to earlier, safer abortions.

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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, including a provision that attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

Snyder and the Legislature disagree on the provision, which could lead to a showdown on whether it will be enforced.

The provision in the budget would require county health departments to favor family planning clinics that don’t also offer abortions. State law already forbids the direct use of public money funds for abortions, so this would apply to money for services unrelated to terminating a pregnancy.

Lots of people angry over "baby box" commentary

May 7, 2018

There was a hearing in the Michigan House of Representatives last week on a bill that would allow a parent who wished to anonymously give up a child to place it in a box attached to the side of a building like a hospital, or a police station.

When the baby goes in, two alarms are supposed to go off and notify both 9-1-1 and people inside the building to rescue the baby.

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Michigan has taken the side of the Trump administration in its attempts to block detained teen immigrants from getting abortions while in federal custody.

The American Civil Liberties Union represents the undocumented, unaccompanied minors in a lawsuit against the Trump administration.

The lawsuit says many of them have been sexually abused or assaulted either in their home countries, during their journeys to the U.S., or after their arrivals.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation requiring Michigan to create and sell an anti-abortion fundraising license plate. 

(Read his veto letter here.)

"But SB 163 is not about a license plate," Snyder said in a statement released Friday. "It's about the State of Michigan making a political statement." 

The Republican governor said that political statement could "bitterly divide" millions of residents and was inappropriate for a state-issued plate.

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A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says he's undecided about signing legislation that would require Michigan to create and sell an anti-abortion fundraising license plate.

The Republican-led Senate enrolled S.B. 163 Tuesday after it won mostly party-line approval in the Legislature.

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There's been a great effort to revitalize Detroit in recent years, but new figures from the US Census Bureau show the city is still losing population. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about what it's going to take for Detroit to see some growth.

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Rachel Redmond had wanted to be a mother for a long time, ever since she was a little girl.

When she and her husband decided to have a child, Redmond became pregnant quickly.

“Everything was going according to plan, all of my early ultrasounds were perfect,” she said. 

Back when I was in junior high school, one of my classmates announced one April 30th that he had decided to become a Communist. This was not a very popular political choice in the Detroit suburbs in 1964, and our shocked social studies teacher asked why.

Well, little Richard said, we had learned that May Day was an international Communist holiday, and he wanted the day off. The teacher said nice try, but as long as we were operating under our Constitution, even Communists were expected to show up for school.

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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed a bill making it illegal to financially benefit by selling or distributing a fetus or any fetal tissue – a practice that's already illegal.

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