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Forty Years After Roe, "Choice" No Longer Means Much in Michigan

Written by Angi Becker Stevens forRH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

From my vantage point in Michigan, celebrations of Roe v. Wade's 40th anniversary have felt decidedly bittersweet. Earlier this month, Governor Snyder signed HB 5711 into law -- Michigan's anti-abortion super-bill, which will prohibit the telemed prescription of medical abortion, force all women seeking safe abortion care to undergo "coercion screenings," and enact a number of costly regulations on abortion clinics and providers, inevitably forcing many clinics to close their doors. All of this is in a state that already required a 24-hour waiting period before obtaining an abortion, where minors cannot obtain an abortion without parental consent, and where 87 percent of counties do not have a single abortion provider. The meaning of "choice" here in Michigan -- as in many other states in the country -- has eroded a great deal since that day 40 years ago when the Roedecision was handed down. How did we end up here? And more importantly, how do we move forward?


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