”This proposal will affirm that every person has the fundamental right to reproductive freedom, which involves the right to make and carry out decisions without political interference about all matters relating to pregnancy, including birth control, abortion, prenatal care, and childbirth,” the coalition promoting the amendment explains. Reproductive Freedom for All, ACLU of Michigan, Michigan Voices, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan are organizing the effort.
“Specifically, this measure will ensure that all Michiganders have the right to safe and respectful care during birthing, everyone has the right to use temporary or permanent birth control, everyone has the right to continue or end a pregnancy pre-viability, and no one can be punished for having a miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion.”
The courts and Whitmer are, so far, a line of defense for abortion rights in Michigan. But, as Loren Khogali, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, noted on Friday, “Amending the state constitution would provide the most enduring protection to abortion and to reproductive freedom.” Voters have a chance to make that happen. Getting the signatures to ensure it’s on the ballot is the first step.