Reclaim Commits to a new #vision4abortion!

During this historic week of #roe45, the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court decision that legalized abortion in the US, we have exciting news: more than 140 organizations and leaders committed to a new vision for abortion -- including Reclaim!

It started last year when reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations convened 28 creative leaders committed to creating culture change around abortion. These leaders became the Culture Change Strategy Group (CCSG). They are advocates, researchers, media makers, artists, health professionals, pastors, communicators, policy experts, activists and more. The group produced a vision for changing the culture around abortion. And as of now, more than 140 (and counting!) organizations and leaders have signed on to this vision.

The vision is audacious, because they asked an audacious, unbridled question:

What if our wildest dreams about abortion culture became reality? What are those dreams?

Here is what the group came up with, and what we and many other organizations decided to align around:

We Are Working For A Future Where:

  1. Abortion is understood as a basic human right, an essential part of healthcare, and a normal part of life.

  2. Everyone can access safe and affordable abortion regardless of age, class, race, gender identity, ability, geography, immigration status, and insurance status.

  3. Providers and people who have abortions are supported and respected and do not fear or experience judgment, stigma, discrimination, violence, or criminalization.

  4. All people can talk openly about abortion with sensitivity to the complexity and nuances of individual experiences.

  5. Every person is able to make personal decisions about abortion based upon their own beliefs and values.

  6. Media supports the dignity and diversity of individual reproductive decisions and decision makers. Media truthfully and authentically represents abortion and refrains from sensationalizing the experience.

If this vision resonates with you, join us on social media with #vision4abortion

You can find, follow, and share posts this week on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Together, we are starting 2018 with a clear vision for culture shift.

And together, we are showing the world what is possible.

My Internship with Abortion Providers

When I started my internship at Northland Family Planning, I was not familiar with the many components of abortion care, and I had little understanding of what providers faced on a day-to-day basis. During my first week interning, I was entering through the clinic doors while a protestor shouted, “Don’t do this, mom. Come talk to us, we can help you! Don’t kill your baby!” This action was shocking. I can only imagine what this harassment must feel like for those seeking our services. Protestors operate under the assumption that pregnant people frivolously make the decision to have an abortion; however, from my internship I know the opposite to be true. Pregnant people need abortions for a variety of reasons and none of these reasons make the decision simple. Within the first month of my internship, Northland Family Planning’s Sterling Heights office was invaded by an anti-choice group. The brazen action of these five individuals and their disregard for city ordinances and law enforcement was stunning. This incident (and threats of more to come in the future) further solidified my awareness of the need for increased activism and awareness of these issues within pro-choice communities.

It is often assumed that since the Roe v. Wade decision, abortion is legal and easily accessible for all. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Anti-choice groups have spent the past 40 years slowly chipping away at the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. Today, many pregnant people must travel across state lines to access abortion care. This is expensive and can require childcare, hotel fees and travel expensive. Waiting periods create another obstacle, like the 24-hour waiting period in Michigan, because it can elongate that process and make it even more difficult for women to seek and afford abortion care. My experience at Northland Family Planning brought to the forefront the truth that most people are not aware of these difficulties faced by individuals seeking abortion care. The ever-present shame and stigma surrounding abortion prevents most individuals from sharing their story and coming forward; therefore, most people do not know the hoops women are required to jump through until they or someone they love seeks an abortion.

My internship taught me there is a need for active participation in the pro-choice fight. Our legislators are continuously targeting the right to safe, legal, and accessible abortions and we must stay involved to combat these attacks. If access to abortion is important to you, now is the time to speak up! Call you Representatives and tell them to stop these attacks on reproductive health care. We need to be aware of the legislation and actions of anti-choice groups in order to combat restrictive legislation that is constantly up for vote. 

Reclaim will keep you up-to-date on this fight! If you would like to be added to Reclaim’s email list and be informed of events and activism opportunities click here! If you are interested in donating your time to become a clinic escort, click here!

Reclaiming Our Time with Reclaim

The Detroit Women's Convention: The Future is Female.

Jordan Wyer, MSW

The Women’s March

Around this time last year, I was devastated to learn the results of the election, and as an employee of an abortion provider, I could not fathom the road to hell the results of this election would pave. The next day, I attended my social work lessons and cried with my classmates as we discussed what it would be like to advocate for the oppressed under the next administration. It felt as though the early mornings I spent registering voters, the coffee consumed to keep on the campaign trail, and the outreach I had done for the previous 3 months had been a waste. Like many of us, I woke up on November 9 feeling empty and alone; however, social media presented a glimmer of hope when they announced someone (or groups of some ones) were organizing a Women’s March on Washington DC for January 21, the day after inauguration.

Initially, my colleagues and I planned on attending the March in DC; however, life got in the way and our last minute planning made it impossible. As I succumbed to my depressive state, I decided not to attend any local marches. On Saturday, January 21, 2017, I went to my favorite bagel place in Ferndale, Michigan to drown my sorrows in cream cheese and carbs where I met a woman and her partner in line. We discussed the resistance and they were on their way to the March at Wayne State University. Something about this encounter motivated me to attend the march so I went home, grabbed my dog and a friend, and headed to Detroit. Over 400 people had gathered for our own local march, and this was the first time in over 2 months that I felt the unity and power of the progressive movement. We were chanting as we marched and gathered for a dance party in the Wayne State commons. It was beautiful.  

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The Convention

Gathering with other folks resistant to the Trump administration fueled my activist fire. However, like many others, I did not know what the next steps entailed and did not know how to engage everyone I met in a cohesive movement. I had never attended a national convention and could not imagine an event that could coordinate the dreams and actions of so many diverse individuals. All of this changed after attending the Detroit Women’s Convention October 27-29. A few weeks before the convention, I was blessed to meet with a member of the local host committee who was in search of representation from local organizations. Reclaim, my supervisor, and I received a scholarship to attend the conference and join their list of Social Justice City organizations.

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Though I outlined every session I wanted to attend each day, I lost track of time at the Reclaim table as I was engrossed in introducing local residents to our work, networking with other local organizations about future collaborations, and asking out-of-state attendees to fill out a postcard to their Senators about the 20-week abortion ban and calling their local Crisis Pregnancy Centers to assist in the #ExposeFakeClinics action. During this convention, I was able to share the stories of domestic terrorism experienced by independent abortion providers, foster support for future events, and gain over 160 new Reclaim followers. 

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I did not pull myself away from the table until the fourth breakout session where I attended The Role of Cities in Protecting Reproductive Freedom. This session outlined the importance of locals demanding comprehensive sex education and reproductive access in their communities. Panelists from the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), & Northland Family Planning (NFP) began the conversation with a background on their respective organizations as well as the success and struggles they have faced protecting reproductive freedoms at the local level. NIRH developed a Local Reproductive Freedom Index star rating, ranking cities across the United States on their current capacity to meet the reproductive needs of their communities. MOASH created a sexual health board of youth members to give voice to the needs of adolescents when it comes to reproductive health. NFP discussed the effects of protestors on local law enforcement ability to protect clinics. Though the information presented by the panelists was invaluable, the audience discussion that followed was remarkable. Women from all over the country applauded the successes of the NIRH study and sought guidance on how to replicate it in their hometowns. The group brainstormed ideas and made connections with fellow activists in their communities. The final question explored how to move forward and the answer was clear: 1) more women need to run for local office to increase their representation and 2) more effort must be placed on eliminating the shame and stigma surrounding abortion!

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The Lesson

It is impossible to pick the best session of the convention; however, I would be doing all readers a disservice if I did not discuss the Sojourner Truth Lunch with keynote speaker, Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Thousands attended this luncheon, held in the main hall of the convention. A panel of local Detroit activists discussed the importance of intersectionality in their activism. Emily’s List President, Stephanie Schriok, brought tears to my eyes as she first asked every woman currently holding a position in office to rise followed by every woman planning on running for office in the next election. The room erupted with applause as we focused on the 2018 elections.  Congresswoman Waters brought down the house as she asked us to get involved in changing our democracy while leading a chant, “Impeach 45!”

"We are waging our own war against rape and sexual assault!" -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters 

"We are waging our own war against rape and sexual assault!" -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters 

 

The most emotional and moving part of this luncheon was when a young girl performed Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” poem. While she started strong, the emotion of the moment caught up with her and she forgot the next line. While awaiting the saving grace of the script, the entire room stood, applauded and cheered for her. She finished with the same enthusiasm she began with and the room erupted. This was the defining moment of the Women’s Convention for me. It did not matter that she forgot the words. It did not matter that she panicked as she tried to remember. It did not matter what race, religion, or cause she represented. All that mattered was the support she received from the crowd as she regained her footing and crossed the finish line.  As we move forward, we must remember to stand up for one another. We will not be successful if we keep ourselves in silos and if we do not show up! This movement will fizzle without all of us. Raise and center the voices of people of color! Elect progressive women! The future is female, and we are a force.

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The Hypocrisy of the "Pro-Life" Movement

The anti-choice movements love to emphasize their “pro-life” ideals but are they really for life?

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An article from Cosmopolitan this week, focuses on the silence of the anti-choice movement on the fetal deaths caused by the lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan. She states that the average number of births per woman is down significantly in comparison to other Michigan cities. This is most likely due to the spike in miscarriages and fetal deaths in relation to contaminated water.

            So, this begs the question, where are the “pro-life” advocates in Flint? If so called “pro-lifers” really want to preserve the sanctity of life, why haven’t they directed their efforts toward Flint politicians?

            An article from Huffington Post points out that most anti-choice groups also want to cut government funding to programs that can help mothers and their children, such as, WIC and food stamps. Their interest lies in “protection” of the fetus until it is born while newborns and their mothers are met with a complete lack of compassion from “pro-life” groups. They have little to no interest in helping impoverished children and would prefer to utilize their time outside of clinics shaming women. They show no interest in increasing minimum wage to increase quality of life for young working mothers and their children, who still cannot afford life’s necessities.

According to a study done by the Guttmacher Institute, banning abortion does not cut abortion rate, but instead promotes unsafe abortions, putting women’s lives in danger. How can someone be “pro-life” and not allow women access to this procedure? If abortion is not accessible, pregnant people will go to extreme measures to end their pregnancies.

            Healthcare is another glaring issue with the anti-choice movement. In an article by Vice, they discuss how the “pro-life” movement’s vendetta with Planned Parenthood demonstrates their complete lack of understanding of the innerworkings of the organization and all the other services it provides for both men and women. Vice put it best when they said if anti-choice people actually cared about people who can get pregnant and their healthcare they would, “join hands with us to expand access to healthcare so women could get the birth control they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the healthcare we need to carry healthy pregnancies to term.”          

Another key issue is activism for gun control, or lack thereof within the anti-choice community. An article from Upworthy, talks about the coverage Trevor Noah did on “pro-lifers” who hold relaxed views on gun control. He asks the question “if pro-lifers are so concerned about the preservation of all lives, then why don’t they support common-sense gun control measures?” This article was focused around the time of the Republican primary and the mass shooting that happened in Oregon. Noah compared statements from the Republican primary candidates. On the shooting, Jeb Bush said “Look, stuff happens. There is always a crisis” and on abortion he said, “I’m completely pro-life, and I believe that we should have a culture of life.” This is blatant hypocrisy of choosing what parts of life he wants to support.

            Which leads into the hypocrisy of support for the death penalty. In an article for CNN, they quote Mike Christian, a pro-life Oklahoma state representative speaking about the death penalty saying “I really don’t care if it’s by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to lions.” These extreme views in favor of the death penalty do not align with the rhetoric of the “pro-life” movement. Another instance of hypocrisy.  

            Next time someone says they are “pro-life” take a moment to consider how standing outside of clinics shaming women saves lives.

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Where to Draw the Line: The Role of Noise Ordinances on the Anti-Abortion Agenda

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Last month, anti-abortion clinic activity made headlines across the country as state courts made decisions regarding noise ordinances and permits in their area. Anti-abortion activists believe they are practicing their right to free speech while pro-choice advocates argue that excessive verbal altercations should be categorized as harassment imposing on a woman’s constitutional right to choose. Let’s get some background on the noise ordinances currently called into question today.

The first case comes from the 1st United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Maine where an anti-abortion protestor, Andrew March, challenged the noise provision that has protected reproductive health facilities for over 20 years, specifically, Portland’s Planned Parenthood. The ordinance was created in 1995 and gained support from anti-abortion AND pro-choice organizations. Anti-abortion advocates did not want protestors outside of Crisis Pregnancy Centers while pro-choice advocates wanted to reduce the number of protestors outside of clinics. It was suggested that this compromise would create and environment that would deescalate strong feelings as well and reduce the likelihood of “tragic violence” at any facility.  Though March believed enforcing this ordinance infringed on his first amendment right, the Court of Appeals ultimately decided that March’s voice should not be heard within the medical building in order to protect the rights of patients seeking medical care.

Next up, Charlotte, North Carolina reassessed the way amplified sound permits are obtained in order to protect North Carolina’s busiest abortion clinic, A Preferred Women’s Health Center. The system of permit application was put into place over 15 years ago to create fairness, improve efficacy and ensure access to reproductive healthcare; however, anti-abortion groups were able to obtain the amplified sound permit 80% of the time utilizing an email server that would send over 300 email permit requests in less than 5 minutes. Now, the city has changed it’s policy, so that applications must be completed through the city’s website and eliminate the use of automated email servers. Again, the line between free speech and the right to harassment-free medical care is called into question. Though this is a step in the right direction with patient protection, only time will tell. For more information on A Preferred Women’s Health Center and the struggles they face with protestors, check out the mini-documentary, Care in Chaos, from Rewire.

The final case began in Grand Rapids, Michigan when city native, Stephen Nylen, was silenced for breaching the city’s noise ordinance and “Breach-of-the-Peace” Ordinance. Though a majority of the noise complaints were made outside a Grand Rapids abortion provider, he also preaches in public places including parks, sidewalks, and festivals. Nylen has filed a lawsuit that has yet to be addressed by the city. Though the ordinance in Grand Rapids does not have a clear definition of “noise,” their ordinance does indicate that any speech containing content that listeners do not like can result in arrest.

Post-election, many anti-abortion protestors are emboldened by the President’s stance on abortion and the increase in violence overall due to his presidency and what he represents. By attacking city noise ordinances, anti-abortion activists have started to chip away at the protections put in place years ago.  We must begin to ask ourselves where to draw the line. Is the harassment outsides clinics exercising or abusing our right to free speech? Where is the line between free speech and these harassment and bullying tactics? Providers know this is only the beginning when it comes to clinic harassment, but should they (as small businesses) be subjected to constant police interaction, increased security, and possible “tragic danger” that were predicted over 20 years ago? Only time will tell.

Interested in combatting clinic harassment. Join In This Together Project’s escort team today! 

If you’re unable to come to the clinics, please consider a donation to Reclaim’s work as they continue to bust the shame and stigma of the abortion experience or their MI WIN fund to help women afford their procedures. Donate Today!

"Trust Women."

What Dems Fail to Recognize About Abortion Access and A Woman's Role in the Democratic Party. 

By Jordan Wyer, MSW

 August 10, 2017

Two weeks ago the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Ben Ray Lujan, announced that the Democratic Party does not have a litmus test on abortion and would not withhold funding from Democratic candidates because they are anti-choice. They hope this departure (from sanity) will secure more Dem seats in districts currently held by Republicans. Though the Democratic Party does not have a current litmus test for any issue, I cannot help but wonder why abortion rights and access were specifically singled out. The Chairman said the party would now focus on a “Better Deal” that will focus on economic stability, job growth, wages, and burdens on family. Well, I hate to break it to you Mr. Lujan, but the right for women to choose the circumstances in which they start a family and access safe and affordable abortion care plays a major part in all of these goals and does not alienate Democratic voters from the values they hold dear.  

With 85% of Democrats and 7 out of 10 Americans overall supporting a woman’s right to choose, the Democratic base values a woman’s right to choose what is best for her reproductive health. I have a hard time imagining a Democratic Party that does not support progressive taxation and immigration policy, or a party that would deny our older generation Social Security and folks of color civil rights. Why are women’s rights on the chopping block? This has nothing to do with abortion, but the disrespect of a woman’s basic personal right to her own body.

I know the results of the last election had us shook, but abandoning the party's founding values and beliefs to coddle misogynistic voters is not how we want to win. Grow some ovaries and stand behind the values (and women!) that built the Democratic Party.

So, let's say it one more time for those in the back, a woman's basic human right is not negotiable. ABORTION IS HEALTHCARE. ABORTION IS A HUMAN RIGHT. 

Reclaim & IN THIS TOGETHER PROJECT

Jordan Wyer, MSW 7/26/17

Anti-abortion protestors are nothing new to abortion providers. These zealots stand outside abortion clinics with graphic signs and use emotionally abusive language aimed at intimidating providers, staff, escorts, and patients passing by. Many clinics use security guards and escorts in order to monitor the activities outside the clinic while the staff provides care inside.  Reclaim is proud to introduce our partner in holistic clinic escort care, the In This Together Project (ITTP). I sat down the founder of ITTP, Jessica Gird, to get some details about this new and amazing project.

The idea for ITTP came out of Gird’s own experience receiving substandard abortion care over 20 years ago, and the emotional confusion that followed. “I wasn’t sad that I had an abortion,” Gird recalls, “I had so many feelings that I didn’t know what to do with and I didn’t know where to look for the support I needed.” Since then, she has dedicated all her free time to the In This Together Project.

Gird recognizes that abortion is about much more than a simple medical procedure, because of the deeply emotional process some women also experience.  ITTP creates a holistic, caring, and safe support space for patients and staff through their clinic escort volunteer program.  ITTP visibly supports and affirms bodily autonomy and choice, raises the standard of care for independent abortion providers, and busts the stigma that surrounds abortion.

In regards to her own experience and experiences shared with her as an escort, Gird explains, “I think its safe to say that some providers in the area are giving women substandard care and I’m not okay with that. I want this project to show abortion providers are welcoming and approachable.” Through escorting, Gird has been able to make this idea a reality.

Jessica has taken traditional clinic escorting into her own hands by training new escorts to follow a strict, non-engagement style. Through these trainings, she hopes that volunteers see the significance of their work. Gird expects her escorts to analyze the real reasons why they are coming out to the clinics.  “This is not a space for counter protests or to voice your thoughts and opinions. We are not there to exploit [the patient’s] experience and create chaos. Our job as escorts is to make sure that the patient’s path to the clinic doors is accessible and trauma-free.” She adds, “Counter protests are important, but this is not the space for that.”

The In This Together Project has used their small and mighty capacity to make big change! They currently provide “Power Packs” to patients as they enter the clinic. These bags contain items meant to comfort patients during every stage of their appointment.  Coloring books and myth-busting zines help patients pass the time while waiting.  After the procedure, sanitary pads with affirmations (“you are loved”) and packets of tea for anxiety and nausea provide small comforts. Even after leaving the office, ITTP continues to care for patients. “Power Packs” also contain a card with contact information for women seeking supportive services post abortion.  Gird’s dream is to create a support network that does not try to sway women’s decisions, but provide an environment to safely and supportively discuss any choice.

Are you interested in becoming a clinic escort? Contact ITTP at InThisTogetherProject@gmail.com to get involved. They ask a simple minimum time requirement of ONE Saturday per month (for 2 hours); however, Gird’s aspires to create a strong base of escorts to increase support and reduce burnout. They especially need escorts for a clinic in the Saginaw/Flint area. Please indicate if you are willing to travel to this location in your inquiry!

Lady Parts Justice League Takes on the D!

On Friday, July 7th, Lady Parts Justice League arrived in Detroit with their 15-passenger van, packed with comedians/activists, and a passion for helping independent abortion providers. They spent FOUR DAYS with our staff getting dirty, making us laugh, and raising awareness of the needs of Northland Family Planning. During this trip, they were able to get over 100 people signed up to volunteer with our cause!

On Saturday morning, LPJL arrived bright and early to begin their beautification of our Westland office’s outdoor patio! They transformed a cement slab with a chained down picnic table to an area for staff to enjoy on their breaks! They continued their service by slapping on escort vests to ensure patients coming in and leaving from the clinic felt safe from our Saturday Protesters. 

Sunday, LPJL, clinic staff, and pro-choice supporters gathered at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI for The Vagical Mystery Tour comedy show. They shared the injustices of restrictions on abortion through their hilarious videos, split our sides with laughter, and held a talk back panel with representatives from Northland Family Planning & In This Together Project!

On Monday, LPJL visited the Northland Family Planning locations in Southfield and Sterling Heights to bring the staff snacks and show their appreciation for the work they do!

Tuesday, a BBQ was held in their honor in a supporter’s home! This gave us a chance to talk to others interested in reproductive and abortion rights as well as talk about the work that we do in the community. Many attendees were interested in joining our escort crew and we are excited to utilize our volunteer list to improve our work!

Here’s what some of our staff and escorts had to say about their visit!

“Lady Parts Justice League came to beautify our work parking lot and help show the anti-abortion protestors we are not going be ashamed, we won’t stand down, and we won’t stop fighting for women and their choices. Thank you for visiting and letting us be a part of your amazing journey for reproductive rights!” Kim Baber, Medical Coordinator, Northland Family Planning.

“I identify as a feminist.  I identify as an activist.  I identify as a woman and a warrior for choice.  My conversations often include abortion, vaginas, sexuality, rape culture, and the war on women as a whole.  These things tend to make one a bit of a social pariah, not fully understanding where the rest of the world is in the fight that is SO important.  Gathering in amidst my comrades in struggle, those that share this fight, and supporters of choice, bodily agency, and having full charge of ones decisions regarding their bodies, what can I say?  It was magical.  The importance of showing up for this fight, giving when you can, supporting independent clinics, supporting choice and getting out on the front line to protect our providers, staff and patients, is how and why people like myself keep going.  This is exhausting work, physically, mentally and spiritually.  Nights like yesterday, seeing all of the support we had behind us, ready to mobilize, wanting to do whatever they could, it replenishes any spiritual or emotional deficit and surpasses the "fill line" 10 times over.  It reminds me personally, that what do and what I believe in, is not in vain.  I am not alone!” – Jessica Gird, EMT, CAC & Founder of In This Together Project

“I am so humbled and star struck from the last four days. Not only have I gotten to know these amazing souls personally, but I had the pleasure of being surrounded and supported by LPJL! Some truly amazing and beautiful people. So brave and so awesome. The support and friendships formed within this career and these last few days remind me of why we do what we do and why it's important to keep fighting. I love all my coworkers and all the support we give each other. I cannot tell them all how much they have helped me and how much this support means. Thank you.” Morgan Smith, Special Care Coordinator, Northland Family Planning

"LPJL came through like a breath of fresh air. Because we are often faced with hate, we forget that the majority of the public supports our work! I couldn't believe someone would open their home to a hundred people in order to raise money and awareness for the needs of independent providers! LPJL showed us that organizations have love for providers, but the generosity of our hosts at the BBQ proved that everyday people support a woman's right to choose! Thank you so much!" -- Jordan Wyer, MSW, Development & Outreach Coordinator, Reclaim

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CLINIC ESCORT, SEND YOUR INFORMATION TO INTHISTOGETHERPROJECT@GMAIL.COM

Abortion is Healthcare: Advocates Applaud Proactive Reproductive Healthcare Bills!

We are thankful to have champions like these!

We are thankful to have champions like these!

On June 13, 2017, The Michigan Voices for Women’s Health Coalition introduced a set of proactive abortion bills to increase access to abortion and reduce restrictive barriers currently in place in the state. A woman’s ability to make important life decisions is under attack and every year, access to abortion continues to be chipped away by some politicians since Roe v. Wade passed over 40 years ago.

Restrictions, which have the greatest effect on low-income women of color, can increase the likelihood of poverty, domestic violence, and poor health.  Unnecessary abortion restrictions can lead women to risk their lives to find their own means to terminate their pregnancy.

Northland Family Planning and Reclaim are proud to work within this coalition of champions responsible for the introduction of these bills!

NOW, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Reach out to the representatives who endorsed this legislation package! Thank them for supporting women’s healthcare.

Don’t see your rep? Call them and urge them to support this package!

Abortion is Healthcare and all women deserve better!

We have provided a list of the bills, the representatives who endorse them, and their contact information below. Though this legislation may seem unnecessary, these bills address CURRENT MICHIGAN LAW!

1.     HB 4760, Rep. Pam Faris (Clio) 517-373-7557

·      Prevent Political Interference from Delaying Abortion – Remove unnecessary restrictions that delay access to abortion care by repealing the 24-hour informed consent requirement.

2.     HB 4761, Rep. Christine Greig (Farmington Hills) 517-373-1793

·       Repeal the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act This bill will repeal the requirement that women pre-purchase abortion insurance riders prior to becoming pregnant.

3.     HB 4762, Rep. Vanessa Guerra (Saginaw) 517-373-0152

·       Keep Politics Out of the Exam Room – Prevents health care professionals from providing a patient with information that is not medically accurate or medical services in a manner that is not evidence-based.

4.     HB 4763, Rep. Kristy Pagan (Canton) 517-373-2575

·      Prevent Double Standards – Place in statute that any law or regulation on abortion that places a burden on access to abortion is unenforceable if it does not confer a legitimate health benefit.

5.     HB 4764, Rep. Leslie Love (Detroit) 517-373-0857

·      Patients Right to Abortion Information – Requires that a health facility shall not refuse to provide reproductive health services if withholding them would result in health risk.

Reclaim Needs to Hear from You! Share Your Story!

Starting this Saturday, Reclaim will be sharing one abortion story every week from the women who’ve had abortions, the individuals who have supported them and the providers who continue to care for them.

It has been said that it is impossible to hate someone once you know their story.

So, with these stories, Reclaim hopes to start facilitating change around conversations on abortion while busting stigma around this sensitive (often taboo) topic by hearing from those with first-hand experience. We know that women have to jump through hoops to access abortion healthcare in Michigan and across the country. Politicians responsible for restrictive abortion legislation respond to personal stories. Your input can help women across Michigan! Once this initial story collection grows, Reclaim will focus their political advocacy and future community education events on these stories. 

We want to know what your experience with abortion was like and what it SHOULD be like! We want to hear from the women who experienced abortion first hand, the family members and friends who love them, and the abortion advocates on the front lines everyday.

Without the voices of advocates like you, we will continue to see restrictive legislation chip away at the rights of women. Do your part to make change!

Share you story HERE!