Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
Important medical decisions should be guided by a patient’s health and wellbeing, not by a politician’s beliefs. But for far too long, politicians across the country have been fighting to restrict reproductive health care, and now they are gaining ground.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, a 1931 Michigan law could go back into effect that would make abortion illegal and threaten doctors with prison for up to fifteen years for providing an abortion. In addition to ensuring access to a broad range of reproductive health care, this amendment would make sure no one goes to prison for providing safe medical care. Protecting reproductive freedom in the Michigan Constitution will preserve this right for all Michiganders in our state, no matter what happens in Washington, D.C.
When people are able to make decisions about their own reproductive health care, including whether and when to have children, they have more control over their health and their economic security.
In Michigan, we trust women. The decision of whether to become pregnant or a parent is too important to leave up to politicians. Ensuring that reproductive freedom is protected by our state constitution means politicians in Lansing won’t be able to interfere with or deny our personal decisions.
First the Michigan Board of Canvassers must approve a 100-word summary of the amendment to be placed on the ballot. Then the campaign in support of the amendment must collect a sufficient number of signatures from Michigan citizens to qualify for the ballot. Once the measure has qualified, it will be placed on the November 2022 ballot for voters to decide whether the measure should be passed. If at least 51% of voters vote YES, the amendment will be added to the state constitution.
The campaign to pass this amendment is organized and supported by a growing coalition of Michigan advocates, from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula and throughout the state in between. Currently, the campaign is led by Reproductive Freedom for All, ACLU of Michigan, Michigan Voices, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.
A judge recently ruled in the Planned Parenthood of Michigan lawsuit that the Michigan abortion ban from 1931 cannot be enforced even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. The old abortion ban made it a crime for any doctor or provider to perform an abortion. The court issued a preliminary injunction in the case, which recognized that the 91-year-old law is likely unconstitutional. The preliminary injunction will remain in effect while the case is litigated, and individuals will be able to access abortion services during that time.
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