Health Care Professionals
Open Letter regarding RFFA

Read the open letter, signed by 1,500+ Michigan health care professionals in support of the Reproductive Freedom for All ballot initiative.

An Open Letter to Michigan Voters:

We are Michigan health care professionals who care deeply for the health, safety, and well-being of our patients. We have dedicated our careers and lives to providing evidence-based care, delivered with quality, safety, integrity, and compassion. That is why we support the Reproductive Freedom for All Initiative—a ballot initiative that would give voters the opportunity to protect Michiganders’ freedom to make reproductive health decisions across the spectrum of care, including those related to pregnancy, abortion, birth control, miscarriage care, fertility treatment, prenatal care, and childbirth.

Even though more than 730,000 Michiganders supported a petition to put this initiative on the November ballot, its fate is unclear. As a result of a split decision by the Board of Canvassers, the Michigan Supreme Court is now tasked with deciding whether this initiative will be put before the voters. The stakes are incredibly high: our state currently has a law criminalizing abortion care—passed in 1931. The Reproductive Freedom for All Initiative would ensure reproductive decision-making is protected from dangerous government interference like this century-old law.

We trust our patients to make the best decisions for their health in our exam rooms, and urge state policy makers and fellow Michiganders to affirm the right to reproductive decision-making. We hope that the Michigan Supreme Court will side with the will of the people and ensure the Reproductive Freedom for All initiative is on our state’s November ballot. On November 8th, we look forward to voting YES to pass the Reproductive Freedom for All Initiative. We urge all our fellow Michiganders to join us by registering to vote today, and joining us at the polls in November.

Sincerely,

Halley Crissman
MD, MPH, FACOG, Obstetrician Gynecologist, Michigan Section ACOG Advocacy co-Chair

Lauren Owens
MD, MPH, FACOG, Obstetrician Gynecologist, Michigan Section ACOG Advocacy co-Chair

Courtney Townsel
MD, MSc, FACOG, Obstetrician Gynecologist, State Liaison Network, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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