Target: Michigan State Senators
Goal: Oppose extreme anti-abortion bill that would severely compromise women’s ability to receive necessary reproductive care in Michigan.
HB 5711, a controversial bill that would erode Michigan women’s access to full reproductive health care, has just passed in the Michigan House and is headed for voting in the Michigan Senate. If the bill gains approval and is signed into law, it would become virtually impossible for a clinic in Michigan to adequately meet state regulations for performing abortions.
The committee that was in charge of considering this bill in the Michigan House heard testimony from 10 people, nine of whom were opposed to the bill, including a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Despite this testimony, the committee still passed the bill, demonstrating personal interests dominated what should be an objective decision-making process.
This extreme anti-abortion bill is chock full of unnecessary restrictions and requirements directed solely at clinics where abortions are currently performed. The fact that an abortion is a procedure that is proven to be less invasive and less risky than many routine procedures performed in hospitals shows that the requirements outlined in HB 5711 are not meant to increase safety for women, but rather deny them a right granted to them by law.
If HB 5711 passes, it would force Michigan women to pay for the burial, cremation, or interment of any fetus over 10 weeks into gestation. For fetuses at 20 weeks gestation, women would have to obtain a death certificate. This is a ridiculous first in the history of the country, created solely to increase the costs of the service for women, including women who have been raped.
The bill has numerous onerous requirements for doctors and clinics who perform abortions. Clinics would have to make costly and unnecessary renovations, even if they only administer the morning-after pill. This single requirement would have the dramatic effect of causing most clinics and health centers in Michigan to close. The remaining few would be forced to charge much higher fees for services that statistics have confirmed one in three women will need during her lifetime.
Rural Michigan women already struggle to find quality care due to the few obstetricians and gynecologists working in rural areas. Under HB 5711, physicians performing more than five abortions per month would be required to carry $1 million in liability insurance. Clearly, many doctors would either stop providing abortions or leave the state, making it exceedingly difficult for women to access the health care services they need.
Sign the petition below to urge Michigan State Senators to oppose this extreme anti-abortion bill that would severely compromise women’s ability to receive necessary reproductive care in Michigan.
Dear Michigan State Senator,
I am writing to express my vehement opposition to HB 5711, the extreme anti-abortion bill that passed the Michigan House despite intense disapproval. The committee that was in charge of considering this bill in the Michigan House heard testimony from 10 people, nine of which were opposed to the bill, including a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Despite this testimony, the committee still passed the bill, demonstrating personal interests dominated what should be an objective decision making process.
HB 5711 is a threat to women’s health and obstetrician/gynecologists’ livelihoods in Michigan. The bill’s numerous onerous requirements and restrictions would cause many clinics and health centers to shut down, making it unnecessarily difficult for women to access health services they urgently need. It would force many doctors to stop offering their services or leave the state, and make abortion absolutely inaccessible to Michigan women, even for women who have been raped.
It is clear that HB 5711 was not designed to prioritize women’s health. I urge you to stand with doctors, women and their families and oppose this extreme and unnecessary bill.
[Your Name Here]