Michigan NOW is the largest multi-issue feminist advocacy organization in Michigan. Join us if you support women’s rights.
Save the Date!
“Fostering Feminist Leadership”
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Register by March 30, 2013 for Early Bird Prices!
Legislative update and workshops on reproductive rights, social media, and more.
9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
The worst anti-abortion bill in the nation
“Remember those Michigan lawmakers who were silenced for saying the word ‘vagina’? The bill those women legislators wanted to discuss has passed the Michigan House and is now headed to the full Michigan Senate. If it passes and is signed into law, it will become virtually impossible to find a clinic in Michigan that can meet state regulations for performing abortions.”
Click here: Tell your State Senator to reject HB-5711
The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate now has before it a draconian anti-abortion clinic bill designed to make the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion care, inaccessible for Michigan women. The bill passed the Michigan House in June and the Senate Judiciary Committee in July. Read about what the most potentially dangerous, expensive, and degrading provisions in HB 5711 would really do.
Michigan NOW Announces Endorsements for the November 6, 2012 General Election
The Michigan NOW Political Action Committee and the Michigan NOW State Coordinating Council announce 95 endorsements for the November 6, 2012 general election. These include 23 additional candidates since the August 7 primary and two changes from Support to Endorse in the House 68th and 69th District races.
See the media release for the complete list of endorsed or supported candidates.
Michigan NOW Calls For Discipline of Republican House Leaders
Silencing female legislators is misconduct in office and abuse of discretion.
Michigan NOW condemns the action of House Speaker Jase Bolger, Speaker Pro Tempore John Walsh, and Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas to deny the right of Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum to speak on the House floor on Thursday, June 14. The women were silenced based on a trumped-up charge of “lack of decorum” during consideration of HB 5711, a bill which would close down most abortion clinics in Michigan with onerous and expensive over-regulation. See the complete media release.
Michigan NOW Opposes Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills
Sign the petition to tell the Senate and the Governor to Reject the Bills at www.change.org/petitions/the-mi-state-senate-reject-the-attack-on-women-s-health
See our written testimony that we were not allowed to present orally to the House Health Policy Committee.
Senate Bill 975 Would Allow Religiously-Affiliated Health Insurers, Facilities, and Providers to Discriminate.
Michigan NOW testified against the bill. See our testimony.
Michigan NOW Awards Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon Legislator of the Year
At its annual state conference on Saturday, April 21, the Michigan National Organization for Women honored State Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon with its Legislator of the Year Award.
“She has shown the dedication to service and leadership attributes in her first term as a state representative in Lansing as we predicted she would when we endorsed her candidacy in 2010,” said Bobbie Walton, president of Michigan NOW.
Rep. Hovey-Wright has advanced the status of women through initiating a Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus whose first initiative was building support for Prevention First, a package of proposed legislation that would make obtaining birth control, Pap tests and other women’s health components easier for Michigan women to access. She has also led efforts to increase the number of women running for elected office.
Rep. Hovey-Wright has a long record of service to and leadership in her community. She is a psychotherapist and a licensed social worker who has spent her career helping families and children in the Muskegon area and in schools throughout Michigan. She was a president of the Muskegon-Ottawa County NOW chapter and was the Director of the local Planned Parenthood in the 1980s.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women.
Senate Committee votes 7-1 to approve ban
Blocks most private insurance coverage
By Mary Pollock, Legislative Vice President
Read Pollock’s latest report on the legislative session so far.
Videos on Overview of Michigan Legislature’s Anti-Choice Agenda
The Michigan Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice had a training session for choice advocates on Saturday, March 26, 2011. See and listen to Michigan NOW Legislative Vice President Mary Pollock’s overview of what the new anti-abortion super-majority in the Michigan Legislature is doing to ban or limit abortion and harass clinics.
Michigan NOW Legislative Testimony:
Birth Abortion Bill:
Over-regulation of Abortion
ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN
Roe v Wade Day