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I wanted to share a speech I intended on delivering to my Republican colleagues on the floor of the Michigan Senate today as the offensive new "rape insurance" law they passed has now taken effect. Unfortunately, they adjourned the Senate today without giving me my constitutional right to give this statement, but while they may not have wanted to hear it, I wanted to share exactly what I had planned on saying to them.

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I rise today to remind my Republican colleagues of what today is.

As of today, your rape insurance proposal is now the law of the land in Michigan.

Thanks to what every single one of you on that side of the aisle did, rape victims in Michigan that become pregnant from their attack will now be told by their doctor - and their private insurance company - that they’re on their own.

Yes, a victim of a sexual assault in Michigan will now have to face the reality that their Republican legislators – those who decry government involvement in health care on a daily basis - passed a law that does exactly that. Except it only applies to women, so apparently that doesn’t count.

And if taking away the rights of rape victims weren’t enough, thanks to what you did, Michigan women with wanted pregnancies who are told by their doctors that something has gone horribly wrong and their pregnancy must be terminated will be told that their government doesn’t think that’s necessary medical care.

They too will now face a reality that you have prevented their private insurance company from covering the exact care that’s needed, that their doctor recommends, and is in the best interest of their own health.

In short, it’s a whole new era of unequal health care you’ve created here today, an era in which women are treated as second class citizens and told their male dominated legislature and a the extremist special interest group that funds their election campaigns know far better about the types of health care coverage they should have than their own doctor does.

So I have to ask, why aren’t you speaking out proudly about this today?

Is this not exactly what you wanted?

Is this not exactly what your vote was in favor of?

Or is it because, god forbid, you actually know what you did is wrong? That you know your vote that created this disgusting law was the absolute wrong vote to make? That if you could go back in time, maybe you’d put the health and the rights of your wives and your daughters ahead of what Right to Life told you to do that day?

I know that’s true for at least some of you.

Some of you told me yourselves in private shortly after the vote was taken that you wished you had the courage to vote against this disgusting bill.

You know who you are. I don’t need to name any names here today. But if you came to me that day seeking absolution for what you did, I’m here to tell you that on behalf of the millions of women and young girls you belittled that day and whose lives you’ve hurt as a result, the answer is no.

The people of Michigan asked you not to create this law. You didn’t listen.

My colleagues and I shared deeply personal stories - stories that none of us should have had to speak about publicly but felt compelled to in an effort to get you to actually think about what you were about to do.

We tried in vain to show you that your actions would have very real and very serious consequences on countless women throughout our state, including some of us right here in this very building.

But you didn’t care. You didn’t even have the courage to stand up and respond, or utter a single word out loud as to why you were about to pass this terrible law.

You instead sat silent, content to push your voting buttons and cash the campaign check you’d soon be receiving from those who were telling you to do this.

And so, here we are today. Rape insurance is now the law of the land, and not a single one of you wants to mark the occasion. So I’m doing it for you.

As this horrible law takes effect today, I want you to remember what you did.

The next time you read a story in the news about a woman being raped, remember that you turned your back on her and told her that she doesn’t deserve every available medical option that’s available to her.

When you hear of a woman facing a difficult pregnancy, one that may sadly end prematurely, remember that you told her that her health and well-being is less important than your ability to get the endorsement of a radical special-interest group.

And when women from across the state ask you why you would do something so offensive, remember that you had a chance to stand up for them and put their interests ahead of the absolute worst of what politics can be, and you chose not to.

I’m proud to know that I come here every day and fight to make Michigan a better place for my 2 daughters. But I’m disgusted to know that they’re now growing up in a state in which this kind of misogyny is now the law of the land.

I had to agree when I heard Rachel Maddow say this about our legislature just last night: “Over the last few years, Michigan state government has become way more insane than anyone nationally gives them credit for.”

Well, you may not be getting enough credit for it nationally, but across our state, the people know this exact kind of insanity happening here at their Capitol all too well.

I’m going to keep fighting on their behalf, and I can promise you that there are a whole lot of people out there ready to keep on fighting with me.

I haven’t forgotten what today means. Nor have the people of Michigan.

And you better believe we’re going to remember it November as well.    

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 09:09 AM PST

Michigan's $7 Million Days

by GretchenWhitmer

After a tough and trying 2013 in which Michigan Republicans forced their half-baked agenda down our throats at every turn, 2014 should mark a fresh start in the Capitol, a time to start anew and try to move past the partisan politics and petty pursuits that were the hallmark of Michigan Republicans this past year.

But as much as I would relish a clean slate for the Michigan Legislature in 2014, we start today with a brutal hangover from 2013 that dwarfs any you might be experiencing from your New Year’s Eve festivities. While last night ended with a countdown, today began with a different one, as January 1, 2014, marks the start of a 90-day clock that, thanks to Michigan Republicans, is going to cost taxpayers a whopping $630 million. That’s $7 million A DAY, around $291,667 an hour, $4,861 a minute, and $81 a second. That’s YOUR money being wasted and it’s all because Tea Party Republicans wanted to prove some ill-conceived political point.

In August, months after its bipartisan passage in the House—and after months of Republican obstruction in the Senate—legislation to expand Medicaid in Michigan was finally passed. The proposal provides health care coverage for nearly 500,000 low-income Michigan residents and saves the state more than $600 million, and because of its combined benefits and significant cost SAVINGS, it had widespread support from Republican Governor Rick Snyder, business groups, hospitals, doctors and labor organizations.

But in another move of political grandstanding and a final kiss off to the people of Michigan, Michigan Republicans bent to the whim of Tea Party extremists and used a procedural move to delay the Medicaid expansion plan’s effective date from January 1, 2014, to April 1, 2014. Their stunt benefited no one and only succeeded in stalling health care for Michigan residents in need and costing our state $7 million every single day between January 1st and April 1st.

Does that sound like fiscal responsibility and good government to you? Is that how you think the elected officials you have entrusted with the well-being of the state should behave? I think not. And that’s why we have launched a new website, www.7milliondollardays.com, to draw attention to the ever-growing price tag of Michigan Republicans’ political games and enable YOU to get in touch with THEM to tell them what you think.

Regardless of your opinions on Medicaid expansion and health care, I hope that we can all agree that no political point is worth $630 million to prove. And I hope you will join me in telling legislative Republicans that this behavior is appalling, and more importantly, unacceptable.

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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Last year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a proposal that would have required Michigan women to purchase a separate rider on their health insurance to cover abortion. At the time, he told his fellow Republicans that, "I don’t believe it is appropriate to tell a woman who becomes pregnant due to a rape that she needed to select elective insurance coverage."

I don't often agree with Governor Snyder, but in this case, he was absolutely right!

Unfortunately, those same Republican legislators may have now found a loophole around his veto and are working with an extremist special interest group to enact this proposal into law without your vote and without the ability for the Governor to veto it again this time.

Their plan would once again forbid private insurance companies from providing abortion coverage to women, even in cases of rape and incest, unless she has already purchased a separate insurance rider to cover it. This would force women to decide whether they want to buy 'rape insurance' and even compel parents to make the unfathomable decision about whether to buy it for their daughters.

Put simply, this idea is offensive and Michigan women need your help to stop it!

Special interest groups paid to get 300,000 people, only 4% of Michigan's population, to sign a petition to bring this issue back before the Michigan legislature. The Republican majority now has a choice to either directly turn this terrible initiative into law, or they can instead opt to let the voters decide its fate on next November's ballot.

I don't know about you, but last time I checked, 4% of the population isn't supposed to be able to make fundamental changes in our laws that impact 100% of Michigan's women! Instead, the people of Michigan deserve to have their voices heard and their votes counted on this issue.

We can show these special-interests that the people of Michigan are opposed to their offensive proposal. You can sign the petition at www.LetMIDecide.com to add your name to those asking the Michigan Legislature to NOT pass this proposal into law and to instead let the voters decide next November.

I hope you'll not only sign this yourself, but share it with others as well so we can make our voices heard as loudly as possible.

Please visit www.LetMIDecide.com to help out today.

Thank you!

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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It seems that enough is never enough with Michigan Republicans.

Despite the fact that they already control the Governor’s office, the Michigan House and the Michigan Senate, Republicans are now taking an absolutely unprecedented and shameless step to try to rig the courts in their favor as well.

I spoke out against Senate Bill 652 last week as they jammed it through the Senate without giving any proper hearing on the bill, and today, Republicans in the House took the next step by passing it out of their chamber as well. This bill would take the Court of Claims, the court the people of Michigan rely on to file suit against the actions taken by their Government, and put it under the direct control of partisan judges and political appointees.

The impact of this move cannot be understated. It would make it far more difficult, if not outright impossible, for the public to challenge the laws being rushed through by Republicans as the judges that would now be in charge of hearing those cases could be those put on the bench by the very same Republicans. It is nothing short of a subversion of the checks and balances between the three branches of government and a power grab to stack the courts in favor of their own party. This bill has been fast tracked through the Legislature, introduced less than two weeks ago, and if past experience has taught us anything, when Republicans ram through legislation the outcome is never good for the people.

Newspapers have spoken out across the state against this action. The Detroit Free Press asked “is rigging the fight in broad daylight what now passes for transparency in government?” while the Lansing State Journal correctly pointed out that “The speed at which this bill is moving suggests a political agenda rather than a better government agenda.”

Even worse, a well-respected former House Republican staffer who worked on the House Judiciary Committee for more than 40 years testified in opposition to these bills yesterday, calling his former employers out for attempting to rig the courts against the people and eroding the very foundation of our justice system.

In short, this legislation attacks the very core of our system of Government. It’s offensive to me not only as a Senator or an attorney, but as a person who believes there is a fundamental right for our citizens to be able to challenge the laws and policies of their government in a fair and nonpartisan court. Their decision to move this legislation through as quickly as possible raises serious questions as to the legalities of what they're doing, but also what they're trying to hide from the public in the process.

I, for one, hope the Governor finally shows some conviction and calls this bill what it is—a political ploy meant to silence the people and uphold questionable, unethical and even unconstitutional legislation. Please join me in calling on Governor Snyder to veto this bill, and if he won't, we can make it clear that this won't be forgotten come 2014.

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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It was announced yesterday that Michigan’s unemployment rate for August rose to 9%. While a 0.2% increase from July's rate may seem minor, the pattern it is illustrating is not. August marks the third month in a row that unemployment has gone up in our state and the fourth month in a row that it did not go down.

Even as Michigan’s unemployment rate inches back upward, the national trend has seen unemployment go down which naturally begs the question: What happened to the windfall of jobs we were promised as Governor Snyder and our Republican legislature pushed through their misguided agenda over the past few years?

Michigan Republicans cut taxes for big corporations by nearly $2 billion with the promise of creating jobs while raiding our schools and taxing our seniors in order to do so. They cut the Personal Property Tax with no sound proposal for replacement revenue, swearing up and down that businesses would hire more workers with that extra money. And they told us that passing Right to Work and vilifying organized labor was supposed to flood our state with new companies and high-paying jobs.

Yet, here we are, looking at four straight months without a decrease in unemployment, and moving steadily in the wrong direction. The national economy is growing while Michigan’s economy is being left behind and, worst of all, there is no sense of urgency among my Republican colleagues to change course and finally do what’s necessary to create jobs and offer tangible relief for the people of Michigan.

While the citizens of this state continue to look for work, I've watched as my Republican colleagues in the Senate busied themselves with legislation that ranges from absurd to downright dangerous. They've squandered opportunities to attract jobs and talent to our state and recently went as far as delaying our newly expanded Medicaid program simply because it was associated with Obamacare. Unfortunately, their action will not only will keep our low-income earners from having access to healthcare, but will cost Michigan more than $600 million because they chose to play politics instead of doing the right thing.

I often wonder how my colleagues that have taken us down this path are able to look their constituents in the eye that remain struggling to find gainful employment and tell them that they're truly here in the Capitol working for them. I hear from people across the state every single day that are angry as they watch their Legislature working to help business leaders while ignoring our families. Meanwhile, Governor Snyder travels the globe, leaving his legislative agenda in disarray in the process, only to come home empty-handed.

At least his success rate has stayed constant.

So when is our supposedly metrics-driven Governor going to take a look at the metrics and see that his efforts have stalled—not jumpstarted—Michigan’s economic recovery effort?

Governor Snyder and Legislative Republicans like to tout that government should be run like a business, and they fooled the people of Michigan into thinking that that meant it would be run well. Instead, Michigan Republicans’ policies have further lined the pockets of the wealthy while Michigan’s middle class families are still looking for work. Our schools have been cut and our taxes have been raised, and the promise of jobs has fallen flat.  

I urged my Republican colleagues today to take a long hard look at their economic policies, and an even longer and harder look at themselves, to see what they’re doing to Michigan. I implored them to have the courage to admit they were wrong, and the common sense to tackle real and effective job creation in Michigan.

Together, we can solve these problems, but only if they're ready to come to the table and work with us and work with the people of Michigan on a plan that puts families, not politics, first.

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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As disappointing as it was to see the news of Detroit's bankruptcy filing, now is not the time for despair, nor is it a time to point fingers. Instead, it should be a time of hope and a time to look forward for all of Michigan as we come together in support of our largest city and the economic hub of our state.

Over the years, we have watched Detroit persevere. We've seen the spirit of the city and its residents stand up to historic economic challenges and not lose hope that they can not only endure, but overcome. It's that spirit that has sparked a renewed investment in the city, as businesses large and small have begun opening their doors in Detroit after decades of relocating elsewhere because they believe Detroit's best days lie yet ahead.

Bankruptcy isn't the option anyone hoped for, but now that it is a reality we must work together to ensure it succeeds so that the recovery taking place within the city will not only continue, but accelerate.

We are all Detroiters today, and together, we can make sure that we not only endure this latest challenge, but overcome it and show the world that the city and our state's greatest successes have yet to come.

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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I’ve seen a lot of disappointing actions take place in the Legislature over the past couple years, but yesterday, I was absolutely disgusted to see my Republican colleagues simply walk away from doing their jobs for the summer without taking action on something as critical to the well-being of our state and our families as Medicaid expansion.

This vote should have been simple.  It’s legislation with bipartisan support including the Governor, the business community, healthcare advocates and a host of others that would provide access to preventative healthcare for nearly half a million Michigan residents and save our state billions of dollars in the process.  It’s action that’s been taken in a number of other states, including Republican controlled ones like Arizona, where it was recently championed by Tea Party favorite, Governor Jan Brewer because even she understood it was the right thing to do.

Yet, here in Michigan, even after the legislation was passed with bipartisan support in the State House, Republicans in the Senate left for their summer vacations yesterday without even taking a vote on it.  It was the ultimate act of cowardice and a slap in the face to the families that would most directly benefit from these policies being enacted.

Had Governor Snyder been engaged on this issue instead of leaving the country as the legislation was struggling to find support in the Senate, it may have never come to this point, but the message he sent the Republicans last night was exactly right: Take a vote, not a vacation!

The people of Michigan deserve a vote on this legislation, not elected officials putting their political motives and the whims of the Tea Party ahead of doing the right thing.

It’s not too late to make Medicaid expansion happen in Michigan, but it very soon will be, so I hope you’ll join me in calling on the Senate Republicans to get back to the Capitol and do their jobs.

Together, we can send a very clear message to these obstructionists here in Lansing that if they don’t want to be leaders, then we’ll gladly find others who do in the next election.

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:53 AM PDT

Equal Pay Day in Michigan

by GretchenWhitmer

Today marks Equal Pay Day in the United States, a date noted on the calendar every year to symbolize how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012.

While we, both as a state and as a nation, have come so far in terms of recognizing the importance of equality in terms of race, gender and, thankfully, sexual orientation as well, the truth of the matter is that women are still facing discrimination in their paycheck every single day.  Even more troubling is that for the first time in years, the problem has actually gotten worse.

The latest report from the National Women’s Law Center shows that the earning gap between men and women widened across the nation recently as women are earning only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men with that gap even larger for women of color.   Here in Michigan we’ve fallen to 45th in terms of income equality between men and women in the United States with women earning only 74 cents compared to men in our state.

Yet, at a time when we should be working to find solutions to this problem, Republicans seem content to make it worse.  While “Right to Work” has been widely criticized for a number of very valid reasons, one critically important one is the fact that it jeopardizes language in contracts that unions have fought for to require equal pay for women.  Unfortunately, even as I spoke out on the Senate floor to point this fact out to my Republican colleagues as they rushed to pass that terrible legislation, they responded with indifference.

We can, and must, do better.  As we mark today as Equal Pay Day across the United States, let’s remind legislators here in Lansing that as we fight to create jobs across Michigan we must also fight to enact the policies that value women’s work and foster a thriving economy for us all.

We owe it Michigan’s next generation of women leaders to do nothing less.  

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Remember when Michigan Republicans tried to give bullies a religious or moral excuse to torment our kids in school hallways? Unfortunately, they're at it again.

This morning, Republicans once again brought up Senate Bill 136 in the Senate Health Policy Committee, legislation that would allow health care providers to discriminate and refuse care for patients based solely on -- you guessed it -- their religious or moral beliefs. It's legislation that would allow medical personnel to arbitrarily decide to deny care for patients, even in life threatening situations, as long as they can claim it goes against their own personal beliefs.

SB 136 creates frightening scenarios in which pregnant women's lives are put at risk when a doctor refuses to assist during a miscarriage. It allows pharmacists to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions even in communities where prescription drugs are not available anywhere else. It would even allow emergency personnel to refuse to administer life-saving treatment to someone for reasons as simple as that person being gay, of another race, or a different religion.

Put simply, this legislation tells every single person in Michigan that their health and happiness is less important than appeasing the political desires of the extreme right-wing special interest groups in Lansing.

This legislation is dangerous, it goes against every established principle of medicine, and it must be stopped!

We rose up together and demanded these Republicans back down on their "license to bully" and it's time for us to do the same on this terribly misguided "license to malpractice."

As Republicans continue to try to pass this bill, I'm asking that you take just a few moments to contact your State Senator and demand that they put the health of Michigan families above special interest politics by voting NO on Senate Bill 136.

Together, we can send a powerful message once again that the people of Michigan demand better than this from their elected officials.

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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As the leader of the minority party in the Michigan Senate, I often have to write here about the harmful legislation I see moving through the Capitol and what we need to do to stop it.  Today, however, I'm writing about legislation that I've been proud to work on over the past year and was excited to help reintroduce today, The Michigan 2020 Plan.

To put it simply, The Michigan 2020 Plan represents the single best investment Michigan can make in our economy, our students and our future.  It would provide each and every Michigan high school graduate with the opportunity to attend one of our world class public universities or community colleges and have their tuition paid for in its entirety.  It would send a message that our state is ready to truly compete for the jobs of tomorrow by creating the most highly educated workforce in the nation today, a move that economists and business leaders all agree is the single most important step we can take to bring job providers here to Michigan.

This plan will grow our economy, create new jobs and take away the economic barriers that prevent far too many of our kids from attaining their dream of a college education.  Best of all?  The Michigan 2020 Plan won't raise taxes one cent!

You can read more about how The Michigan 2020 Plan is paid for on our website, but the reality is it's quite simple.  Michigan currently hands out nearly $35 billion each and every year in tax expenditures, loopholes that were often put on the books decades ago and have never been looked at since.  Our plan would create a non-partisan commission of economists to review each of those tax expenditures and eliminate those that simply do nothing to help grow our economy or create jobs.  Eliminating a mere 5% of those tax expenditures would give our state enough money to fund the Michigan 2020 Plan for generations to come.

My colleagues and I have spent the last year talking about this plan with people across the state and we are more convinced than ever that it's the right plan for Michigan.  We reintroduced the legislation to enact The Michigan 2020 Plan in the Senate today and are making it our single highest priority to see it passed into law this year.

I hope you'll agree that education is the path to economic prosperity in Michigan and encourage your legislators to pass The Michigan 2020 Plan and send a message to the rest of the world that we are ready to invest in ourselves, our students and our future.

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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P.S. - If you know a High School Senior that could use $10,000 to go toward their college education this year, we are once again holding the #mi2020 Scholarship Competition that will give one winner the opportunity to experience the impact of the Michigan 2020 Plan right away.  You can read more about this exciting opportunity on our #mi2020 Scholarship Competition website.                
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Business leaders continue to tell us that education is the single greatest investment our state can make if we are to grow our economy and create the next generation of jobs for Michigan workers.   Whether it’s creating early childhood education opportunities for all of Michigan’s kids or pioneering new paths toward a more affordable college diploma, Michigan needs to make education our single highest priority when it comes to our state’s budget.

Unfortunately, despite this call for investing in education, Governor Snyder continues to tell us there's a new way to educate our kids that’s focused on disinvesting in our public schools and redirecting that money to charter schools and the for-profit companies that operate them.

The Education Achievement Authority is a new favorite project of the Governor’s. He’s talked frequently about his desire to expand the authority statewide and grow it exponentially while continuously removing local control from our neighborhood schools. Even at a time that Governor Snyder is starving every other school district in the state, he gladly threw an additional $2 million at the EAA in an attempt to show it’s succeeding, but the reality is, it isn’t.

In the latest MEAP scores issued just last week, only 0.9% of 3rd grade students in the EAA tested as "proficient" in reading and math.  You read that correctly – less than one percent of 3rd graders in schools operated by the EAA are reading and writing at a level we should consider acceptable, a disgraceful number that the Governor should be embarrassed by.

And what about charter schools that the Governor continues to tout as better alternatives to our traditional public schools?  Just last week again, it was discovered that at least 8 teachers at a new Muskegon Heights charter school system were teaching in classrooms despite lacking proper certification.  These uncertified and unqualified teachers were brought in to replace highly skilled teachers at the school following its conversion to a charter system not because it was in the students’ best interest, but because it saved the company running the schools money and increased their profits.

To put it simply, Governor Snyder’s education plan is a disaster. Schools are meant to be places of learning and growth, not places where CEOs are cutting corners to turn a higher profit.

Our families have watched as billions of dollars have been stolen from the state’s School Aid Fund over the past two years to support the Governor’s tax handout to large corporations.  We’ve seen class sizes soar and schools close their doors as the Governor touts his new model of education that’s focused on profits rather than results.

It’s time we stopped trying to run our schools like a business and focus on our children’s needs and their futures.  We must invest in our state by investing in our schools once again and make them a place where each and every child has the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed while also investing in our community colleges and universities to create affordable access to a world class education.

You’ll be hearing more from my caucus and me in the coming weeks about our education plan that puts students first, not corporations.  I hope you’ll agree that our kids deserve nothing less from us.

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
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Last week, the Michigan Senate issued a revision to the health insurance plan it offers its employees.  The change, pushed through by Republican Senator Rick Jones, told our employees - or should I say our FEMALE employees - that abortion care would no longer be provided to them under any circumstance.  No exceptions to the rule.  No explanations provided.

Yet while the Republicans feel it appropriate to take away reproductive care from our female employees and our daughters, they saw no reason to eliminate their Viagra from the Senate insurance plan at the same time.

It's hypocrisy at its worst, but more importantly, it continues to show how tone deaf Michigan Republicans are when it comes to women's issues.

Let's be clear - no woman ever wants to be in a position where an abortion is necessary, but there are very real circumstances that women face where they become necessary.  What if - god forbid - one of our female employees here in the Senate, or even a family member were to be raped?  And what if they were to become pregnant from that?  Republicans have sent them a message through this action that satisfying their own political egos is more important than ensuring that woman has access to every available healthcare option in her darkest moment.

I spoke out against this action on the floor of the Michigan Senate today and I hope you'll take a look and share it with others so they can see the war on women in Michigan is alive and well!


 

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