Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Important Message from LWV

Dear Local League Member,

The League of Women Voters is opposing HB5711, a bill that would limit Michigan women's access to reproductive health care. It has been voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be acted upon by the Senate on August 15.

Please contact your Senator by phone or email before August 15, using the following suggested message.

Thank you,

Sue Smith, President

Dear Senator ,

I oppose HB 5711, the bill to limit Michigan women's access to reproductive health care. This bill will not protect the health or well-being of Michigan's women; instead, it would create unnecessary barriers to women being able to obtain a safe and legal medical procedure.

This legislation will adversely impact access to obstetricians and gynecologist in Michigan by adding more regulations for doing business in Michigan. It is important that women continue to have access to comprehensive medical services. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists testified that Michigan already has a shortage of physicians.

The bill also requires women who have accidental miscarriages to involve a medical director and a funeral director as well as to publish death notices in the newspaper. This is an unnecessary intrusion of privacy at a very difficult time in a woman's life.

Further restrictions to safe and legal medical procedures are not needed. Instead we need legislators to focus on programs that reduce unintended pregnancy, such as family planning and sex education.

I urge you to vote NO on HB 5711.


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