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Voters in November could get an opportunity to add abortion rights to the state constitution.
Are You Striking for Women’s Rights on Friday? Learn Why #DayWithoutUs Is Asking You To 

Organizers in Michigan and across the country are asking people to stay home from work and school this Friday, Sept. 30, in response to Roe v. Wade's overturn.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon supports banning abortion care in Michigan—a scenario that could become much closer to reality if Republicans are elected to Congress in November. (Kyle Kaminski/'Gander Newsroom)
Proposed National Abortion Ban Highlights Future of Reproductive Freedom Under GOP Leadership

Recently proposed legislation makes clear that Republican lawmakers—including those from Michigan—would curtail reproductive freedoms if they take control of Congress. And for voters, that means the future of abortion care will be decided at the polls in November.

Members of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, from left, Richard Houskamp, Anthony Daunt and Mary Ellen Gurewitz listen to attorneys Olivia Flower and Steve Liedel during a hearing, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Lansing, Mich. The elections board rejected an abortion rights initiative after its two Republican board members voted against putting the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot. The two Democrats voted in favor, but getting the measure on the ballot required at least three votes of the four-member board. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
GOP Escalates Fight Against Citizen-Led Ballot Initiatives

The broader Republican pushback against the initiative process is part of a several-year trend that gained steam as Democratic-aligned groups have increasingly used petitions to force public votes on issues that Republican-led legislatures have opposed—both in Michigan and beyond.

Marijuana is fully legal in Michigan, 18 other states, and Washington D.C., and legal for medicinal use in 18 additional states.
Democrats Want Biden to Decriminalize Weed. It’s an Idea Michiganders Overwhelmingly Support.

Most Michiganders want legal weed, and so do seven in 10 Americans. It's about as popular of an idea that can exist in modern politics.

Polling shows nearly six in 10 voters support extending the pause on federal student loan payments.
Will Most Michiganders Qualify if Biden Forgives Student Loans?

Around 400,000 Michiganders would have student loan debt erased, if the plan turns out the way experts are speculating.

Protestors gather in California to support marriage equality in 2008. (Karin Hildebrand Lau/Shutterstock)
Five Michigan Republicans Voted Against Marriage Equality (It Still Passed)

Without much help from Michigan Republicans, the US. House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex and interracial marriages.

An abortion rights rally at Michigan Capitol in Lansing, 2019. (Rachel Goodhew/ Shutterstock)
Abortions Are Still Legal in Michigan—At Least for Now 

Seven things to know about abortion access in Michigan after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.