Women say abortion care for medical reasons doesn't feel like a choice—instead they are forced upon them by the condition of the fetus they carry. And the constant drumbeat of new abortion bans, rulings and news since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade has reopened raw wounds.
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.
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.