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Action Fund Launches Largest Effort Ever to Educate and Mobilize Voters; Traveling to 11 States in 17 Days as Part of Women are Watching Battleground State Bus Tour  – Lori Lamerand, Board Chair of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Danielle Brinn, Lansing health center manager, and local student leaders are expected to attend.
What: Planned Parenthood Action Fund is hitting the road on the Women are Watching bus tour, stopping in Canton, MI on Tuesday, August 21 to make sure voters know what’s at stake for women’s health in November.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund sees firsthand the people who are being hurt by policies that attack women’s health, so we know why this election matters so much. Through this unprecedented bus tour, voters will hear directly from women in their own communities who would be hurt by policies that politicians like Mitt Romney support.
This bus tour is part of Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s largest-ever campaign effort, which the organization has undertaken because so much is at stake for women’s health in this election and because women will decide the outcome of this election.
Efforts to eliminate access to birth control, cancer screenings, and basic preventive health services started in Congress 18 months ago.
Now pending before the Michigan Senate is an anti-women’s health Mega Bill that would make the full range of reproductive health care services — including abortion care — virtually inaccessible in Michigan. Under the Mega Bill:
  • • Women’s health centers would have to shut down unless they could turn their exam rooms into full-fledged outpatient surgical operating rooms — even though medication abortion only involves the administration of pills.
  • • Certain OB/GYNs will have to carry $1 million in insurance coverage — a burden that is not imposed upon any other specialty.
  • • Doctors would be required to follow outdated FDA protocols when providing medication abortion despite scientific evidence that shows the commonly used evidence-based protocols are safer for women;
  • • HB 5711 also contains a prohibition for the use of telemedicine to provide women with medication abortion services. This includes a common form of emergency contraception known as Ella and could restrict access to this safe and effective form of birth control.
This attack on women’s health comes at a time when so many Michigan families are struggling in a tough economy. According to the Michigan Department of Public Health, for every dollar spent on pregnancy prevention, the State of Michigan saves $6.37 in Medicaid costs. That’s a real impact on taxpayers.
The Canton, MI, rally will allow Michigan women who would be hurt by the policies that politicians like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan support to speak out about what’s at stake for women’s health in this election.

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