Access to abortion care

Nov. 9, 2022

Michigan residents have voted to amend the state constitution to establish a new individual right to reproductive freedom. This includes the right to abortion, which remains legal in the state.

The University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine strongly support access to safe, comprehensive reproductive health care.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade earlier this year created anxiety and uncertainty. With the passage of Proposal 3, we can reaffirm our commitment to providing comprehensive reproductive health care services to members of our community as well as full-spectrum reproductive health education to students, residents and clinical fellows.

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Recent court rulings have determined that the state of Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban remains unenforceable. That means access to abortion care in the state remains the same today as it was before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

We have not made changes to current abortion care services at our institution, but we will continue to closely monitor and evaluate legal developments on this topic. Future court rulings or the outcome of a Nov. 8 statewide ballot initiative could impact access to abortion care.

Michigan Medicine remains committed to high-quality, safe and comprehensive reproductive health care and access for patients, including abortion.

The University of Michigan is very closely monitoring the complicated legal proceedings related to abortion care in the state, including the decisions on Monday in the cases brought by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Planned Parenthood.

Currently, Michigan Medicine will continue to include abortion care in the reproductive health services it provides to patients.

In addition to our commitment to care for our patients, the university’s longstanding policy is to support our employees and learners, which includes providing legal defense for those who might become parties in civil or criminal legal proceedings by virtue of their good-faith efforts to perform their duties.

As President Mary Sue Coleman has said, “I strongly support access to abortion services and I will do everything in my power as president to ensure we continue to provide this critically important care.”

June 24, 2022

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