The Fight to Protect Reproductive Rights in Michigan Continues!

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we began our harrowing journey towards getting reproductive rights added to our state constitution in Michigan. The organizers in our State led the most effective campaign to protect these rights in the nation, the results of which were incredible. Our efforts to ensure that reproductive rights make it on the November ballots were successful, thanks to all the hard work that Michiganders put in canvassing and signature collecting. This ballot initiative made history, with 753,759 signatures spanning across every single county in Michigan! We hit the goal necessary to get the issue on the ballot, as well as a generous amount of signatures to act as a buffer in the case of any invalid signatures. This measure will be on your ballot in November, thanks to all of your hard work.

But the fight isn’t over.

Now that the measure has qualified with the necessary signatures it will be on the Midterms ballot in November 2022. If 51% or more of voters vote “yes”, the amendment will be added to the state constitution. It’s up to us to finish what we started! We need to make sure everyone is registered to vote, informed about the initiative, and has a plan for election day this November. Reach out to your friends, family, and neighbors to help us get this vital amendment past the finish line. Everyone’s voice matters right now.

If you would like to register to vote, click here
If you would like to join our Tag Me In initiative and be a part of important work like this, click here

Governor Whitmer Joins the Fight to Defend Women’s Rights in Michigan

Last week Governor Whitmer filed a historic lawsuit with the Michigan State Supreme Court. As the U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to dismantle the protections afforded by Roe v. Wade, Governor Whitmer is taking action to protect the right of Michiganders to reproductive healthcare and abortion. She is asking the State Supreme Court to overturn Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, a law which would go back into effect if Roe were to be overturned, and recognize reproductive healthcare as a human right in the state constitution.

In a statement, Governor Whitmer stated “If Roe is overturned, abortion could become illegal in Michigan in nearly any circumstance—including in cases of rape and incest— and deprive Michigan women of the ability to make critical health care decisions for themselves. This is no longer theoretical: it is reality.” According to polling data from this year, nearly 66% of Michigan residents support repealing the 1931 “trigger law” and over 77% believe abortion should be an individual’s decision.

This is just the most recent of a series of actions that have been taken to protect Michigan in this time of uncertainty. If you are interested in getting involved with what the OutCenter is doing to protect reproductive healthcare rights, visit our Tag Me In page and sign up!

Upcoming Area Agency on Aging Public Hearing

Don’t miss this opportunity to help shape a 3-year plan for how state and federal resources will be used to meet the needs of older adults in southwest Michigan. The hearing will be on April 4th from 2pm to 3:30pm at 2920 Lakeview Avenue, Saint Joseph Michigan.

This will be immediately followed by the Older Michiganians Day Local Legislative Forum where you will be able to meet with state legislators representing Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties to talk about issues impacting seniors and younger persons with disabilities across southwest Michigan.

State legislators currently scheduled to attend include: Senators Kim LaSata and Aric Nesbit,
and Representatives Beth Griffin, Brad Paquette, and Pauline Wendzel

Additionally:
We are looking for LGBTQ+ Berrien, Cass, or Van Buren residents who are 60+ years old, or their caregivers, who are interested in sharing their experiences, needs, and the gaps in the system that they feel exist. If you are would like to have your voice and story heard, please email info@outcenter.org to be included.