July 24, 2015 — Lawmakers in Michigan on Wednesday unveiled multiple bills aimed at reducing unintended pregnancies in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (AP/Sacramento Bee, 7/22).
The legislation, announced by the Progressive Women's Legislative Caucus, would bar employers from discriminating against women based on their use of contraception; mandate that employers tell workers and job applicants about coverage for reproductive health services; and require the state to disseminate information about emergency contraception. In addition, the proposed legislation would mandate that health facilities that provide care to sexual assault survivors make EC available to them, as well as ensure the state moves to curb the rate of teenage pregnancy (Michigan House Democrats release, 7/22).
Rep. Winnie Brinks (D), chair of the Progressive Women's Legislative Caucus, said family planning is the "cornerstone of women's health." She added that it is "critically important that we give women the tools they need to control their fertility" (AP/Sacramento Bee, 7/22).