UPPER PENINSULA, Michigan (WLUC) – In light of the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade Sunday and a year of historic legislative and judicial steps, Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPM) is revealing what the state’s current reproductive health system might look like as we move into 2023. I go further.
In 1973, the US Supreme Court enshrined in the Constitution a person’s right to choose to have an abortion. That landmark ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court in another landmark move on June 24, when the court struck down a federal right to abortion in its Dobbs v. Jackson decision.
PPM Chief Medical Officer Sarah Valette explains why pro-choice groups still recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cry Sunday, even though it has been canceled.
“It’s an important anniversary and one I think deserves attention,” Wallett said. “Roe v. Wade was the way that we were able to decriminalize abortion for a long time.”
In April, ahead of the June decision, Dr. Wallett and Planned Parenthood sued to block a 1931 Michigan law that would have made abortion a felony if upheld. In May, a Michigan judge suspended the law pending the outcome of the Supreme Court case.
Despite the June decision, Dr. Wallett said there was a silver lining in the year’s development.
“Roe v Wade was not right. It did not ensure access for all. It allowed restrictions to be imposed. It still left those most in need and those with the most barriers to access care vulnerable. ..” said the wallet. “As we think about the anniversary, we have an opportunity to think about a better future. We now have the ability to build on something else in Michigan, to achieve truly equitable access…the silver lining of this It’s that we’ve never really had an opportunity like this before.
Wallet credits the passage of Proposition 3 in the November general election as the start of that new opportunity. The proposal protects access to reproductive care and abortion in Michigan. However, abortion became illegal in several states, including neighboring Wisconsin and Indiana (with exceptions for rape, incest, or the health of the mother and child). Only Michigan has seen an increase in demand for fertility care, Wallett said.
“Since the Dobbs decision was overturned in June with Roe v. Wade, we have seen an incredible influx of out-of-state patients. In a few weeks, our out-of-state patients have doubled or even tripled the volumes we saw before that decision,” Wallet explained. “The need hasn’t diminished in Michigan, and now we’re seeing people in other states also need to come to Michigan for care, and that’s challenging.
Dr. Wallett said PPM has adapted its staff and services to keep up with the demand for care from the additional influx of out-of-state residents.
“Planned Parenthood of Michigan has worked really hard to expand access, increase our clinic appointments, grow our staff, and provide more options, so we are trying to meet that demand,” said Wallet. Can and cannot delay.” “We have created an entirely new position to support patients who need to go to one of our health centers. Helping them with transportation, lodging, food, whatever they need to do, because the challenges of getting needed health care are now too great.”
Meanwhile, other federal decisions have been taken to increase access. For example, on January 3, the FDA finalized a rule change that expands the availability of abortion pills to more pharmacies.
Wallett was not yet sure how that decision would affect demand for care at Michigan clinics.
“Mifepristone is a very safe drug. It can be safely dispensed by a pharmacist through a pharmacy,” Wallett said, “but I think we’re not yet seeing that in Michigan.” What a change that will bring in terms of access. We’re not sure how many pharmacies will have it in stock. Patients still have to meet with a provider to discuss medication abortion and to schedule it… I’m excited that it What could, but I think we’re not ready to see yet how it’s going to really impact access.”
Meanwhile, pro-life groups marked the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade with demonstrations of their continued commitment to ending abortion access across the board. For example, anti-abortion groups from across the country met in Washington DC on Sunday to demonstrate their hopes for a post-Row country moving forward. At the same time, Respect Life Ministry organized a mini March for Life at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Marquette.
There, respect for Joyce Trudeau, chairperson of the ministry of life, said it “grows[ing] An awareness of the need to respect and preserve life, but also to make the community see that we don’t just support pregnant women, but we support them after the babies arrive.
Trudeau said the ministry provides diaper drives and other forms of care for mothers after childbirth.
Despite Michigan having legal access to abortion with Proposition 3, Trudeau said he believes there are fewer individual rights to terminate a pregnancy.
“God made us. He knew us before we were in the womb,” Trudeau said. “We don’t really have the right to take what God made and change it. Every pre-born human has a right to live and we do everything we can to help… We need to help each other so that we can live life.
As far as the FDA’s approval of dispensing abortion drugs in pharmacies is concerned, Michigan pro-life groups have spoken out against the decision.
CVS and Walgreens were among the first pharmacies to indicate they would apply for certification to dispense mifepristone. TV6 reached out to both. CVS Pharmacy said it is not yet certified to dispense the drug and is not taking or able to fill prescriptions for the drug at this time.
CVS said in a statement to TV6, “We are reviewing the FDA’s updated Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) drug safety program for mifepristone to determine the requirements for filling prescriptions for this drug at our retail pharmacies.” can go.” “Following that review, we plan to seek certification to fill mifepristone prescriptions written by authorized providers, where legally permitted, and we will follow all FDA safety protocols regarding the drug. Manufacturer Certification They are responsible for operating the REMS program including the process, so they will determine the timeline for certification.
Walgreens did not respond.
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