Today, the Republican-led Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee approved an extensive anti-choice measure that would make it next to impossible to obtain medication abortion, enact unnecessary screening requirements, and mandate irrational physical plant requirements that could shut down almost every clinic in the state. If you didn't know this bill was being voted on today, don't blame Twitter and Gchat for being down — the Committee announced their plan to push the legislation less than 24 hours ago.
The hasty decision follows the lead of the Michigan House of Representatives, which rushed the bill (HB 5711) last month, giving pro-choice advocates and abortion providers barely any time to prepare to fight what many called the nation's most restrictive anti-abortion bill. (The gold medal of the anti-choice Olympics, if you will.) Although it's hard to keep track of the overwhelming amount of restrictive anti-abortion measures introduced each month, you'll probably remember this one; it passed after Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum were barred from speaking after saying highly inappropriate words like "vagina."