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Let Women Die Day – A Day to Remember

Let Women Die Day – A Day to Remember

Let Women Die Day turned out to be June 13th.  HB 5711 just passed 70-39 with six Democrats voting yes…Charles, Brunner, Paul Clemente, Bob Constan, George Darany, Richard LeBlanc and Lesia Liss.  HB 5712 and HB 5713 will be reviewed after their summer break as they want to make sure the proposed ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy — which doesn’t include an exception for rape, incest or fetal anomaly — is constitutional. One of our member’s letter to her State Senator sums up how most of us feel about this attack on our rights.
Dear Senator Richardville,

My name is Susie Simons and I am a 24 year female from East Lansing. Michigan has always been my home and I always thought we were smarter than most other states with backwards laws from the olden days. I am ashamed and heartbroken that these bills becoming such an “important” thing to the Republican Party and the fact that everything is being done to silence opposition, despite the fact that the government is supposed to be OURS and we are supposed to be able to voice our opinions.

I feel as a woman that my gender really is being attacked with these awful bills that are masquerading as being good for us and to help. Sure it seems like regulating places with abortion services is the goal but we are not fooled by the facade that has been created to sneak these by us. If that’s the only goal then why not simply make it a bill that says these are the standards expected, and inspections will happen on a schedule regularly and surprise inspections will occur to check on them. But that is not what the bills do.

I’m sick of being lied to and I’m sick of politicians wasting time on these horrible bills that make me terrified to ever have a child. This is something I’ve been looking forward to my whole life and if these bills take effect and a fetal anomaly is found after 20 weeks I may have to give birth to a baby with no brain or other defects that will make it IMPOSSIBLE for my child to live. I’ve been through enough in my life including being raped, almost dying in a car accident, watching friends and loved ones die, and I refuse to add something like that to my lifetime. Carrying a dead baby is not on my list of things to do either and if my baby dies in my womb there is no exception for me to have an abortion to keep from carrying a dead baby. This is beyond cruel.

Please if you must discuss these bills in the senate I beg you to uphold the rules of your office you were elected to and set an example for the children of our state that we allow ALL people’s voices to be heard! This is what our country was founded on and I am so very sad that it seems that is no longer the case.

I am ashamed to be from this state right now and I’d really appreciate if you could restore my faith in our legislative process. Allow us to speak and listen to the doctors that know about medical necessities. Politicians are not doctors.

I urge you to please focus on things this state needs, like job creation and growing our economy, NOT on silencing the women of this state that grow our population and pandering to the pro-lifers who do not care about the people they are harming with these horrid bills. Please do not make me fear for my life if I ever do want to start my own family.

Thank you for your time.


Susan Simons 

In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that states could pass restrictions on abortion so long as they did not create an ‘undue’ burden on women’s access to abortion. Just how far do these laws need to go before they are deemed an ‘undue’ burden?

About Karen TeegardenKaren Teegarden, CEO Karen Teegarden is the CEO of UniteWomen.org, founded on February 19, 2012. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and works in the marketing and advertising sales industry in Michigan. Her daughter was raised to believe in her core that she was created equal. Karen began this journey to assure that all women live in a country that protects their equality.


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