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Stateside Podcast: Record-breaking support for reproductive rights

Abortion supporters and opponents rally in Ann Arbor
Jodi Westrick
Abortion supporters and opponents rally in Ann Arbor

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the overturning of Roe v. Wade, long-term abortion access in Michigan remains dubious. Although a temporary injunction from the Michigan Court of Appeals currently blocks the enforcement of a 1931 law banning abortion in almost all cases, the final decision on abortion rights in Michigan may come down to a vote in November.

A ballot initiative organized by the Reproductive Freedom for All campaign aims to put the constitutional right to abortion in Michigan to a vote in November, and needs at least 425,059 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. On Monday, the Reproductive Freedom for All campaign turned in a record-setting 753,759 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State.


  • Loren Khogali, executive director, ACLU of Michigan
  • Clara Hendrickson, Report for America Corps Member, The Detroit Free Press


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Ronia Cabansag is a producer for Stateside. She comes to Michigan Public from Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a BS in Media Studies & Journalism and English Linguistics with a minor in Computer Science.
Anna joined Stateside as an assistant producer in August 2021. She is a recent graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism and previously worked for The State News as an intern and student government reporter.