Here’s your recap on the three things you must know in NOW news for the week of March 26.
VP Pence Provides Tie-Braking Vote In Bill Targeting Funding For Family Planning Facilities
President Barack Obama applied a rule to Title X during the last months of his administration that would ban states from blocking grants to family planning centers that provided abortion services. Thanks to Republican Senator Johnny Isakson, who dragged himself to chambers to vote while still recovering from back surgery, and a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, that rule will most certainly removed.
The bill will now go to President Donald Trump to sign. If signed, this will put family planning centers in danger, especially those in states where many anti-reproductive rights measures are being passed.
Both Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters opposed the results of the vote and made their opinions heard.
Today’s vote was simple: it’s about basic health care for women. I'm outraged that Republicans voted to take that away from women across MI. pic.twitter.com/HI97Ajm0pG— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) March 30, 2017
Every woman has a fundamental right to make her own decisions about reproductive health. The gov't has no right to stand in her way. #TitleX pic.twitter.com/iok4jZT7aq— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) March 30, 2017
MI Senators Oppose Gorsuch
When it comes to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters have our backs in opposing this stolen nomination.
Both Senators issued statements regarding the matter. Senator Stabenow’s statement made mention of Judge Gorsuch’s “long record of siding with special interests and institutions instead of hard-working Americans, while Senator Peters’ statement touched on how Judge Gorsuch “believes that corporations have greater rights than individuals.”
Michigan Celebrates International Transgender Day of Visibility
Friday, March 31 was International Transgender Day of Visibility, and in Michigan, eight communities flew the Transgender Pride Flag at public buildings thanks to the assistance from EqualityMichigan, who shared the photo collage highlighting the eight flag displays.