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Michigan Civil Rights Commission Speaks Out on Reproductive Rights, Authorizes Department of Civil Rights to Address Discrimination Against Individuals in the Exercise of their Reproductive Rights

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has passed a resolution supporting reproductive rights and authorizing the Michigan Department of Civil Rights – the Commission’s operational arm – to address discrimination against individuals in the exercise of their reproductive rights. The resolution also called on the Department to support the Governor and other elected officials in protecting and advancing the reproductive rights of all citizens of the state of Michigan.

“The Commission believes that it is essential, in light of the US Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, to do what we can to protect the fundamental rights of the Michiganders who this ruling will impact,” said Commission Chair Portia Roberson. 

The resolution declares that the right to privacy and bodily integrity is a fundamental right of all people, and that national and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, recognize reproductive rights as a fundamental human right.

The Commission also authorized the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to provide an amicus curie brief to support and assist efforts by any party to protect equal access to reproductive health care in the state of Michigan.

Find the complete text of the resolution on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights website at

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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