Michigan Democrats propose bills to prevent unintended pregnancies

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation they say is aimed at preventing unintended pregnancies in Michigan.

Bills unveiled Wednesday in the Republican-controlled state Capitol would require employers to inform workers and job applicants about reproductive health care coverage. Other measures would require the state to distribute information about emergency contraception and health facilities to make emergency contraception available to rape victims.

Rep. Winnie Brinks of Grand Rapids chairs the Progressive Women’s Leadership Caucus. She says family planning is the “cornerstone of women’s health” and it’s “critically important that we give women the tools they need to control their fertility.”

The legislation also would prohibit employers from discriminating against women on the basis of their contraceptive use.

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