Rep. Angela Rigas spoke out today on the House floor in Lansing as a package of bills targeting abortion facilities and procedures in Michigan.
Referred to as the “Reproductive Health Act” this package would reduce longstanding restrictions, inspections and government oversight rules for the state’s abortion clinics which would also include facilities providing miscarriage treatments, stillbirths, and other infant loss procedures
“This bill is improperly named,” Rigas said. “It shouldn’t be the reproductive health act – it should be the reproductive harm act. Women deserve better than this because this is not health care.”
“Lowering safety standards is not healthcare. Reducing inspections is not healthcare. Enticing college age kids into unsafe medical procedures which could cause future infertility is not healthcare. I know and I know from experience.”
Last month, Rigas moved the House to tears during a speech detailing her long history with infant loss and infertility including a disastrous procedure at a highly regulated clinic for a miscarriage which gave her a multi-year infection, scarring and severe infertility issues.
“So many of my colleagues seemed to understand that day that life is precious, and women need to be protected during these operations,” Rigas said. “I thought we’d learned what can happen to women alone with doctors in this state but apparently Democrats still have not. My heart breaks as this moves forward. It’s going to hurt so many women and even more children. Women who may go through what I did deserve better. Their government failed them today.”
Rep. Angela Rigas secured a rare unanimous vote for a resolution in the often-divided Michigan state Legislature last week by passing House Resolution 149. HR 149 officially establishes October 15 as Infant-Loss Day in Michigan to “recognize the grief of the families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss and to help heal and […]
Rep. Angela Rigas is speaking out following a marathon House session that lasted from 10 a.m. Thursday morning to just after 1 a.m. Friday morning. The primary issue keeping legislators in their seats while deals were made and pressure applied was a clean energy package that mandates a switch to solar and wind power for […]
Freshman legislator Rep. Angela Rigas spoke out on the floor today in Lansing against HB 4647 — which would change licensing and registration requirements for Michigan barbershops and barber colleges. Specifically, the bill would change the word “annually” to the word “regularly” when it comes to the required frequency of licensing inspections for these businesses. […]