In Michigan, about 30 bills have been introduced that Planned Parenthood believes are designed to chip away at women's rights to abortions, contraception and preventive care. Sponsors say the legislation reflects public sentiment against abortions and protecting religious freedoms.
What's different, they say, is that the bills now have a chance at passage with GOP gains since the 2010 elections. Two-thirds of Lansing lawmakers are solidly anti-abortion, according to Planned Parenthood......
Ed Rivet, legislative director of Right to Life of Michigan, said now is "absolutely" the best political climate he's seen for the group's agenda.
After the eight years under Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her potential veto of legislation perceived as anti-abortion, he said: "There's been a lot of pent-up demand."
Anti-abortion advocates have "earned" the opportunity, he said, through hard-fought gains in legislative majorities and moving public sentiment.
"We didn't wake up overnight in November 2010 and suddenly we were in Oz," Rivet said. "We worked our way there."
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