Whitmer signed a law to add abortion rights to the civil rights act
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a law today (WED) to protect workers from discrimination in employment because they’ve had an abortion.
The new law adds abortion protections to Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which covers employment, housing, education, and public accommodations.
Among other things, the expansion of the law would protect women from on-the-job discrimination in hiring or promotions over a decision to have an abortion.
In a statement, Whitmer says no one should face discrimination for accessing their reproductive rights. Whitmer also signed a law earlier this year to formally repeal Michigan’s 1931 statutory abortion ban.
All this comes after voters last year approved an amendment to the state constitution with sweeping protections for reproductive rights.