A message from Michigan Medicine leaders: Passage of Proposal 3

November 9, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Colleagues, 

Yesterday, voters in Michigan passed Proposal 3, which will amend the state constitution to provide that every individual has a right to reproductive freedom, including the right to make and carry out pregnancy-related decisions such as those concerning prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion, miscarriage management and infertility care. 

Michigan Medicine remains dedicated to providing our patients, families and communities with the full spectrum of specialized reproductive health care, including abortion. Access to care can be lifesaving and lifechanging. 

In the months since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, our patients faced uncertainty about whether they would be able to continue to turn to U-M Health for all of their reproductive health care needs. With the passage of Proposal 3 we can now assure all people who need our services that we will be there for them. 

The past few months have also brought uncertainty to our clinical learners, and we are also pleased that we can continue to provide full-spectrum reproductive health education to students, residents and clinical fellows. Our faculty and staff can also now be assured that they can continue to provide compassionate care without fear of legal prosecution. 

Patient safety and wellbeing are and remain our highest priorities, and we are devoted to providing high-quality, safe and compassionate care across all reproductive health needs. 

To learn more, visit the university’s Key Issues page. 

We would like to acknowledge the universitywide task force focused on abortion access and thank its members, who have met regularly since the spring to ensure Michigan Medicine remains in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, while adapting to a shifting landscape. 

Sincerely, 

Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D. 
Dean, U-M Medical School 
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, U-M 
CEO, Michigan Medicine 

Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D. 
Executive Vice Dean for Research, Medical School 
Chief Scientific Officer, Michigan Medicine 

David C. Miller, M.D., MPH 
President, U-M Health 

Executive Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, Medical School 

Debra F. Weinstein, M.D. 
Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, Medical School
Chief Academic Officer, Michigan Medicine 

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