President Santa J. Ono and Michigan Medicine CEO Marschall S. Runge expressed their support for access to comprehensive reproductive health care following the success of a statewide reproductive-rights ballot initiative.
“The voters of Michigan have approved Proposal 3. This ends the period of uncertainty faced by people across the state since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, including those engaged with the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine for their reproductive health care, and for their education and training,” Ono said.
“The health, safety and well-being of the members of our community remain our highest priority, and we remain committed to providing safe, high-quality and compassionate care across all reproductive health needs, including abortion care.”
The Proposal 3 ballot initiative that voters approved Nov. 8 amends the state constitution to establish a new individual right to reproductive freedom, including abortion.
In a message to the U-M Health community, Runge acknowledged the uncertainty that followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade.
“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 University of Michigan Health for all of their reproductive health care needs,” he said. “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.”
Runge said U-M Health, Michigan Medicine’s clinical care enterprise, remains dedicated to providing patients, families and communities with the full spectrum of reproductive health care.
He also acknowledged and thanked members of the universitywide abortion task force, a group that has met regularly since the spring to ensure Michigan Medicine remains in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to abortion care amid a shifting legal landscape.