A Michigan hotel offers free stays and transportation for women traveling to the state to have an abortion.
The Yale Hotel announced the offer in a Facebook post last month in response to a flood of laws restricting access to the procedure in conservative states, including Georgia, Ohio, Missouri and Alabama.
& # 39; Dear sisters living in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri or one of the other states that follow similar laws that restrict access, we cannot do anything about the way you are treated in your home state, & # 39; hotel manager Shelley O & # 39; Brien wrote.
& # 39; But if you can reach Michigan, we will support you with various overnight stays and transportation to and from your appointment. & # 39;
The Yale Hotel in Yale, Michigan, offers free stays and transportation for women traveling to the state to have an abortion. Hotel manager, Shelley O & Brien, announced the offer last month in a Facebook post following a stream of legislation restricting access to the procedure in conservative states, including George, Ohio, Missouri and Alabama
The Facebook post of the Yale Hotel, which has been updated several times during the month since it was first shared on May 16, can be seen in full above
When the post got traction online, O & Brien said she was approached by a number of people who sent women in need to Yale, a largely conservative city with fewer than 2,000 people, about 67 miles north of Detroit.
& # 39; We have wonderful people in our village … we have your back, & # 39; O & # 39; Brien, a mother of three, wrote on Facebook.
On the weekend, O & # 39; Brien revealed that nobody has taken her on yet, but she has a room ready for anyone who needs it.
THE & # 39; HEART RATE FACTOR & # 39; MOTION: WHICH STATES ARE THE MEASURES
STATES THAT NOW HAVE THE LEGISLATION OF & # 39; FETAL HEART NAVIGATION # 39; TO HAVE
- Georgia (signed in the law of 7 May 2019)
- Ohio (signed in the law of April 11, 2019, although it is be challenged)
- Alabama (passed on May 14, with no exceptions for rape or incest 25-6, from the moment of conception)
- Missouri (signed in the law of 24 May)
- Louisiana has passed a law that Gov John Bel Edwards has said he will sign
STATES IN WHICH ACCOUNTS ARE BLOCKED
- Arkansas (expired March 2014, blocked March 2015)
- Mississippi (signed in law March 21, 2019, blocked May 2019)
- North Dakota (expired July 2015, blocked January 2016)
- Iowa (passed in May 2018, blocked in January 2019)
- Kentucky (expired March 2019, blocked April 2019)
STATES CONSIDERING THIS
- Tennessee has a bill but the Republican AG warned it will be difficult to pass and lead many to vote against
- South Carolina gave near-final approval to the bill last month
- Texas wanted to bring the death penalty for women undergoing abortions
- West Virginia introduced an account in February 2019
- Floridahis bill failed, but anti-abortion lawmakers are expected to try again
- Minnesota suggested the bill in January 2019
- Maryland& # 39; s not succeeded in April
- Kansas Republican lawmakers try and fail to cancel a veto that blocks a fetal heartbeat account
- New York& # 39; s account proposed in February
She calls it & # 39; Jane & # 39; s Room & # 39; after Jane Roe, the pseudonym for prosecutor Norma McCorvey in the monumental Supreme case of the Supreme Court Roe v Wade.
In the week after she announced the offer, O & Brien said her company saw a $ 400 increase in bookings.
The manager recently agreed to donate 25 percent of revenue that is a direct result of the new policy to organizations that help women gain access to safe and legal reproductive services, such as the Yellowhammer Fund in Alabama.
The policy of the Yale Hotel has been widely welcomed, along with much criticism.
One person said: & # 39; Thanks for supporting women everywhere in such a strong, bold way! As a Michigan resident, I just added you to & # 39; places I want to visit & # 39 ;. & # 39;
Another accused O & # 39; Brien and those who celebrate the offer to & # 39; abortion & # 39; to which the manager replied: & # 39; Nobody celebrates abortion. If I got my way, there would never be another.
& # 39; But I live in the real world, and the sad truth is that not all pregnancies go as planned and without many women suffering and / or dying.
& # 39; For a certain population, your offer can make the difference between getting one and not, and I thank you for giving that opportunity, but for very many people it has nothing to do with why they need one .
& # 39; I can't stick to the fact that my sisters are out there, alone and scared, without having to go. Well, they can come here.
& # 39; I will not be pleased with the outcome, but I will be grateful that I could be on a very difficult journey for one of my sisters. & # 39;
In the past few months, several states have implemented laws that seriously restrict access to abortion by penalizing doctors who terminate pregnancies after a certain date.
Anti-abortion campaigners have stepped up their efforts since Donald Trump was elected president and appointed two conservative judges to the US Supreme Court, hoping to convince the court to re-examine Roe v Wade.
The day before O & Brien announced the policy of The Yale Hotel, Alabama adopted an almost complete ban on abortions, including cases of rape or incest.
Georgia, Ohio, Missouri and Louisiana have & # 39; heartbeat bills & # 39; introduced that prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen within six weeks, when most women don't even know they are pregnant.
Similar laws have also been passed in Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, Iowa, and Kentucky, although they have been blocked by courts to enter into force because of legal problems against them.
A so-called & # 39; heartbeat bill & # 39; was introduced last week by Republicans in the state senate of Michigan.
Michigan's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has said that she will veto bills that restrict access to abortion.
O & # 39; Brien says no one has taken her on her offer so far, but she has a room ready in case. She calls it & # 39; Jane & # 39; s Room & # 39; after Jane Roe, the pseudonym for prosecutor Norma McCorvey in the monumental Supreme case of the Supreme Court Roe v Wade. The interior of the Yale Hotel is shown
The Yale Hotel donates 25 percent of revenue that is a direct consequence of the new policy to organizations that help women gain access to safe and legal reproductive services
Landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, 1973
In 1973 the American Supreme Court recognized the constitutional right of a woman to abortion in Roe v. Wade. The historic ruling legalized abortion nationally but divided public opinion and has since been attacked.
The case was filed in 1971 by Norma McCorvey, a 22-year-old resident in Texas, unmarried and seeking an end to her unwanted pregnancy.
Because government legislation prevents abortions from happening unless the mother's life is in danger, she could not undergo the procedure in a safe and legal environment.
So McCorvey challenged Henry Wade, the Dallas County District Attorney, in 1970. The case went to the Supreme Court, under the submission of Roe vs Wade, to protect McCorvey's privacy.
Decision of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has announced the decision-making power for divorce that the right of a woman to make her own medical decisions, including the choice to have an abortion, is protected under the fourteenth amendment.
In particular, that the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment has a fundamental & # 39; right to privacy & # 39; Offers that protects a woman's freedom to choose whether or not to protect an abortion.
… nor will a state rob a person of life, freedom or property, without due process
The historic ruling saw abortions decriminalized in 46 states, but under certain specific conditions that individual states might decide. For example, states could decide whether abortions were only allowed during the first and second trimesters, but not the third (usually longer than 28 weeks).
Among pro-choice campaigners, the decision was praised as a victory that would mean fewer women becoming seriously ill or even deadly from abortions performed by unskilled or unrecognized practitioners. In addition, freedom of choice was seen as an important step in the struggle for equality for women in the country. Victims of rape or incest could end the pregnancy and not feel compelled to be included in motherhood.
Pro-lifers, however, argued that it boiled down to murder and that every life, regardless of how it was conceived, is valuable. Although the decision has never been overturned, anti-abortors have tightened hundreds of state laws since then limiting the scope of the judgment.
One was the partial abortion prohibition law signed by President George W. Bush in 2003, which prohibited a procedure used to perform abortions in the second quarter.
McCorvey lived a quiet life until the 1980s when she revealed herself as Jane Roe
Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe)
After the verdict, McCorvey lived a quiet life until the 1980s when she revealed herself as Jane Roe. McCorvey became a prominent, outspoken pro-abortion voice in American discourse, and even worked in a women's clinic where abortions were performed.
However, she made an unlikely turn in 1995, became a born-again Christian, and began traveling the country against the procedure.
In 2003 she filed a motion to overturn her original 1973 ruling with the US District Court in Dallas. The motion went through the courts until it was finally denied by the Supreme Court in 2005.
McCorvey died in February 2017 at the age of 69 in a residential care center in Texas.
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