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    Effects of New Abortion Restrictions

    Vincent Szczerowski

    In March, Governor Snyder signed a bill that would not allow insurance companies to provide policies that included abortions as a standard feature. Instead, they would have to sell an additional rider to their policies that would cover abortions. These riders are not offered on individual plans, but rather ...

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    State-based Exchanges and Elective Abort …

    Jordan Kroll

    Enacted in 2010, the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (later amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act) sought to reform health care in the United States. There were numerous provisions passed with the act, one being the requirement of all health care plans to offer contraceptive ...

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    Michigan Considers Caylee's Law

    Alicia Adamczyk

    After the highly publicized trial of Casey Anthony, a 25-year old single mom from Florida who was acquitted of murdering her 2-year old daughter Caylee, many states have been attempting to legalize “Caylee’s Law,” to strong opposition.

    The bill was proposed after Casey Anthony failed to report her daughter Caylee missing. ...

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    State to recruit child welfare workers f …

    Jocelyn Cutean

    In 2008, Children's Rights, an advocacy group based in New York, sued the state of Michigan for failing to protect its most vulnerable children. Widespread inefficiency and overwhelming caseloads that endangered children was the major issue addressed in its suit. In the court settlement, the Michigan Department of Human Services agreed ...

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    Abortion Law Reform Proposed

    Jocelyn Cutean

    Michigan Law is undergoing close examinations in light of the newly uncovered abortion clinic mishap late October, 2010. Citizens for a Pro Life Society, one of Michigan's prominent pro-life activist groups, have made claim that they discovered upwards of 17 human fetus', along with various medical records, patient information, and ...

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    Michigan Challenges Hate Crime

    Jocelyn Cutean

    Michigan ranks fourth highest in the nation for hate crimes by the FBI and Michigan Department of Civil Right's. The number of organized hate groups in the state has climbed since 2009. The Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC) is a joint enterprise with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the ...

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    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy Creates …

    Jocelyn Cutean


    On Tuesday October 14th, 2010 U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, in Riverside California, ordered the military "immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation" or other proceeding to dismiss gay service members. The infamous 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law states homosexuals may serve in the military, but only if they keep ...

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    Michigan's Foster Care System: In Need o …

    Tina Wolverton

    The state of Michigan’s welfare system must address the problems found in a recent federal report concerning foster care in the next three years or face a $2.8 million penalty. 

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    Families Worried about Michigan’s Budg …

    Tina Wolverton

    In June, Ismael Ahmed, Michigan's head of Department of Human Services, requested the regular grant from the Federal government to help aid Child Care Development. Michigan's current budget crisis has many people worried, however. It is under debate how much funding the state government will have to match ...

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    Changes in Michigan per Obama's Stem Cel …

    Jessica Deloach

    On March 9, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that reverses the limitations on stem cell research instituted by President George W. Bush. Bush's limitations allowed for federal funds to be used by scientists to study human embryonic stem cells, but he opposed the use of stem cells that were ...

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    The Release of Michigan Prisoners

    Jessica Deloach

    Michigan officials have been trying to decide whether or not they should release another 5,000 prisoners into society. This action would save Michigan $260 million between 2005 and 2010. This issue has raised a lot of societal concerns in the community. As it already is, prisoners that are released into Michigan ...

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    Child Support Improvements in Michigan

    Child support in Michigan is one of the best functioning child support programs in the nation. But to further improve the program, Michigan employers have joined the attempts at getting children the money that they need for life necessities. Michigan employers are assisting the government more frequently and strongly than ever
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    Jocelyn Cutean serves as Morality and Family policy correspondent for the Michigan Policy Network. She is a first-year student at Michigan State, majoring in Theatre and English. Jocelyn has experience working on the executive board of the Waterford Chapter Coalition for Youth. She has also piloted a grant funded city wide public service announcement entitled, "It Just Wasn't Worth It" which exposes the repercussions of driving while intoxicated. Jocelyn enjoys art of all forms, from writing to performance.