Michigan Senate passes bill ALLOWING bullying for “religious reasons”

Michigan Senate Republicans passed a bill yesterday that not only does nothing to aid anti-bullying efforts, but actually gives a “license to bully” based on “moral convictions.” From the Michigan Messenger:

The full language of the insert is: “This section does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil and parent or guardian.”

In a floor speech Minority Leader in the Senate Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) slammed the Republicans over the amended language.

“Here today you claim to be protecting kids and you’re actually putting them in more danger,” Whitmer said. “But bullying is not OK. We should be protecting public policy that protects kids — all kids, from bullies — all bullies. But instead you have set us back further by creating a blueprint for bullying.”

The legislation passed 26-11 (not a single Democrat voted for it) and will now move to the Republican-controlled House. 

I’m furious. How in the hell can these individuals justify telling kids it’s okay to bully as long as there’s a “moral reason” for it? This bill is outlining a way for kids to get away with being vicious and cruel. It’s disrespecting the students who committed suicide because they were bullied and it’s disrespecting those who are tormented every day. What if the people who drove our teenage LGBT friends to suicide last year claimed their homophobic bullying was just a religious statement? Would they be exempt from blame? 

This is an outrage. We cannot let them get away with this. Call Michigan reps and tell them they must vote “no” on this bill, even if you’re not from Michigan. This bill legalizes and practically encourages bullying, and we cannot stand for it. 

This is insane. Insane. Get it out now.
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Urgent Need: Resources for Raped & Pregnant Teenager in Newaygo MI





Okay… I don’t even know exactly what I am asking for here, I just know that I have been approached by a desperate teenager and have NO IDEA what resources exist in Newaygo, Michigan. This young woman was raped by a classmate a few months ago and just found out she is pregnant. She is sure her parents will kick her out. I don’t want to tell her what to do (not that I even know), I want to help her figure out what her options are so that she can make choices with support for whatever they are.

If anyone knows anything about what rape, pregnancy, shelter for teens, or abortion options exist where she is, PLEASE SHARE. Thank you.


calling Michigan?

This is about an hour outside of Grand Rapids. I don’t have any information on me right now, but I’ll look into it soon. Signal boosted. 

I’m in Grand Rapids as well. She needs to get herself to the nearest hospital…it doesn’t necessarily need to be a specialized clinic like Planned Parenthood. Hippocratic oaths require secrecy…but I’m not sure how they depend on her age if she’s a minor.

Newaygo Medical Center/General Hospital
211 W Pine Lake Dr, Newaygo
(231) 652-1631 

Women’s health services in Fremont
1401 West Main Street, Fremont 
(231) 924-7139 

The nearest Planned Parenthood clinics:
Cherry St. Center (Irwin/Martin)
425 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids
(616) 459-3101

Big Rapids Center
208 South Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids
(231) 796-8612

Evenson Center
3641 Byron Center Avenue Southwest, Wyoming, MI
(616) 531-3070