Women's Health and Birth Control


Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Emancipation of Minors Act, MCL 722.1; Age of Majority Act, MCL 722.52; Affordable Care Act

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

Birth control has more than one use including hormone regulation, menstral cycle regulation, skin clarity, reduces ovarian cysts, increases fertility, reduces the need for abortion. All of these are considered a women's right to take care of her body, and the women should not have to pay a large amount of money just to do so. 

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Being a small group of young women, we have all had some type of experience that has led us to our beliefs that taking care of your body while you're young is important and vital to being a heathy woman. 

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:



Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1: Kris Moyer, Public Health Nurse 

"Birth control is priceless, actually. The cost of an unintended, and perhaps unwanted, pregnancy is very great, both emotionally and fincially. Birth control is an essential health care right for women." 

CONSULTATION 2: Kathrynn Udell (no response)

CONSULTATION 3: Mallory Thompson (no response)



Describe the specific issue or problem, being sure to provide sufficient context so that someone less familiar with the issue has a sense of the bigger picture, but know that your focus here is on a more detailed spelling out of the specific problem or issue that you’ve identified. (250 words minimum)


Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1: Donations from the public or from non-profit organizations who believe in the cause should pay for the remaining cost for birth control. 

SOLUTION 2: Raising awareness about the struggle of young women paying for birth control.

SOLUTION 3: Making a requirement of how much money insurance campanies cover for birth control with women ages 18-24


Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

Peri told us to look into funding for birth control and where is will come from. She also gave us the idea for raisingt awareness, and told us about the gender rights group that she created so we could have a reference point. 

Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

Problem Research: Where women get birth control, how much birth control costs (with or without insurance coverage), Affordable Care Act, and Planned Parenthood. 

Solution Research: Michigan Student Caucus, various websites, and our UM Mentor Peri

Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

Amanda Smith: helped with research

Leslie Jelsh: helped with proposal

Maddison Morrow: helped with research

Alyssa Donahoo: main source of information and topic creater

Amanda Knudsen: helped with solutions to problem

Audrianna Moyer: helped with solutions to problem

Shelby Laupp: helped with proposal


The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS.... 55 million women in the U.S. have birth control under insurance 

WHEREAS.... The Affordable Care Act saved 1.4 million dollars

WHEREAS.... 62% of women use birth control 

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Birth control increases fertility, reduces ovarian cysts, aids in menstral regulation, and reduces the need for abortion.

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).


1. Non-profit (Planned Parenthood) could have money set aside to help young women on birth control who do not have health insurance to pay the full price. 

2. Raising awareness by saving commercals and performing speeches that non-profits pay for. 

3. Insurance regulations to cover more of the cost that come with birth control.


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. People on the pill just want to have sex.

2. Birth control harms babies. 

3. Birth control is not a man's problem, so they should not have to pay for it.

4. Birth control is unnatural

Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  

Government funding or non-profit paying of about 10 million to aid women who are on birth control without insurance and cannot pay for it fully. 


These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.










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