rape http://michiganradio.org en Most of Detroit's abandoned rape kits still haven't been tested http://michiganradio.org/post/most-detroits-abandoned-rape-kits-still-havent-been-tested <p></p><p>Five years ago, 11,000 rape kits were discovered abandoned in a Detroit police warehouse. That discovery sparked outrage.&nbsp;</p><p>Since then, only about 2,000 of the kits have undergone DNA testing.</p><p>Why? And what's the broader message sent out to victims of rape? Does it make it seem like they don't matter?</p><p>Rebecca Campbell is a professor of community psychology and program evaluation at Michigan State University. She was brought on board by the National Institute of Justice to evaluate how these Detroit rape kits were handled.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:27:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17528 at http://michiganradio.org Most of Detroit's abandoned rape kits still haven't been tested Starting Friday, basic insurance policies in Michigan are barred from covering abortions http://michiganradio.org/post/starting-friday-basic-insurance-policies-michigan-are-barred-covering-abortions <p>Michigan’s law barring insurance companies from including abortion coverage in basic policies takes effect this week.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7 insurance companies, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, will offer an additional rider.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16781 at http://michiganradio.org Attorneys hope for new trial for Michigan man convicted of 1996 murder http://michiganradio.org/post/attorneys-hope-new-trial-michigan-man-convicted-1996-murder <p>Attorneys today&nbsp;will ask for a new trial for a man convicted of a 1996 rape and murder in Kalkaska.</p><p>They say new evidence raises serious doubts about the man’s guilt.</p><p>Jamie Lee Peterson is serving a life sentence for the 1996 murder of Geraldine Montgomery. He did confess to the crime, but he later recanted.</p><p>Last year, authorities arrested another man after DNA evidence connected him to the crime.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16316 at http://michiganradio.org Attorneys hope for new trial for Michigan man convicted of 1996 murder How will Michigan's new abortion law work? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-michigans-new-abortion-law-work <p>On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide – women's reproductive rights remain in the political spotlight.</p><p>Let's turn our attention to that subject here in Michigan. It was mid-December when state lawmakers approved a controversial law requiring consumers to buy separate policies for abortion coverage.</p><p>This means a person has to buy a rider before knowing they need an abortion; they would not be able to buy a rider after getting pregnant. And the law does not include exceptions for rape or incest.</p><p>The law goes into effect in March, and there’s confusion over just how this is supposed to work.</p><p>Marianne Udow Phillips is director of The&nbsp;Center for&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Healthcare Research &amp; Transformation at the University of Michigan. She talks to us today and explains what the new law means.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:28:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16137 at http://michiganradio.org How will Michigan's new abortion law work? New blood test can determine paternity before birth http://michiganradio.org/post/new-blood-test-can-determine-paternity-birth <p>Pregnant women in Michigan can now use a simple blood test to identify the father of their unborn child.<br><br>Three labs across the state now offer the noninvasive prenatal paternity test. The Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing sites are part of the ArcPoint Franchise Group.<br><br>With only a blood sample from the mother and a cheek swab from the potential father, paternity can be determined as early as five weeks after conception.</p><p>At that time, the pregnant woman's blood starts carrying fragments of the fetus' DNA.</p><p>The labs send the mother's blood samples and potential father's cheek swab to <a href="http://www.ravgen.com/index.php?page=prenatal-dna-paternity-test-2">a different lab</a> in Columbia, Md., where technicians compare genetic markers to determine paternity. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:39:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10228 at http://michiganradio.org New blood test can determine paternity before birth Michigan Supreme Court rejects claim jury was not impartial in Kent County rape case http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-rejects-claim-jury-was-not-impartial-kent-county-rape-case <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of a Kent County man who claimed he was denied a fair trial because of the racial makeup of his jury.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:26:16 +0000 Steve Carmody 8080 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court rejects claim jury was not impartial in Kent County rape case