I have been president of BCRTL for one year. During the past year, I have had the privilege of seeing Roe v. Wade overturned. June 24, 2022, was a momentous day in the history of our nation. I am so grateful to the Lord that the U.S. Supreme Court justices did the right thing. After 50 years and 63 million babies lost, the opportunity to protect the youngest members of our nation has returned to the states, to ‘we the people.’ On the federal level, a great victory has been won, but on the state level, in Michigan, we are facing a battle of epic proportions. A battle that goes beyond what even Roe v. Wade legislated. A battle that will be determined by the votes of ‘we the people’.
The sponsors of Proposal 3, the Reproductive Freedom for All proposed constitutional amendment on the November 8th ballot, want you to believe this is a simple proposal that will give women rights. But if passed, 41 state laws that protect the health and safety of women and children will be gone! All 41 laws were allowed under Roe but will not be allowed under Proposal 3.
Proposal 3 goes too far, is too extreme, and the language is too confusing. Women and children will be greatly harmed by this Proposal. If passed, Proposal 3 will affect everyone. Someone you know, a child, a friend, a neighbor, or a family member will be negatively affected by this Proposal.
There are many alarming aspects of this Proposal, but the removal of parental consent is most concerning and grievous. Children can’t have their teeth pulled without mom and dad’s consent (and payment for the procedure), but under this Proposal, children will be allowed to make decisions regarding abortion and what gender they would like to be without mom or dad’s knowledge. Children--who need the guidance of their parents, and parents who have the right to guide their children, will not be allowed to do so under this Proposal.
How did this happen? How did we let this get this far? How as a people would we allow our children and women be harmed by this Proposal?
Proposal 3 breaks my heart, and it breaks my heart that we had to reach a crises point before we would speak out about it. It breaks my heart that many people are continuing ‘business as usual’ because they feel they won’t be affected by the Proposal.
I wish it were true, but we are all going to suffer if Proposal 3 gets passed by ‘we the people’.