"We'll say it again, until we're blue in the face: elections have consequences! There's no sitting these out for a spell, since our efforts today can determine the fate of lives decades from now and beyond." ~Right to Life of Michigan
Everything we have worked for is on the line!
A ballot proposal called the Reproductive Health Act has been filed by a pro-abortion coalition made up of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Reproductive Freedom for All, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and Michigan Voices. The proposal seeks to eliminate Michigan's life-affirming law that bans all abortion except to save the life of the mother. This law has been in place since 1846 but it has not been enforced due to the U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Michigan's "old law" protects the baby through all nine months of pregnancy. Along with this long-standing abortion ban, all prolife Michigan laws from the past 50 years would likely be invalidated as the ballot proposal makes abortion a state constitutional right using very broad language.
This effort would REPEAL
* our old abortion ban * the prohibition on publishing "how to" guides * the partial-birth abortion ban * the parental consent law * the informed consent law * the coercive abortion prevention act * the abortion insurance opt-out law * the clinic licensing law * the prohibitions against schools referring for abortion * the law prioritizing family planning dollars aware from abortion clinics.
Essentially, this referendum would eliminate nearly every legal protection for the unborn and for women seeking abortions.
We don’t know the exact language of the petition and we won’t know until the Board of Canvassers approves it in February, but we have to be prepared to lose everything!
What will our response be? On Monday January 10th, Right to Life of Michigan (RLM) filed an opposing committee named Citizens to Support MI Women and Children with the Board of Canvassers. On January 14th, the RLM attorney submitted a written counter to the proabortion language. RLM President Barbara Listing said, "We have before us a challenge and opportunity like none other. These next 9 months will be a test of our fortitude and courage, a test of whether we are willing to “lay everything on the line” to defend the rights of the unborn. Together we can win this new battle between life and death, good vs. evil."
The time is now. What will your response be?To learn more, click HERE.
Prayer Needed: Will You Pray? On August 11, 2021, the Right to Life of Michigan Board of Directors passed a motion to pray for the U.S. Supreme Court Justices that through the Dobbs vs. Jackson, Mississippi case they overturn the 1973 abortion decisions, Roe v Wade and Doe v Wade. On each Friday starting with September 3, 2021, through the announcement of the Court’s decision in June/July 2022, we will be praying for each Justice by name for justice, compassion, and restoration of legal protection for the most innocent members of our human family, unborn babies. We ask God to grant each of the Justices wisdom, courage, and faith in their deliberations during the Dobb’s case before them. The 9 Justices are: Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Stephen Breyer, Neil Gorsuch, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas.
Contact Congress and Ask Them to Support the Hyde Amendment Right to Life of Michigan | August 3, 2021
The House of Representatives voted last week on the preliminary vote for the Hyde Amendment. The vote was 219-208 in favor of excluding the Hyde Amendment from the 2022 federal budget. This vote was the result of President Biden’s decision not to include the Hyde Amendment in his $6 trillion budget proposal. The Hyde Amendment prevents direct taxpayer funding of abortions. For more than four decades, it's been included in every annual budget. Presidents Clinton and Obama sought to undermine it and were somewhat successful. However, the Hyde Amendment survived, and continues to stop tax funding of most abortions and have bipartisan support from more than two-thirds of Americans.
The House of Representatives are currently on a summer recess during the month of August and will continue back in office in the fall. During this recess, it is imperative that we let our representatives know that we support the Hyde Amendment so they will too. The next step for the Hyde Amendment is to be voted on by the Senate. If there are any differences in the outcome of the amendment, the House and the Senate will attend a conference committee to reach a final vote.
Our prolife and even pro-abortion representatives and Senators need to know that we should not be forced to pay for abortions. The efforts that are taken to contact representatives will make a world of a difference between an increased, "free" abortions or a decrease in abortions. Some of you have already contacted your U.S. Representatives and Senators about the Hyde Amendment in previous campaigns--thank you. We have updated our Prolife Action Response Team (PART) tool to coincide with our current Save Hyde Statewide Campaign so please contact Congress again. Please complete phone calls in addition to e-mails. Phones calls are more effective and they can't be filtered like e-mails can. To contact your representative through PART, click HERE.
Fast Facts: What will happen in Michigan if the U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade Excerpt from Barbara Listing, President, Right to Life of Michigan | July 2021
On May 17, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court made a monumental announcement. The high court has decided to take up a case which involves Mississippi's 2018 ban on abortion past 15 weeks of pregnancy. This case is a DIRECT CHALLENGE to Roe v. Wade. Oral arguments in the case will take place this fall, with a decision coming in approximately one year... one year from today!
What will a reversal of Roe look, right here, right now , as Michigan gets prepared for this monumental Supreme Court decision. 1) We first outlawed abortion in Michigan, in 1846... 175 years ago. 2) That law from 1846 has never been officially rescinded. It is still on the books to this very day. You can find it in Section 14 of the Michigan penal code. 3) As a matter of fact--and this may take you by surprise--abortion has never been legalized in Michigan. The only reason you can get an abortion today, in Michigan, is because Roe v. Wade overshadows that old law. 4) But once Roe is reversed, our law from 1846 can go back into effect. 5) We will have to reaffirm that old law at the ballot. But first and foremost, Roe v. Wade must be overturned by the United States Supreme Court.
Action steps: 1) Pray Roe v. Wade is overturned. 2) Get ready to protect our Michigan law from being overturned by pro-abortion forces. 3) Donate to Right to Life of Michigan and/or Berrien County Right to Life. Help us in our efforts to create awareness of the law that is already in place in Michigan and encourage protection of that law by voting pro-life.
On behalf of the little ones... Stand firm!
PART Now Available from Right to Life of Michigan This link offers you opportunities to contact legislators and public officials about current events and priority legislation. Join the team and do your PART (Prolife Action Response Team) to protect our right to life!
Candidate Fact Sheets Available from Right to Life of Michigan To find out where the US Senate Candidates stand on life, click here. To find out where the Presidential Candidates stand on life, click here. To find out where the Vice Presidential Candidates stand on life, click here.
Elections Have Consequences! When you vote on November 3rd, start with life! To learn more about the criteria and candidates that Right to Life of Michigan has endorsed, please click here.
Pending State Legislation
Clickhere to view the pending state legislation as provided by Right to Life of Michigan.
Pending Federal Legislation
Click here to view pending federal legislation as provided by National Right to Life.
Contact Your Senators and Representatives
Berrien County State Senator, 21st District - Kim LaSata | website State Senator. 78th District - Brad Paquette | website State Senator, 79th District - Pauline Wendzel |website
U.S. Senators Senator Gary Peters | website Senator Debbie Stabenow | website U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, 6th District |website