Thursday, April 17, 2014

New paper claims cloned human embryos created from adult cells

Human embryonic stem cell research advocate Robert Lanza published a study claiming success in creating human clones from two adult men and then killing the clones for their stem cells. This experiment mirrors one last year creating human clones of babies and unborn children and uses the same technique which created Dolly the sheep.  Researchers in this experiment used 77 human eggs to create 2 cloned embryos.

Human cloning using the nuclear transfer technique is illegal in Michigan. 


Successfully separated conjoined twins were at one time scheduled to be aborted

Ezell twins via Medical City Children's Hospital

Eight months after being separated formerly conjoined twins Owen and Emmett Ezell are leaving the hospital.  What many of the recent national accounts of Owen and Emmett's story may leave out is that the adorable twins were at one time scheduled for abortion after their original doctor believed the twins had little chance of survival.  Thankfully, the opinion of a second doctor saved their lives. 

Jenni and Dave Ezell call the twins their "little miracles" and say each step has been part of a greater plan.

"They wouldn't be here if it weren't for God. It's the truth," said Jenni Ezell.

To celebrate the twins' health and success, a small celebration is being planned on Wednesday prior to their departure. Ahead of that celebration, the hospital and Ezell family released new photographs of the now 9-month-old boys on Tuesday.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Meet RLM's 2014 Youth Award Winner

Sabrina White is Right to Life of Michigan's 2014 Youth Award recipient, nominated by Right to Life of Gladwin County. Sabrina has been a very active prolife volunteer for several years, including currently serving as the secretary for Right to Life of Gladwin County. She has helped her affiliate organize their dinner and fair booths. She has attended the national March for Life four times and two prolife youth rallies in Midland. She also helps pregnancy service organizations through her church and volunteering at a local baby pantry, including donating two baby blankets she crocheted herself. She plans on attending St. Mary Magdalen College.

Emily Messiter of Washtenaw County Right to Life was the runner-up. She has volunteered extensively with her affiliate on March for Life bus trips, and she is a leader of her high school prolife student club. She plans on attending St. Mary's College in Indiana.

We also had some excellent honorable mentions: Anastasia Bragg of Gaylord Right to Life, Sylvia Messing of Huron County Right to Life, Greta Worm of Grand Rapids Right to Life, and Angela Sauve of Saginaw Right to Life.

You can read excerpts from their essays and learn about their volunteer activities on our Youth Award page.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Scientists continue to use life-affirming adult stem cells in amazing ways

Scientists continue to have successes researching ways to create organs and body structures using adult stem cells. In this case, the researchers are trying to grow ears, noses and blood vessels using polymers and stem cells from fat.

Last year, he and his team made a nose for a British man who lost his to cancer. Scientists added a salt and sugar solution to the mold of the nose to mimic the somewhat sponge-like texture of the real thing. Stem cells were taken from the patient’s fat and grown in the lab for two weeks before being used to cover the nose scaffold. Later, the nose was implanted into the man’s forearm so that skin would grow to cover it.

Seifalian said he and his team are waiting for approval from regulatory authorities to transfer the nose onto the patient’s face but couldn’t say when that might happen.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Abortion debate at Oakland University

The video below is a debate between Oakland University Students for Life and Voices for Choices

Parents finally get to hold one of smallest babies born in UK

Alan Coultas holding daughter Emily via Deadline News

Claire Cressey and Alan Coultas were recently able to hold their infant daughter Emily for the first time.  Emily was born at 24 weeks, weighing a mere 1 lb., 3 oz.  She is now up to 1 lb., 13 oz.

Emily, who weighed just 1lb 3oz when she was born on February 27, could legally have been aborted.
But after receiving “fantastic” care at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the tot is thriving and now weighs just over 1lb 10oz......
 A delighted Claire said: “I’ve waited for over a month to be able to hold her and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pregnancy center mentioned in U-M's paper

Via Ruby Wallau/Michigan Daily

Last week the University of Michigan student newspaper, The Michigan Daily, profiled Arbor Vitae, a pregnancy help center in downtown Ann Arbor just off of the UM campus.

The author notes the decrease in abortion in Michigan but fails to mention the biggest drop in Michigan's annual abortions occurred in 1989, right after Michigan stopped using tax dollars to pay for abortions. 


Michigan abortion clinic offers abortion coupon

Northland Family Planning Centers, a Michigan-based chain of abortion clinics is offering coupons for abortions. Visitors to their web site can download coupons including a coupon to “save $20 on any abortion service.”

In Michigan there are more than 150 agencies willing to help women in unplanned pregnancies. If you or someone you know is experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy or would like information about adoption or post-abortion assistance, you do have options. For help, please call 1-800-57WOMAN (1-800-579 6626), a toll-free hotline, any time, day or night, to be connected to a caring, confidential help agency.

An image of the coupon is below.

Abortion coupon from Northland Family Planning abortion clinics

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mother's Day and Father's Day Bulletin Inserts Available

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mark Schauer picks extreme pro-abortion Lisa Brown as running mate

Mark Schauer, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for governor, has selected Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his running mate. In nominating Lisa Brown to run as his lieutenant governor, Schauer has picked one of the most pro-abortion politicians in the state of Michigan.

While in the Michigan State House in 2010, Brown was one of only 9 legislators to oppose H.B. 4406. This legislation includes Hispanic ethnicity in abortion reports which are submitted to the Michigan Department of Community Health. The bill passed the state house by a vote of 98-9, passed the state senate by a vote of 37-0 and was signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Brown also voted no on Michigan’s Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act in 2011. The legislation passed the house by a vote of 75-34 and passed the senate by a vote of 29-9. In the partial-birth abortion procedure, the woman’s cervix is dilated over a period of three days. On the third day, the infant is delivered feet first up to the neck. Then while the infant’s head is still inside the birth canal, the child is killed. The skull is collapsed and the now-dead infant is delivered.

She also opposed legislation known as the “Prolife Bus” which required abortion clinics be licensed and inspected, prohibited “webcam” abortions, require abortion clinics to screen women for possible coercion and require abortion clinics to dispose of the bodies of aborted children in a humane manner. The legislation passed overwhelming by margins of 72-35 in the state house and 27-10 in the state senate.

Brown's advocacy for abortion may have even impacted how she treated her employees. In 2012, a former employee of Brown’s alleged Brown fired her because of her pregnancy.
Caughey said that she had begun working for Brown in January 2009 and had a good working relationship before announcing that she had become pregnant in early March.

Shortly thereafter, she said Brown made her "feel very uncomfortable" with unprofessional behavior, including an incident in which she says Brown made a vulgar suggestion alluding to abortion.

"She was looking out of a window at the Capitol lawn, where there was a pro-life rally happening. She kept saying to me, 'those people disgust me,'" Caughey said. "She told me, 'I should take you down there and walk behind you with a coat hanger.'"

More information on woman's death after abortion in Ohio

A local news station has more information about a woman who was killed while undergoing a late-term abortion at an abortion clinic in Ohio.

Inside that ambulance last month was 22-year-old Lakisha Wilson.  

Her family says she came to Preterm to abort her pregnancy at five months gestation.

She graduated from Independence High School in Columbus where she was active in cheerleading.
Wilson was looking forward to continuing her cheerleading career as a coach.

She leaves behind a two-year-old son.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NO FOOLING - Tax subsidies one reason for abortion opt-out law

Some have questioned the need for the recently enacted Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law. A current national study shows at least 126,000 Michigan residents will receive an estimated $328 million in taxpayer-funded subsidies to purchase health insurance. Had the opt-out law not been enacted, many insurance plans would have included coverage for abortion as a built-in benefit. These are figures through February that do not include the wave of people who signed up for coverage in the month of March.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "There was a reason the Affordable Care Act included a provision for states to opt-out of abortion coverage, people do not want their tax dollars going towards the destruction of innocent human life. Abortion is not true health care; abortion ends the life of a child preparing to be born."

The Kaiser Family Foundation released data highlighting how many people from Michigan have signed up for health care policies through the exchange with an estimated $328 million in taxpayer subsidies. Tax subsidies are a fundamental part of the Affordable Care Act. Of the 145,000 people who selected a Marketplace Plan in Michigan for their health insurance needs, 126,000 people are receiving subsidies. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average subsidy per enrollee for Michigan is $2,610.

Listing said, "We initiated the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law to exclude abortion coverage from all health plans in the state because the Affordable Care Act provides subsidies to cover health care policies. We knew that by working together we could keep our tax dollars from paying for abortion. At the time of the petition drive, we did not know how many of our tax dollars would be used to subsidize health care. Now we know it is hundreds of millions of dollars that would have provided abortion coverage to thousands of residents."

Michigan's Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law, which went into effect in March, also removes abortion from any private health plans in Michigan. The Opt-Out initiative has always been about who desires abortion coverage and who will pay for it; the law has nothing to do with the legality of abortion. With the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law in place, both transparency and peace of mind is realized for those who have health insurance. Now, any health care policies purchased or renewed will not include abortion unless a separate rider is obtained. In addition, if an employer's private plan includes an abortion rider; all employees must be notified of the rider's provisions.

Monday, March 31, 2014

ACLU defends only the free speech of some

In a sign of blatant hypocrisy, the ACLU of Michigan is strongly defending the free speech rights of a group which has been protesting outside a pet store.  When it comes to prolife protests, the ACLU has defended a law which created buffer zones around abortion clinics to prevent sidewalk counseling and the speech of prolife protestors. 

At the Washington Times, Robert Knight points out how the ACLU's defense of free speech is based on who is speaking.
Puppy Mill Awareness wants to “raise public awareness about the commercial puppy-breeding industry and its effects on the health and welfare of dogs and the people who purchase those dogs,” explains the ACLU in a press release. “As part of its advocacy, PMA holds demonstrations outside pet stores that sell commercially bred puppies, encouraging members of the public to adopt rescued pets, rather than purchase puppies from a store.”

Well, adoption is a wonderful thing. In fact, adoption is the option that pro-life protesters promote to women on their way into abortion clinics. That dog won’t hunt, though, for the ACLU, which filed a Supreme Court brief recently in support of a Massachusetts law prohibiting pro-life protesters from coming too close to abortion clinics.

On Jan. 15, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCullen v. Coakley, which involves a challenge to a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot fixed buffer zone around abortion clinics from which protesters are barred from approaching clients and staff or giving them brochures.

The ACLU, which originally opposed the law, supports the clinic against the protesters. It’s too bad that some of the clients aren’t four-legged and having puppies instead of babies.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Abortion restrictions upheld in Texas

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld abortion clinic regulations in Texas. Michigan and other states have passed updated regulations on abortion clinics in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell murder case in Pennsylvania.

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld parts of a Texas abortion law pertaining to hospital privileges for physicians who perform abortions and protocols for abortion-inducing drugs, a decision that drew starkly contrasting reactions on both sides of the debate.....

Thursday's ruling means the provisions will remain valid in the state of Texas, until or unless the U.S. Supreme Court rules otherwise or legislators in the state act to modify the law.


University of Michigan displays abortion exhibit

The University of Michigan’s women studies department is hosting an exhibit entitled “4000 years of Choice.”  The department’s web page describes the exhibit as “an exhibition of posters about the age-old practices of abortion and contraception as a means to reclaim reproductive freedom as a deeply personal and life-sustaining act existing throughout all of human history.”

That exhibits includes note cards with quotes from various abortion activists including ones which say:

“Abortion is a blessing.”

“I felt I was acting in sync with a grand tradition of women before me”

“I am 85 years old and I had 4 abortions....and I am not sorry!”

“Abortion is not the lesser of two evils.  Abortion is pro-family, pro-life, moral and good.”

“Abortion is a gift from God.”


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nancy Pelosi to receive award named after famous eugenicist

Tonight former Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi will accept Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award, named after their founder. Margaret Sanger was a prevalent eugenicist who believed in sterilizing and segregating people she believed had bad genes. 

Margaret Sanger once said, "organized charity is itself the symptom of a malignant social disease. Those vast complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding and is perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents and dependents. My criticism therefore, is not directed at the 'failure' of philanthropy, but rather at its success." 

At Right to Life of Michigan, we believe there is no such thing as a "defective" human being.


Woman dies after abortion at Ohio clinic

Recently obtained 911 records show that on March 21, 2014, a woman died after undergoing an abortion at Preterm, an abortion clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Records, which were obtained through a public records request, show that at 10:59 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, an employee of Preterm dialed 911 and reported to a dispatcher there was a 22-year-old female patient at the clinic who was not breathing at all.

The caller also indicated that the patient was unconscious and receiving CPR at the time of the call, but efforts to restart respiration had been unsuccessful.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gosnell defense lawyer believes regular inspections would have kept Gosnell in line

Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell, recently spoke at a seminar at Widener University School of Law.  During his comments, McMahon said that regular inspections of abortion clinics would have prevented the horrors that occurred in Gosnell’s clinic. 

Longtime doctor Kermit Gosnell “was not a stupid man” and would have met the standards required to keep his clinic open, defense lawyer Jack McMahon said during a law school seminar on Friday........
McMahon said he believes that regulators turned a blind eye to Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic because it was providing “a cheap service” to poor, minority women.

In Michigan, the lack of regular inspections at abortion clinics before 2013 led to abortionist Robert Alexander running a “filthy” abortion clinic in Muskegon, which was only closed after a broken door led the authorities to see the horrible conditions inside.  Michigan's legislation to require abortion clinics to be licensed and inspected was opposed by pro-abortion groups in Michigan. 


Monday, March 24, 2014

President of WMU's Students for Life group shares personal story on World Down Syndrome Day

March 21 was World Down Syndrome Day and the president of Students for Life at Western Michigan University posted this personal story and photo.

"This is my brother Alex and his wife Alexis. They both have Down syndrome. They went to prom together in high school and dated for years after that. They have been married now for 6 years! They both have jobs and live on their own. Women are told to have prenatal testing done and if their baby has Down syndrome that they should abort their baby because they will have no future. I think my brother shows these thoughts to be not true at all. Today is world Down syndrome day, let's pray that people can see that people with Down syndrome are just like every one of us!!!"

Bodies of aborted and miscarried children used to heat hospitals in United Kingdom

In a news item that seems more like it's out of a science fiction movie, it was revealed that thousands of babies who died from miscarriages or abortions in the United Kingdom were incinerated as garbage or used in waste-to-energy power plants. The body of a dead child should be due the same respect as the body of everyone else.

Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.
Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’
At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania works to unseat cousin of Gosnell victim

Margo Davidson is a Democrat who currently serves in Pennsyvlania’s House of Representatives.  Her cousin, Semika Shaw, was one of infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s victims.  Semika tragically died in 2000 when she was 22-years-old after Gosnell perforated her uterus and sent her home.  She had two young children. 

After Gosnell was arrested, Pennsylvania’s legislature took up a bill to increase regulations on abortion clinics so clinics like Gosnell’s wouldn’t be allowed in Pennsyvlania. 

Davidson voted in favor of the abortion regulations and spoke up in favor of them, sharing her personal story.  The video of her explaining her vote is below. 

Because of her desire not to see other women killed like her cousin was, Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania wants Davidson gone.  They’ve endorsed one her opponents in the Democratic primary because he’s willing to vote “no” on commonsense laws to regulate abortion clinics.

At the Federalist, Brandon McGinley provides his thoughts on Planned Parenthood's endorsement.

It is hard to imagine a political maneuver that more clearly lays bare the chilling motivations at the heart of America’s abortion industry.

Planned Parenthood’s tendentious tagline is: “Care. No Matter What.” But we know, of course, that Planned Parenthood doesn’t care about the nascent lives its employees destroy by the hundreds of thousands. What has become clear as the Gosnell tragedy continues to unfold, though, is just how little Planned Parenthood cares about women.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t care about women like Semika Shaw. They are political inconveniences whose memory must be blotted out. And public figures who speak out for those victims—even their own family—are enemies who must be suppressed. Make no mistake about it: The campaign against Margo Davidson is a campaign to erase the memory of Kermit Gosnell from Pennsylvania politics.


Police search northern Indiana abortion clinic after abortionist delayed reporting statutory rape

Police in Indiana searched the abortion clinic of George Klopfer on Wednesday looking for evidence after Klopfer detailed reporting the statutory rape of a 13-year-old who received an abortion at his clinic. 

Detectives from the St. Joseph County Special Victims unit served a search warrant Wednesday at the South Bend clinic where Dr. Ulrich "George" Klopfer provides abortions and other services, the county prosecutor's office confirmed.

St. Joseph County in northern Indiana borders Michigan and Klopfer's abortion clinic in South Bend is where some women living in southwest Michigan may go for abortions. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Moving video features people with Down Syndrome replying to worried pregnant woman

Tomorrow, March 21st, is World Down Syndrome Day.  The below video features 15 people with Down Syndrome replying to the concerns of a pregnant woman carrying a child diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Unable to defend his radical position on abortion, Congressman Gary Peters is offended Right to Life of Michigan copied and pasted his comments

In a sad attempt to avoid talking about his radical position on abortion, Congressman Gary Peters is attacking Right to Life of Michigan and feigning outrage because we copied and pasted a quote from his Facebook page.

Here’s the comment Congressman Gary Peters made on January 22, 2014:

Today is the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which is an essential protection for women to make health care decisions for themselves and their families. But today, in Michigan, special interest groups have restricted access to women's health care and made health coverage even more expensive for our families. As the father of 2 daughters, I want to make sure that critical health care choices are accessible, affordable, and protected.

Peters is clearly talking about abortion. Abortion is the only thing that Roe v. Wade protected. The special interest groups he’s referring to are clearly prolife organizations like Right to Life of Michigan. We copied and pasted the final sentence of his post into our web site.

For some reason, Peters believes that copying and pasting his own words is offensive. If Congressman Peters is offended by his own words, then maybe he shouldn’t have written them. 

Or maybe Congressman Peters no longer believes abortion should be "accessible, affordable, and protected?"  If he's changed his position, he should let people know.

In a press release, Peters further claims that Right to Life of Michigan is “distort(ing) his support for women’s health care.”

That’s an odd claim considering we merely pointed out his radical record of pro-abortion votes and his advocacy for abortion and assisted suicide using his voting record and things he has said.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Michigan prolife students explain why they're prolife

At the recent Students for Life of Michigan Activism and Training Conference, prolife students posed with messages sharing why they're prolife.  View a video of their messages below.

You can also view pictures from their event here.

We're so grateful to have so many great prolife students in our state.