Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December 10th is Human Rights Day

The United Nations created Human Rights Day in 1950 after World War II. They wanted to prevent the killing of millions of innocent people from happening again. Therefore, they created a day to remind us that a right is something that belongs to every person.

All human beings have the inalienable right to life. This right is innate to individuals, rather than a privilege granted by governments or those in political office. Unfortunately, this is not a right that has been universally applied to the unborn child, who is undeniably a member of our human family.

Since 1973, in the United States alone, more than 57 million abortions have taken place. The basic human rights of 57 million have been violated through the violence of abortion.

Did you know that a heart of an unborn child starts beating at just 21 days old? Did you know that at 16 weeks a child can suck her thumb? It has been more than four decades since Roe v. Wade, yet many are still unaware of the amazing development of unborn children in the womb. While it can be easy to close our eyes and plug our ears because we do not want to hear about the awful ways so many children are killed, we must be aware that this is happening daily in our country, thousands of times.

If it counted, abortion would be the leading cause of death in America.

It is important that we take the time to remember those poor innocents who lives were taken from them—those who did not get a chance to enjoy those basic human rights.

Right to Life of Michigan has created a new resource that educates people on both the value of children in the womb, and the ways abortion cruelly violates their human dignity. Cruel and Usual Punishment is a free PowerPoint presentation you can download and use in any setting for older students and adults. While the presentation does include accurate descriptions of abortion techniques, it does not include graphic pictures of abortion.

Cruel and Usual Punishment Presentation
Presentation script

Monday, November 28, 2016

Abortions down 5% nationally in latest CDC report

Encouraging news came the day after Thanksgiving: the Centers for Disease Control released their annual report on abortion numbers, showing a 5% decrease. The numbers come from state abortion reports.

Before getting into the details, it’s important to note that three states refuse to collect and report abortion statistics: California, Maryland, and New Hampshire. While the overall abortion numbers are therefore much higher than reported by the CDC, we can still see the overall trends clearly from the 47 states we do have reports from.

Abortions continue to decline in America 
A total of 664,435 abortions were reported to CDC in 2013. The reported abortion rate was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years. The reported abortion ratio was 200 abortions per 1,000 live births. All three measures were 5% decreases from 2012, so there were fewer abortions and a higher percentage of women chose life for their children.

The latest national estimate by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute was 1,085,800 abortions in 2011. Both the Guttmacher and CDC numbers show a long-term decline.

Abortion is aging 
Trends continue to show that more abortions are being performed on older women. Teens had 17.4% of abortions in 2004, compared to 11.7% in 2013. Women in the post-college age bracket of 25-34 had 37.9% of the abortions in 2004, but had 42.7% in 2013. The abortion ratios declined in all age groups, however, so both younger and older women are more likely to choose life in 2013 than in 2004. Older women also have much lower abortion ratios than younger women. A dramatic decline in teen abortions is part of the reason for the aging of abortion, but there’s a lot more to the story.

Just 1% are late-term abortions? That’s a lot of late-term abortions!
How many times have you seen politicians or abortion supporters dismiss late-term abortions as “rare” or not worth even discussing?

In the 2013 CDC report there are 40 reporting areas that collected information on how old the child is at the time he or she is aborted. The report showed 5,770 late-term abortions after 20 weeks, or 1.3% of all abortions. A good estimate for the entire nation is about 10,000 abortions every year given the roughly 1 million total abortions. Let’s just look at that reported figure though. How many is 5,770 late-term abortions? It’s 5,770 too many, especially when a large majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions. Compare that to other causes of death nationally, however. The latest CDC numbers showed 4,605 deaths from influenza in 2014. Are deaths from the flu so rare they are not worth addressing?

Just that “small” amount of late-term abortions should highlight the gut-wrenching numbers when looking at overall abortions. Why can’t our public health system devote as much attention to abortion as it does the seasonal flu? The dreaded Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 is estimated to have killed 50-100 million people globally in three years. In the three years from 2010-2013 there have been an estimated 168 million abortions globally. Abortion is not a once-in-a-century pandemic; it takes life on the scale of a permanent pandemic.

Don’t let someone dismiss abortion or late-term abortions as a side-issue; help them learn the facts.

Abortion has a disparate impact on the Black Community 
The good news is abortion ratios dropped in every racial and ethnic category in 2013. The bad news is the ratio is much higher in the Black community and it’s not dropping as quickly as other groups. The 2013 abortion ratio per 1,000 live births for non-Hispanic White women was 121, it was 178 for Hispanic women of any race and 420 for non-Hispanic Black women. The drops in abortion ratios from 2007 to 2013 were 23% for non-Hispanic Whites, 17% for non-Hispanic Blacks, and 13% for Hispanics.

Abortion is a cyclical problem that’s not being addressed 
Contrary to popular thought, abortion is not a one-time occurrence for most women. Nearly half of abortions are repeat abortions. Of women who had abortions in 2013, 55% were having their first abortion, and 45% were having their second abortion or more. Serial abortion is a serious problem, because 20% of women having abortions in 2013 were having their third abortion or more, and 9% were having their fourth abortion or more. If there are 1 million abortions in the U.S., then 90,000 women every year are having at least the fourth abortion in their lifetime.

Another tragic number is that of women who had abortions in 2013, 60% had already given birth to a child. These are women who probably already sat through an ultrasound with their first child as part of the birth process.

Conclusion? Celebrate more lives saved, but much more effort is still needed!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Year-end online contributions doubled

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We just finished a historic election, especially in the state of Michigan.

Two roads were placed before us. One would have involved facing the stunning reality of a presidential administration and judges absolutely hostile to our core value that human life has intrinsic value.

Instead we're facing a road that could involve overturning Roe v. Wade in the near future. How near? We're potentially two U.S. Supreme Court justice appointments away, and one is already in the process of being filled.

What would our country look like without Roe v. Wade? What about Michigan? These questions in a few short years could consume the national conversation. People will be clamoring for a roadmap to make sense of these potential changes.

Once again generous prolife donors have provided a matching grant opportunity at the end of the year. All online gifts to the Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund through December 31, 2016 will be matched up to $50,000.

 Just like an online map you've probably used, our educational materials and messages are available to everyone for free. Without your dedicated support, we can neither create these materials or get them out into the public square.

Please join us as our nation embarks on this historic journey. We must be able to provide the answer when people ask: "What happens when Roe v. Wade is no longer the law of the land?"

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mail order abortions

Abortion by mail is a new way to bring abortions to states where they are "hard to find."  The latest push by the abortion industry is truly creating abortion-on-demand with the idea that a simple phone call can allow abortion pills to arrive straight to your mailbox.

Currently Hawaii, New York, Oregon and Washington are participating in an experimental trial which literally hands over an abortion pill with few questions asked. Currently this practice is not approved in the U.S. by the FDA.  However, in Australia and in the Canadian province of British Columbia, this has become a common practice. All it takes is a quick call or Internet chat with an abortionist and you can receive the RU-486 abortion pills through the mail.

After these countries have begun to pioneer the way for this new practice, there is now an experimental push in the United States to look into an American version of this practice.

This push is being organized by Gynuity Health Projects, the abortion pill has long been a top priority for them. On their own website they boast of organizing abortion trade convention workshops entitled, “Medical abortion service provision: How low can we go?” and “Can we omit the screening ultrasound before medical abortion?”

Even though the experiments are said to be closely watched, there are countless complications that can come with taking the abortion pill. Not having an actual medical professional examine you doesn’t rule out other potentially dangerous complications that could arise, like an ectopic pregnancy.  It is also important to note that medical abortions often fail, leaving the woman to have an additional surgical abortion.

This experiment is yet another attempt by the abortion industry to dehumanize the unborn and cut corners. Rather than benefiting women, these rules are convenient for the abortion industry: how low can they go? These practices are unacceptable and creating an environment of abuse for women.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Prolife opportunities in wake of Trump win

President-elect Donald Trump’s win means the prolife movement has some critical opportunities in the days and years ahead to expand protections for human life.

The most important development involves the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before the death of Antonin Scalia, any potential prolife law depended on the personal opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy as the Court’s swing vote. A Scalia replacement with similar judicial philosophies would restore that balance.

If one of the four justices who consistently vote in favor of abortion leaves during a Trump administration, there is an opportunity for Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton to be overturned.

What would happen then? The issue of abortion would return to the voters and their representatives. For the first time since soundly rejecting abortion at the ballot box in 1972, Michigan voters would have a say. If Michigan’s pre-Roe abortion law is restored, abortion in Michigan would once again be banned, except in the rare cases to save the life of the mother.

As advocates for doctor-prescribed suicide continue efforts to legalize the practice state-by-state, a balanced or rule-of-law Supreme Court protects against a Roe v. Wade for suicide and euthanasia.

Those decisions depend on a President Trump and the U.S. Senate appointing and approving justices who recognize that abortion is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution and voters should have a say in the matter.

Many legislative changes are also possible. Immediately the Mexico City Policy, which prevents U.S. tax dollars from providing or promoting abortion overseas, could be restored by a President Trump through an executive order.

President-elect Trump promised to defund Planned Parenthood as long as they continue providing abortions and a Republican Congress could finally clear a path for that change. A federal effort to ban late-term abortions after 20 weeks could be passed, and it may have a chance to clear a Supreme Court challenge, even if Anthony Kennedy is still the swing vote.

Another critical priority is repealing Obamacare. Troubling provisions regarding abortion funding would be gone, and the HHS Mandate could be rescinded, allowing groups that object to drugs that may cause abortions to be free from being coerced to purchase them.

America is undeniably a divided nation moving forward, but a Trump administration offers a crucial opportunity to restore the ability of American voters to grapple with the issues of human life.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Decisive prolife victory

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your election efforts!

Donald J. Trump, who campaigned as a prolife candidate and suggested in the third debate that his Supreme Court nominees could overturn Roe v. Wade, is America’s president-elect. Trump won Michigan by just 13,225 votes, the first time a prolife presidential candidate has carried the state since 1988. Your efforts made an astounding difference!

Last night was a positive first step, but the real battle for prolifers is at the U.S. Supreme Court. Antonin Scalia’s seat still needs to be filled, and that justice must recognize the plain fact that abortion is mentioned nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. A Republican U.S. Senate must thoroughly participate in the process to ensure non-biased rule of law justices are picked for the Supreme Court and other court vacancies throughout the country.

All of the congressional candidates endorsed by the RLM-PAC won last night, including the critical races featuring Jack Bergman in the Upper Peninsula/Northern Michigan and Rep. Tim Walberg from mid-Michigan.

Statewide results show a strong prolife performance. All but one priority Michigan House races were won by RLM-PAC endorsed candidates. The Michigan Legislature retains large prolife majorities. The Michigan Supreme Court candidates both won. Four of seven prolife candidates to state education boards won as well.

RLM-PAC-endorsed statewide and judicial candidates won 90.8% of their races last night. We’re still counting up the local races.

The only troubling result was doctor-prescribed suicide winning in Colorado. The culture of death had a large defeat last night, but it will not simply go away. More effort is needed.

Right to Life of Michigan is unique, because our strength is in our local, grassroots volunteers. You are the finest prolife volunteers in the nation and the entire world. Your grassroots reach is unmatched in Michigan.

These victories belong to you. Thank you!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Our Prenatal Protection Act in action

What happens in Michigan when a pregnant woman is assaulted? Recently Michigan’s prenatal protection laws came in handy in making sure a criminal spent more time behind bars.

Samuel Demetrious Ambrose was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for some pretty heinous actions:

Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Kevin W. Cronin sentenced Ambrose to a minimum of four years in prison for the May 2014 assault and witness intimidation. His sentence was lengthened because the judge counted the woman’s unborn child as a second victim.

"I can’t remember when I've been so appalled at a defendant's behavior of what – what cruelty, what total disregard for human life and decency there was in this particular incident," Cronin said at sentencing. He compared the assault to water-boarding. 

The trial court ruled that Ambrose harmed two victims, classifying the mother's unborn child as a victim. Ambrose challenged the terms of his sentence; his lawyer argued that the unborn child should not be counted as a second victim because the child is not a "person."

On October 26 the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the child can be considered a victim, because Michigan's law clearly refers to "victims," not "persons," and based on our state's Prenatal Protection Act, the Legislature clearly intended unborn children to be counted as potential victims of a crime. Ambrose's enhanced sentence of 32 to 48 months in prison for felonious assault will stand.

Michigan updated protections for unborn children by passing the Prenatal Protection Act in 1999. Previously the child had to be born alive and then die in order to be counted as a victim of a crime committed while the child was in the womb. The born-alive rule was necessary as a matter of evidence before the advent of ultrasound, because the only way to know a child in the womb was alive at any point (and harmed by the criminal action) was the mother reporting her experience of the baby moving. Thanks to modern medicine, documenting the life of the child in the womb is easy and undeniable.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A dose of reality: the abortion industry’s sanitized language of death

Remember Deborah Nucatola? Planned Parenthood’s top doctor who explained how to crush a baby’s body in order to harvest more intact body parts? Though she was spirited away from the public eye when the Center for Medical Progress video investigation broke, she remains busy at work.

Nucatola co-authored a study in the current October 2016 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her study examined the most efficient way to kill unborn children in a late-term abortion.

When you watch the Center for Medical Progress videos, you’ll see Nucatola and others often discussing “didge,” or “didging;” the practice of using the drug Digoxin before an abortion. While invented to treat heart conditions, in massive doses Digoxin causes a heart attack. Those looking to buy and sell the body parts of aborted babies did not want a “didged” baby; they needed the baby’s organs as fresh and pure as possible for experimentation or implantation into rodents.

Nucatola's study compared the results from injecting Digoxin directly into the baby to just injecting it into the amniotic fluid. The terms in the study are “intra-fetal” injections to achieve “fetal asystole” before performing a “dilation and evacuation.” What do those terms mean? A needle is inserted through the woman’s belly and into the baby’s body and the lethal drug is administered to give the baby a fatal heart attack. The baby is then examined to determine if the desired outcome was completed. A “failure," as the study calls it, is the baby surviving the lethal dose, only to die later through bleeding to death or shock as her arms and legs are literally torn off of her body in a dismemberment abortion.

20 week baby
Nucatola’s study coolly concluded that injecting the drug directly into the baby led to fewer “failures” than injecting it into the amniotic fluid for the baby to inhale. The “sample size” of the study was 270 babies between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Why give a baby a massive heart attack before dismembering her? One of the worst outcomes for an abortionist is a born-alive baby. Abortionists are legally required to treat babies who survive abortions the same as any other baby, but because of lax abortion clinic regulations they often are not equipped to provide proper life-saving care. The goal of the abortion is after all not to end the pregnancy, but to end the baby’s life, even if it’s past the point of viability.

The way this study is written you would never know it is talking about giving viable babies fatal heart attacks. A medical journal dedicated to the arts of welcoming life into this world should be no place to calmly discuss the most efficient ways of disposing of “unwanted” lives.

Deborah Nucatola is not alone. When the topic of late-term abortion comes up in a political context, euphemisms and medical terms are deployed by politicians to distract people from the reality of abortion. In a few days we'll all be voting on a candidate, Hillary Clinton, who firmly supports late-term abortions, even during the process of birth.

Prolifers can cut through the fog and hold the abortion industry and their political allies accountable simply by asking them to plainly describe what they support. History has shown that people are more likely to support injustices when they can rely on euphemisms to pretend to the public and even their own consciences they aren't engaging in an injustice.

You never know when that honesty might change the mind of even the most hardened abortion supporter.

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 25 teleseminar update on the election

Join us on Tuesday, October 25, at 11 a.m. for a teleseminar update on the election. Joining us are special guests Mercedes Schlapp and Joseph Cella.

Mercedes Viana Schlapp is a columnist for The Washington Times and FOX News Contributor. She is the former Director of Specialty Media for President George W. Bush in the White House. A first generation Cuban-American and raised in Miami, Florida, she is fluent in Spanish and also provides political commentary for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en EspaƱol and national Spanish radio. Inspired by her father, who was held as a political prisoner in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in the 1960s, Mercy discovered her passion for politics at a young age. As co-founder of Cove Strategies, Mercy develops and implements media strategy for corporate and non-profit organizations.

Joseph Cella is the Catholic liaison for the Trump/Pence campaign and a member of the campaign's Catholic Advisory Group. As the principal of his consulting firm, The Pontifex Group, he draws from his extensive experience on Capitol Hill, the campaign trail, founding and leading non-profit organizations, and serving as an advisor to elected officials and business leaders. In 2005 he co-founded the Catholic advocacy organization Fidelis, which operates CatholicVote.org. He also founded and serves on the board of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. In his professional and personal capacities, he has worked behind the scenes helping Christian communities around the world enduring religious persecution. He also serves a strategist with Corallo Media Strategies in Virginia. He holds a degree from Hillsdale College, and he and his wife Kristen have six children and live on a small farm in Michigan.

The teleseminar will last 30-40 minutes. It’s open to all prolife people, feel free to share this information with your Michigan friends and family members.

There are two ways you can listen in:
Use your phone and call (425) 440-5100; PIN Code: 662744#
Or, listen online: http://iTeleseminar.com/90739308

We are looking forward to connecting with you on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 11:00 a.m!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Our new radio ad debuts today

Today our new radio ad is debuting across the state. "War on the Unborn" compares the human cost of abortion to those of America's major wars utilizing simple tools: BBs and a metal can.

These simple tools will leave you with a experience you will never forget.

The ad is entirely based off of Peter Heck's YouTube video, "The Sound of Abortion." To hear the ad and share it with others via e-mail or social media, simply watch Heck's video on YouTube. Click play, close your eyes, and listen to the sound of abortion:


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Clinton lies about support for abortion in the debate

In the third presidential debate a question about abortion was finally brought up. Hillary Clinton reiterated her total support for the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Donald Trump said he would appoint prolife justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

A question was asked about Clinton’s support for the brutal partial-birth abortion (PBA) procedure. Clinton said she supports the procedure because of “women’s health.”

There is no legitimate health reason to perform PBAs. PBA takes three days to complete. If a woman is facing an imminent health crisis, a procedure that takes three days to complete is irresponsible.

 PBA involves delivering a child until only the head is left in the birth canal. The abortionist then stabs the child in the head using scissors with a curved blade. The scissors are opened, creating a hole in the baby’s skull wide enough to insert a suction catheter to suck out her brains. What health benefit is there to stabbing the baby in the head rather than completing the delivery?

Partial-birth abortion is not about women’s health, it’s about making a dead baby.

Clinton lied in two ways about the issue. Trump correctly pointed out that Clinton supports abortions up to the ninth month, even the final day of birth. Trump could have gone farther and correctly explained she supports abortion during the birth process! Clinton responded: “That is not what happens in these cases.” Aborting a baby during birth is obviously what happens in a partial-birth abortion. The name is as self-explanatory as it gets.

Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton also allows abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Clinton earlier said she strongly supports these decisions. She tried to hide behind the “health exception,” but as the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Doe v. Bolton the same day they handed down Roe v. Wade, “health” means anything: social, psychological, financial. Anything impacts “health” according the court, so “health” means any reason a woman can think of.

Abortion up until the moment of birth, for any reason is the law of the land.

If Clinton appoints one more pro-abortion justice to the Supreme Court, it is likely the Court will reaffirm and expand Roe v. Wade, potentially throwing out the ruling in 2007 upholding the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, bringing that gruesome barbarity back to America, and people could be forced to pay for them with their tax dollars.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Court rules California can force pregnancy centers to advertise abortion clinics

Today the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered an early birthday present to Planned Parenthood in time for their 100th birthday Sunday.

The Court denied a request for an injunction from NIFLA and other prolife pregnancy help organizations to protect their rights to free speech. The decision in NIFLA v. Harris revolves around a new California law that forces pregnancy centers to post a sign or give clients materials advertising a phone number they can call to help them receive a tax-funded abortion.

Obviously the U.S. Constitution's free speech protections were not enough to convince the 9th Circuit Court that prolife pregnancy centers should not be subject to compelled speech. The lead attorney in the case representing the pregnancy help organizations was Matt Bowman from Alliance Defending Freedom. In an article by LifeNews.com, Bowman said:
"It’s bad enough if the government tells you what you can't say, but a law that tells you what you must say—under threat of severe punishment—is even more unjust and dangerous. In this case, political allies of abortionists are seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer real hope and help to women. Forcing these centers to promote abortion and recite the government's preferred views is a clear violation of their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms. That’s why other courts around the country have halted these kinds of measures and why we will be discussing the possibility of appeal with our clients."
The issue of the case was that the 9th Circuit Court argued that the abortion advertising is "viewpoint neutral" because it forces abortion clinics to advertise their own services as well. This is wrong; a viewpoint neutral law should require the abortion clinics to advertise contact information for prolife pregnancy centers.

Imagine California mandating a law requiring liquor distributors and Alcoholic's Anonymous to hand out a list of the nearest liquor stores because the state believes consuming liquor has modest health benefits. The liquor distributor already does that because they believe in selling alcohol: it's their purpose of existence. The sole purpose of AA however is to encourage certain people not to purchase and consume alcohol. A law forcing them to contradict their mission while advancing the mission and financial interests of liquor distributors isn't neutral in any sense of the word!

The decision is no surprise. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has a history of highly ideological and even mistaken rulings, making it the most commonly reversed court in America by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The law itself is no surprise either, given California's long hostility to prolife people. They recently passed a law making it a crime to do undercover journalism at Planned Parenthood offices. Kamala Harris, California's attorney general and the other party of this pregnancy center case, is at Planned Parenthood's beck and call. Harris authorized a raid on the home of David Daleiden, the citizen journalist who uncovered Planned Parenthood's trafficking of body parts of aborted babies, and stole his footage. California forces taxpayers to pay for abortions, has refused to report any statistics on abortion in the state, recently passed a law to allow nurses to perform surgical abortions; the list goes on and on.

The important question prolife people should be asking themselves is how might a U.S. Supreme Court rule on this case in the coming years? Will pregnancy centers in Michigan be forced to advertise abortion clinics? Will the U.S. Supreme Court more closely resemble California and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals than the opinion of most Americans?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Second presidential debate and abortion still not discussed in-depth

Again abortion was not brought up during the second presidential debate on Sunday night. There wasn’t a single question asked about this human rights issue that affects millions of lives every year. Abortion hangs like a dark cloud over every judicial appointment.

It did get incidentally brought up when a debate attendee asked about the Supreme Court justices each candidate would nominate. Hillary Clinton promised to nominate justices who would stick with Roe v. Wade and uphold abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. She mentioned that Donald Trump would like to reverse Roe v. Wade and this would take our country backwards. Donald Trump said he wants to nominate judges from the same mold as the late Justice Antonin Scalia: judges who would respect the Constitution.

The word "abortion" was not mentioned at all during the town hall-style debate. Since this is an issue that many Americans have strong thoughts and feelings about, it should get discussed at some point during the debates so that the American people can see the wide contrast between Trump and Clinton's positions.

We'll do the job the moderators didn't and give you some more details on the candidate's positions from their own past statements, click here for Donald Trump's record on life, and click here for Hillary Clinton's.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

VP Debate: Pence stands for life while Kaine gives implausible excuses for being pro-choice

During the Vice-Presidential debate last night, Indiana Governor Mike Pence and U.S. Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine were asked to discuss a time they struggled balancing their personal faith and a public policy position.

Senator Kaine first talked about upholding the death penalty even though it wasn’t something that he agreed with. He said that those of faith can’t impose their views on everyone else in society. This is his justification for saying he is personally against abortion, but along with Hillary Clinton he is okay with partial-birth abortion, taxpayer-funding of abortion, etc.

Governor Pence then proceeded to explain why he is so passionate about the sanctity of human life:

"But for me, I would tell you that for me the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief that -- that ancient principle that -- where God says before you were formed in the womb, I knew you, and so for my first time in public life, I sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life. But what I can't understand is with Hillary Clinton and now Senator Kaine at her side is to support a practice like partial-birth abortion. I mean, to hold to the view -- and I know Senator Kaine, you hold pro-life views personally -- but the very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me. And I cannot -- I can't conscience about -- about a party that supports that. Or that -- I know you've historically opposed taxpayer funding of abortion. But Hillary Clinton wants to -- wants to repeal the longstanding provision in the law where we said we wouldn't use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. So for me, my faith informs my life. I try and spend a little time on my knees every day. But it all for me begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human life." 

Kaine then responded with more talk about not imposing values on people:

"But we really feel like you should live fully and with enthusiasm the commands of your faith. But it is not the role of the public servant to mandate that for everybody else. So let's talk about abortion and choice. Let's talk about them. We support Roe v. Wade. We support the constitutional right of American women to consult their own conscience, their own supportive partner, their own minister, but then make their own decision about pregnancy. That's something we trust American women to do that." 

Kaine says multiple times that government leaders shouldn’t push their religion on the people. There are two big problems with those comments.

First, Kaine has no problem pushing his new-found beliefs about abortion on people. He openly supports forcing people to pay for abortions directly through their tax dollars. He supports a candidate who does not believe health care providers should be able to conscientiously object to abortion. He has spoken often about how his religion informs his beliefs on a range of other issues, laws and regulations. Why is abortion the only issue that should be different?

Second, abortion isn’t just a religious issue. Abortion is a moral issue, a scientific issue, and most importantly a basic human rights issue. Protecting human life is the first duty of government.

Pence and Kaine proceeded to argue about what Trump said in regards to punishing women for having an abortion. Pence said that a Trump-Pence administration would only support prolife laws that historically have always put penalties on abortionists. In response, Kaine quoted from a scripture passage, Matthew 15:18, to disagree: “From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Kaine’s choice of that verse is very sad. When Senator Kaine glosses over the fact that his running mate thinks it should be legal to stab a partially-born baby in the head and suck her brains out, is that from the fullness of his heart?

Senator Kaine: you can’t be both prolife and pro-choice. Either every human being has an inalienable right to life and any violation of that right is a grave injustice, or unborn children in the womb have zero human value and therefore should have no legal protections.

Kaine asked Pence multiple times why he doesn’t trust women to make this choice for themselves. Why don’t we allow people to choose to take an innocent human life? We don't because no person has the right to take away the rights of another person. Human life undeniably begins at fertilization and the unborn child is a member of our human family.

Pence said it quite succinctly, “a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable, the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn. I believe it with all my heart.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Say #HelloHyde on Friday

Every year since 1976, Congress has approved and the president has signed into law the Hyde Amendment. Named after its original sponsor, the late U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde, this crucial prolife legislation prevents most tax dollars from paying for most abortions.

The purpose of the Hyde Amendment is protecting the conscience rights of a majority of Americans who do not want to be forced to provide abortions through their tax dollars. The Hyde Amendment has a critical added benefit of saving lives, millions of them.

Unfortunately this legislation is under assault. Friday, September 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment. Using the hashtag #HelloHyde, please share a simple message on Friday supporting the Hyde Amendment on social media, or use the below graphic:



The Hyde Amendment applies to federal tax dollars, but states can still fund abortions directly. Michigan banned state tax-funded abortions in 1988, and that legislation caused abortions to drop 10,000 in a single year. Since then, tens of thousands of more people are alive today and unaware that this single law saved their life.

The Hyde Amendment has become a campaign issue in the presidential election. Hillary Clinton has promised to repeal the Hyde Amendment, forcing every prolife taxpayer to directly fund abortions. Donald Trump has promised to make the Hyde Amendment a permanent law rather than an annual provision added to the budget.

The Hyde Amendment was challenged in the court system. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in 1980 that the Hyde Amendment is constitutional. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution requiring taxpayers to be forced to pay for abortions. Despite that, there would be nothing to stop five pro-abortion justices from suddenly “discovering” a provision in the Constitution striking down the Hyde Amendment, imposing tax-funded abortions through judicial tyranny.

If the Hyde Amendment is repealed or overruled, then millions of unborn children could die as a result. Take a moment Friday and make a stand for your conscience rights and the life of innocent children in the womb!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

House Panel holds StemExpress in Contempt

Remember StemExpress? The middleman between Planned Parenthood and research institutions? The organization that is responsible for buying and selling aborted baby parts? The House Select Panel on Infant Lives voted on September 21 to hold StemExpress in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas.

"The vote came after the Democratic opposition on the subcommittee tried every tactic it could to stonewall the process–then walked out of the proceedings in protest. Because a quorum was present, Republicans were able to pass the resolution 8-0."

The Select Panel requested accounting records from StemExpress, but they were only provided with inadequate summaries. The Select Panel issued subpoenas to require compliance. StemExpress told the Select Panel to contact their accountants, but two accountants, the Scinto Group and Sara Lee Heuston, refused to comply. Heuston even threatened to call the police if the Select Panel contacted her again. Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, refused to give the names of her current accountants. It has been eight months since the documents were first requested. The Chairman of the Select Panel, Rep. Marsha Blackburn says they have reached an impasse.

What happens next? The resolution will be referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and if approved will move to the full U.S. House for a vote. If approved, the contempt charge will then be referred to the Obama Administration to bring before a grand jury, which is unfortunately not likely to happen given President Obama's close relationship with Planned Parenthood. If convicted the charge carries a maximum penalty of $100,000 and is a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, Stem Express has worked with Planned Parenthood since 2010 and has been involved with dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics. StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer admitted that Planned Parenthood believes that organ trafficking is profitable. Dyer joked about shipping baby heads and also said, “[There are] rampant problems with bacteria in certain clinics. I’ve seen staph [infections] come out of clinics… I’ve seen all sorts of things come out of clinics.”

StemExpress is a for-profit company, working hand-in-hand with Planned Parenthood, covering up the unsanitary conditions of their clinics, and receiving a high volume of aborted babies from them, including babies born "intact." It is obvious that StemExpress has something to hide, something that will show the world that Planned Parenthood will place their bottom line and buying Lamborghinis above the priorities of the women they claim to serve.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Remembering Rep. Peter Pettalia

State Representative Peter Pettalia was laid to rest today after his tragic death in a motorcycle accident on September 12. Peter was not only a dedicated prolife legislator, he was kind man of integrity and good humor. He was a statesman, respectful to all, and never lorded his position or authority over anyone.

Most importantly to the cause of the unborn, he maintained a 100% prolife voting record. He would routinely be seen around the Capitol sporting a pair of prolife “precious feet” on the lapel of his suit coat. That is not common among prolife legislators. He was never "too busy" for our cause and would periodically ask our RLM lobbyists, "Is there anything you need me to do to help move prolife legislation?" His commitment to life was true and sincere.

We honor the prolife service and memory of Representative Peter Pettalia. Well done good and faithful servant.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sept. 13 Teleseminar: Legislative Update and State Conference

Join us next week on Tuesday, September 13, at 11:00 a.m. for a teleseminar update on legislation and our Conference.

Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet will discuss the new bill to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in Michigan and provide an update on other pieces of prolife legislation that may see action before the end of the session. Conference Coordinator Jessi Engelsma will give a short preview of our 43rd Annual Right to Life of Michigan Conference on September 22 in Lansing.

The teleseminar will last 20-30 minutes. It’s open to all prolife people, feel free to share this information with your Michigan friends and family members.

There are two ways you can listen in:
Use your phone and call (425) 440-5100; PIN Code: 662744#
Or, listen online: http://iTeleseminar.com/89150826

We are looking forward to connecting with you on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 11:00 a.m!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Planned Parenthood involved in the death of young woman

The location has been confirmed in the case of the young Battle Creek woman who died on July 4 after having an abortion. Cree Erwin, 24, had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo on June 30, 2016.

She likely passed away at some point late in the evening of July 3, roughly 24 hours after visiting a nearby emergency room complaining of abdominal pain. Her mother found her unresponsive and emergency responders pronounced her dead at the scene in the early morning hours of July 4.

It has also been confirmed that Planned Parenthood abortionist Laura Denise Castleman provided Erwin with a prescription for a pain medication that was to be filled later at a separate pharmacy. It remains unclear whether she actually conducted Erwin’s abortion, or if that was done by another Planned Parenthood abortionist.

Details from Erwin's autopsy have not yet been released. This news comes at a time that Planned Parenthood has threatened to sue the state of Michigan in order to get rid of our state's abortion clinic health and safety regulations. Before the regulations were updated in 2012 most abortion clinics in Michigan had never been inspected, and several closed after being unable or unwilling to meet the basic standards of other outpatient facilities.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Abortion advocates block funding to combat Zika virus


The Zika virus has been all over the news lately as Olympic athletes in Brazil discuss how they plan to prevent contracting it. Some athletes decided not to compete in the Olympics based on the risks. Recently 15 people in a Miami neighborhood have been infected by Zika, while others in the U.S. have contracted the disease after traveling in South America. The Zika virus often causes only mild symptoms: rash, fever, red eyes, and joint pain among others. Unfortunately, unborn children whose mothers are infected with Zika can develop birth defects, most notably microcephaly. Zika is transmitted mainly by mosquito bites but can also be sexually transmitted.

For the past couple of months Congress has been debating an effort to prevent the spread of Zika and speed up vaccine development. Senate Democrats have filibustered the bill, preventing it from getting the 60 votes it needs to pass.

Why would Senate Democrats work to stop a bill which funds research into a disease that can cause birth defects? The bill doesn’t single out Planned Parenthood—America’s largest abortion provider—for more funding. The legislation doesn’t touch the half a billion dollars Planned Parenthood already gets in government grants every year.

In a press conference led by the leadership of the Senate Democrats, Planned Parenthood Vice President Dawn Laguens condemned the bill because it didn’t provide her organization with more money. Planned Parenthood even sent a letter to U.S. Senators claiming that “a vote against this bill will be seen as a vote for women’s health care.”

In Planned Parenthood’s bizarre world, “women’s health care” really only means Planned Parenthood providing more condoms and more abortions, not vaccine development or a public health campaign to stop the virus’ primary vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t just perform more than 300,000 abortions a year, they are actively fighting against legislation which could help prevent birth defects and the spread of a disease simply because they don’t get another seat on the federal gravy train.

In addition, Planned Parenthood’s position on late-term abortions for children with disabilities is quite clear. The unfortunate response from many to children in the womb diagnosed with disabilities is not providing the child, her mother and family with the love and support they deserve, but taking the child’s life away from her.

Learn more about Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda at www.RTL.org.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More information on death of Michigan woman who suffered complications after abortion

LifeNews.com has a new article about the death of a Michigan woman from Battle Creek who died a few days after having an abortion and then going to a local hospital after experiencing complications.  The article includes the audio recording of the woman’s mother calling 911 after discovering her daughter’s body and links to the police report and death certificate. 

Usually an anticipated time of fun-filled family festivities, the Fourth of July was anything but a day of celebration for the family of Cree Erwin. In the early morning hours, Cree’s mother, Tanya, made a gruesome discovery. Her daughter, Cree, lay dead in Tanya’s own bed, cold as ice.

While important questions remain, 911 records just obtained by Operation Rescue, along with a police report provided by long-time Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills, shed a bit more light on what happened to 24-year old Cree Erwin in her final hours of life as she struggled with complications to an abortion she had less than four days earlier.

The records also reveal a mother’s unspeakable grief at discovering her daughter’s body – gut-wrenching grief that no mother should have to experience – the cruel loss was compounded by the fact that this young lady’s death was avoidable.

When abortion advocates dismiss the dangers of abortion, remember Cree Erwin and her mother's cries of grief.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Right to Life of Michigan PAC Endorses Donald Trump for President

The Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee (RLM-PAC) has endorsed Donald Trump for president of the United States and his running mate Mike Pence for vice president.

Donald Trump has promised support for important prolife positions, especially judges that believe in the rule of law. Indiana Governor Mike Pence has a long track record of supporting prolife legislation, both in Indiana and in Congress.

RLM-PAC Chairman Paul Miller said, "The stakes in this election season could not be higher. Every year, more than one million lives are lost to abortion. We face a choice between allowing people to have a say on abortion laws or entrenching abortion-on-demand through court order for years.”

Trump said he came to his prolife views after watching a friend go through a crisis pregnancy and choose life. Trump released a list of potential U.S. Supreme Court justices that was widely praised by prolife organizations and other groups that believe judges shouldn’t rule by decree. Trump said he would defund the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and sign a ban on late-term abortions into law.

Miller said, “Trump’s campaign theme has been about giving the people a voice again. When it comes to abortion, people don’t have a say because unelected and biased judges dictate what the law will be.”

The Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and her running mate Tim Kaine both support abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Clinton has said any judge she appoints must support abortion-on-demand. Clinton has been a long-time supporter of partial-birth abortion, a barbaric procedure now outlawed throughout the country. She has called for repealing the federal Hyde Amendment, which would result in forcing every taxpayer to pay for abortions.

Miller said, “Clinton’s positions on abortion are truly radical. They are shared by very few Americans, but unfortunately by many judges. She would appoint the kind of justices who believe partial-birth abortion—brutally killing a baby in the process of birth—is as fundamental a right as things like free speech and a free press.”

 The future of the U.S. Supreme Court hangs in the balance following the death of Antonin Scalia. It’s believed there are currently three votes to overturn Roe v. Wade, and the next president could appoint as many as three justices to the Court.

Miller said, "Most Americans support bans on taxpayer funding of abortions, late-term abortion bans and parental consent requirements. A vote for Trump is a vote to protect these popular laws and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. The people could finally have a voice and a vote on the issue of abortion again. A vote for Clinton is a vote for unelected judges who substitute their own personal opinions for those of the voters. Clinton will force people to pay for abortions and threaten basic conscience protections.”

Information on the positions of all four candidates is available on the Right to Life of Michigan website, www.RTL.org.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Brian Elder win highlights great primary night for RLM-PAC

The Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee won 91.7 percent of races featuring an endorsed candidate in Michigan’s August 2 primary. The victory percentage was the highest for the RLM-PAC since 2006.

Brian Elder, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 96th district, was the marquee victory for RLM-PAC-endorsed candidates.

RLM-PAC Chairman Paul Miller said, “Last night was another example of how a truly grassroots movement can impact the course of our state and nation. Prolife voters show up to the polls and can make the difference between victory and defeat.”

The 96th district Democratic race featured the only head-to-head matchup in the primary election between the RLM-PAC and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. Brian Elder won with 47 percent of the vote, Planned Parenthood’s candidate Don Tilley received 40 percent. A third candidate, Brian DuFresne, received 14 percent.

 Miller said, “America needs two parties that value every human life, it’s encouraging to see Brian Elder’s win and we’d like to see more of those.”

The RLM-PAC won in 9 of 9 congressional races and 65 of 66 state house races. RLM-PAC endorsed judicial candidates won or advanced to the general election in 18 of 21 races. The victory rate for local races was 150 of 168.

Other priority race victories included Beth Griffin winning a three-way contest in the 66th state house Republican primary with 61 percent of the vote, and Jim Lilly winning a three-way Republican primary in the 89th house district with 61 percent as well.

Miller said, “We’re looking forward to the general election and maintaining strong prolife majorities in Michigan’s Legislature and our Congressional delegation.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Compare and contrast - Republican Platform vs. Democratic Platform on abortion and sanctity of human life

Both major parties in the United States have released of their party platforms.  On the issue of abortion and the sanctity of human life, the party platforms couldn’t be more diametrically opposed. 

The Republican platform discusses abortion in the Rebirth of Constitutional Government section of their platform under a sub-heading entitled, “The Fifth Amendment: Protecting Human Life,” starting on page 14.

That section affirms the unborn have the right to life, supports a human life amendment, opposes tax funding of abortion, opposes the non-consensual withdrawal of treatment, and calls for Congress to ban the use of body parts of aborted children for research.  It reads as follows:

The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.

We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. In the meantime, we call on Congress to ban the practice of misleading women on so-called fetal harvesting consent forms, a fact revealed by a 2015 investigation. We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.

We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from individuals with disabilities, newborns, the elderly, or the infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women who face an unplanned pregnancy. In order to encourage women who face an unplanned pregnancy to choose life, we support legislation that requires financial responsibility for the child be equally borne by both the mother and father upon conception until the child reaches adulthood. Failure to require a father to be equally responsible for a child places an inequitable burden on the mother, creating a financial and social hardship on both mother and child. We celebrate the millions of Americans who open their hearts, homes, and churches to mothers in need and women fleeing abuse. We thank and encourage providers of counseling, medical services, and adoption assistance for empowering women experiencing an unintended pregnancy to choose life. We support funding for ultrasounds and adoption assistance. We salute the many states that now protect women and girls through laws requiring informed consent, parental consent, waiting periods, and clinic regulation. We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion clinics.

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for leading the effort to add enforcement to the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act by passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which imposes appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery whether the death of the infant is intended. We strongly oppose infanticide. Over a dozen states have passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks, the point at which current medical research shows that unborn babies can feel excruciating pain during abortions, and we call on Congress to enact the federal version. Not only is it good legislation, but it enjoys the support of a majority of the American people. We support state and federal efforts against the cruelest forms of abortion, especially dismemberment abortion procedures, in which unborn babies are literally torn apart limb from limb.

We call on Congress to ban sex-selection abortions and abortions based on disabilities — discrimination in its most lethal form. We oppose embryonic stem cell research. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We support adult stem cell research and urge the restoration of the national placental stem cell bank created by President George H.W. Bush but abolished by his Democrat successor, President Bill Clinton. We oppose federal funding for harvesting embryos and call for a ban on human cloning.

The Democratic Party is extreme on abortion. Democrats’ almost limitless support for abortion, and their strident opposition to even the most basic restrictions on abortion, put them dramatically out of step with the American people. Because of their opposition to simple abortion clinic safety procedures, support for taxpayer-funded abortion, and rejection of pregnancy resource centers that provide abortion alternatives, the old Clinton mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” has been reduced to just “legal.” We are proud to be the party that protects human life and offers real solutions for women.

The Democratic Party draft platform discusses abortion on page 24 under a sub-heading entitled, “Reproductive Health Rights, and Justice.”  That section says they believe every woman has a right to an abortion, calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment (which bans federal funding of abortion) and defends Planned Parenthood, America’s leading abortion provider.    

That section of their draft platform reads as follows:
Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment. We need to defend the ACA, which extends affordable preventive health care to women, including no-cost contraception, and prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender.

We will address the barriers that inhibit meaningful access to reproductive health care services, including those based on gender, sexuality, race, income, and other factors. We recognize that quality, affordable comprehensive health care, evidence-based sex education, and a full range of  family planning services help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. And we strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child, including by ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy and childbirth, and by providing services during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including adoption and social support services.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Start With Life TV ad

Our newest ad playing on television throughout Michigan is Start With Life. It debuted last night.



"It is in politics that the battle for life can have its greatest repercussions. The answer to which political candidate to vote for and how to bring hope and vitality back to our nation, has always been one and the same … Start With Life."

The ad is on our YouTube channel and will be on all of our social media networks. Feel free to share it!