Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DNC Chair tries to make abortion a partisan issue

New Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez is willing to make abortion a partisan issue, threatening to run prolife Democrats out of the party. His comments come after several high-profile Democrats were willing to include a local candidate with some prolife votes in his past in a party event. This past weekend Perez said, "Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state."

Not so fast, my friend.

It's important to point out what he really means here: every Democrat must support taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy, even partial-birth abortion.

A recent General Social Survey study in 2016 showed that just 54.4% of those who say they are "strong Democrats" and 51.9% of those that call themselves "Democrats" thought that abortion should be legal for any reason. That tells us that if the Democrats were really willing to act on Perez's demands, they would be running half of their base out of the party. In a time when the Democratic Party is doing a "Unity Tour," Perez's demand just furthers the partisan divide over abortion.

Right to Life of Michigan is a nonpartisan organization. Our mission is to restore legal protection to the unborn, to educate people on identified prolife issues, to motivate them to action, to encourage community programs that foster respect for human life and to support prolife candidates. The Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee endorses candidates who are prolife and will be the most effective voice for the unborn, regardless of their party affiliation. Other issues are beyond the scope of our mission. We often get criticized for this, but we do it because your opinion of the value of the unborn child can be independent of your views on tax policy, trade policy, foreign policy, etc. We seek to unite as many people together to solve an issue that takes far more lives than any other issue.

Historically the RLM-PAC has endorsed many candidates of both parties. While the Republican Party as a whole has grown in the prolife direction over the last half century, the Democratic Party has grown in the opposite direction. Many prolife Democrats feel disenfranchised, forced to choose between their views on other issues and the life of vulnerable unborn children. Our model is to persuade voters of both parties and change their party platforms as much as possible. The model of the abortion industry is to hijack an entire political party and purge those who disagree through the party apparatus. It's easier to pursue that model when the government sends you more than $500 million in tax dollars every year. Money talks in politics.

In spite of pressure from national leadership, there are still prolife Democrats committed to ending abortion. State Representative Brian Elder, the first term Democrat from Bay City, is one current example. Their willingness to take a stance on an issue that is not always popular as party meetings shows a great amount of initiative and courage. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recognizes the horrible implications of Perez' comments, despite her fervent support for abortion-on-demand.

If you are a prolife Democrat, then we urge you to tell Tom Perez to not forget about his voters. It is important that he recognizes that you can be prolife in any political party. Being prolife is not a partisan issue, it is a life or death issue.

Please contact the DNC and let them politely know what you think! Their phone number is (202)863-8000 and their address is:

Democratic National Committee
430 South Capitol St Southeast
Washington, DC 20003.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cree Erwin update: Planned Parenthood botched abortion details

Prolife activists were joined by members of Cree Erwin’s family for a press conference on April 13, leading to the release of additional details about Erwin’s death following her abortion at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo.

It’s only through her death certificate that we could confirm that the abortion caused Erwin’s death on July 4, 2016. The heavily-redacted autopsy report hid any mention of how she died from a blood clot and perforated uterus following her abortion. The Kalamazoo Gazette filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and this time Calhoun County’s FOIA coordinator released the autopsy report with the relevant details included.

Erwin’s blood clot was caused by a 4-centimeter tear in her uterus following her abortion and IUD placement. The tear went entirely through the uterus. The medical examiner also found 250 cubic centimeters of blood near her uterus, indicating that Erwin was bleeding internally.

An important addition to this evidence are the hospital records released by Erwin’s family. Bronson Battle Creek Hospital found that the abortion was incomplete, meaning parts of her baby or the placenta was still in her womb (the medical examiner made no specific mention of this in the autopsy report). The hospital did not find the perforated uterus, and also did not find a clot. Erwin was sent home with prescriptions for pain killers and told to follow-up with Planned Parenthood or a doctor in three days following the Fourth of July weekend. Erwin didn’t make it, dying about 24 hours after leaving the hospital.

Here it’s worth remembering that abortion is plainly not between a woman and her doctor. In most cases no lasting relationship is formed between an abortionist and the woman. Often the first meeting is when the abortionist walks into the operating room. What sort of meaningful follow-up really exists when the patient is typically just a faceless name on a piece of paper?

To recap, we now know that Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo botched the abortion, leaving Irwin with a 4-centimeter perforation and remains of her child inside of her. Her serious complications were not apparent or detected two days later at a hospital, and she died from blood clots in her lungs. 

It's always important to remember that left in the wake of this abortion are Erwin's family, including her very young son.

How will Planned Parenthood be held accountable for their actions? There’s more of this story to come.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

President Trump takes back Obama's gift to Planned Parenthood

Individual states can again opt out of sending their Title X funding to Planned Parenthood. President Trump made it official today by signing legislation passed by Congress. States will now be able to choose where to send the federal dollars for family planning services. This law will allow for women’s health clinics that don’t provide abortions to have more access to federal grants and money so that they can better serve their patients.

This rule comes as a reverse to President Obama’s parting gift to the abortion industry. At in the final weeks of his presidency, Obama implemented a last-minute rule change that prevented states from defunding Planned Parenthood by requiring state and local governments to distribute the federal Title X money to family planning services regardless of whether they performed abortion.

Instead of allowing states and voters to decide, Obama's rule forced taxpayer money into the hands of Planned Parenthood, who performs more than one third of abortions in the United States annually.

Congress was able to roll back this rule using a process called the Congressional Review Act. This bill signing is the second win for the prolife movement nationally this week, with the swearing in of Justice Gorsuch on Monday being the first.

Grand Rapids abortionist has license suspended, fined $10,000

Grand Rapids abortionist Thomas Gordon’s criminal record has finally caught up with him. Effective April 26 the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will fine Gordon $10,000 and suspend his medical license pending successful completion of a rehabilitation program.

Right to Life of Michigan Barbara Listing said, “It’s about time. For decades Thomas Gordon has plied his deadly trade in downtown Grand Rapids, taking thousands and thousands of lives. It’s good when the abortion industry is finally held accountable.”

The complaint from LARA stems from Gordon’s failure to inform health regulators of his many criminal convictions.

Gordon has an arrest record in Michigan dating back to 1991, when he was convicted of aggravated assault. After an incident in November of 2011, Gordon was originally charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon. He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and possessing a weapon while under the influence. In 2015 Gordon was convicted of disorderly conduct for fighting/jostling and operating under the influence. In 2010 Gordon’s wife filed a personal protection order against him, alleging he beat her several times and put a gun to her head while she was sleeping.

Listing said, “Gordon was either never fit to practice medicine in the first place, or he should recognize that the heavy personal toll from taking thousands of lives in the womb has led him to commit violence against women outside of the womb as well.”

LARA has ordered Gordon to complete the Health Professional Recovery Program within six months, or face having to reapply for reinstatement of his medical license. If he can pay his fine and complete rehabilitation to have his license restored, Gordon faces two years of probation.

Gordon's abortion business is the only current surgical abortion facility in Grand Rapids. Another Grand Rapids abortion business closed several years ago. Planned Parenthood is now the sole abortion business in all of western and northern Michigan.

It’s unclear if Gordon will find a replacement abortionist to keep his business running. Abortionists traveling to other clinics or working a circuit of clinics is a common practice in the abortion industry. Local prolife sidewalk counselors, however, are unaware of Gordon ever using substitute abortionists in the past.

As of today the National Abortion Federation’s website refers women to Gordon’s business. The National Abortion Federation received criticism in the past for failing to take action against Kermit Gosnell’s charnel house abortion clinic in Philadelphia. Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in 2013, among numerous other crimes.

Listing said, “Gordon is not the exception in the abortion industry, but rather the rule. How could any woman ever feel safe in his operating room knowing he has put a gun to a woman’s head and has three convictions for violent crimes? How many women have been informed of his record in the past?”

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Latest doctor-prescribed suicide bill has no chance to pass

Last week State Representative Tom Cochran introduced a bill that would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in Michigan. Rep. Cochran cites years as a professional medic and what he believes are the realities of the terminally ill as reasons for introducing his bill.

RLM's Legislative Director Ed Rivet was asked by FOX 17 to comment on Rep. Cochran's bill.

It is important to note that this bill will not go anywhere. With prolife majorities in Michigan's Legislature and our state's unique history there is no hope for this bill to get a hearing, let alone advance for a floor vote. Often representatives who are in the minority party will introduce controversial bills to create media attention or conversation on a given topic.

Rep. Cochran’s bill isn’t the first time something like this has been introduced. The people of Michigan decided the issue of doctor-prescribed suicide in 1998 when a ballot initiative (Proposal B) that would have legalized it in Michigan was overwhelmingly defeated by 71 percent of voters. Once people saw the many troubling questions doctor-prescribed suicide creates, the initiative was easily defeated. Proposal B was the conclusion of Jack Kevorkian's efforts to turn Michigan into a haven for euthanasia. Kevorkian eventually went to jail for second-degree murder after killing his final patient, Thomas Youk.

Rep. Cochran's bill shares many of the same problems of earlier efforts in Michigan and current efforts in other states. "Safeguards" wouldn't include tracking the deadly drugs after prescription and the bill would make it illegal to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to detect any abuses. Hospitals and the insurance industry would face the choice of paying for patient's costly medical care or instead offering them cheap lethal drugs. Patients could face pressure from caregivers or family members.

Since Proposal B failed in 1998, Michigan has made (and continues to make) advances in both palliative and hospice care. With these advances, cases of unmitigated suffering are extremely rare. Pain management and hospice care provide appropriate and sufficient means to meet patients' needs for quality end of life care.

The greatest challenge we face as a nation for end-of-life medical care comes not from pain and suffering, but from medical staff not educating patients on these advances in pain management techniques. Looking at statistics from Oregon, an overwhelming 90 percent of patients requesting the lethal drugs cite fears of loss of autonomy or abilities, compared to only about 25 percent who cite improper pain control or (more specifically) concerns about pain control in the future.

There was been a recent nationwide push to embrace suicide. There are now six states that allow doctors to give patients lethal doses of drugs. Even with these states making this practice legal, major medical associations (including the AMA) and disabilities rights groups continue to reject doctor-prescribed suicide as an acceptable medical practice.

Rep. Cochran's bill provides us with an opportunity to educate people about the grave concerns these laws create. The ballot proposal in 1998 was defeated because the public became adequately informed on the issue, and we will continue to inform them as time passes.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Gorsuch and the alleged super-precedent of Roe v. Wade

Neil Gorsuch is just settling in as the newest U.S. Supreme Court justice, yet questions are already swirling about his future coworkers.

With judicial filibusters no longer U.S. Senate procedure and many incumbent Democratic Senators up for reelection in 2018, President Donald Trump will likely be pushing on an open door for court nominations. Three current justices are 78 or older, and all three are the critical fifth vote in favor of Roe v. Wade.

It’s with several of those facts in mind that U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein grilled Justice Gorsuch during his hearings about his views on what she called the “super-precedent” status of Roe v. Wade. There’s no such thing as a “super-precedent,” and even if there was it certainly doesn’t apply to the most controversial Supreme Court case in history. Roe v. Wade is so controversial it has changed the judicial nomination process and is the direct source of our current rancor, from the “borking” of Robert Bork to the unprecedented filibuster of Neil Gorsuch.

The controversy over Roe v. Wade has overshadowed the case itself, leaving most Americans in the dark about it and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. Most Americans have a vague understanding that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the first trimester. Few understand that the two cases legalized abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy, superseding the laws and voters in all 50 states.

Fewer still understand that even Roe v. Wade’s supporters believe the case is pure legal mumbo jumbo. The well-known pro-abortion law professor Laurence Tribe put it more eloquently, "One of the most curious things about Roe is that, behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found."

A majority of Americans tell pollsters they are afraid to overturn Roe v. Wade. At the same time they say they oppose late-term abortions and oppose abortions done for economic or social reasons (which account for more than 90 percent of abortions performed). That’s a great disconnect. Americans are afraid to overturn a decision they don’t understand whose results they fundamentally reject.

Americans are in dire need of clarity about Roe and Doe given the likelihood of the cases being revisited very soon. What Americans don’t need is more disinformation. Roe and Doe are not “super-precedents” but cases that have disenfranchised voters from their beliefs and our democratic process.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Choose Life plate bill passes, new bills introduced

Today the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee reported out the Choose Life license plate bill by a vote of 3-1 (one prolife senator was absent). There was no debate on the bill, just a quick vote to approve it. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Also today, State Rep. Lana Theis (along with 33 additional co-sponsors) introduced House Bill 4467. The Miscarriage-Heartbeat Awareness Act will require that women considering abortion be given the opportunity to hear her baby’s heartbeat before the abortion.

The bill also addresses an important trend of abortion providers pushing women to ever-earlier abortions using the abortion pill, even before a viable pregnancy can be confirmed.

If the baby’s heartbeat cannot be detected, the woman must be informed of the rates of natural miscarriage before the heartbeat is detected. The overall miscarriage rate after a positive pregnancy test ranges from 15% to 25%. But after a heartbeat is detected, the miscarriage rate drops below 5%.

How many women make a rushed, panicked decision before knowing if her child is even developing normally?

As Rep. Theis stated in her press release today, "These are important statistics to be aware of, and providing them will allow her to evaluate the next step. If it is possible for her to avoid the expense and trauma associated with a potentially unnecessary abortion, then that information should be provided to her."

Finally, legislation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide was introduced in the Michigan House today. HB 4461 and 4462 were introduced by Rep. Tom Cochran and Rep. Kevin Hertel. The bills were referred to the House Health Policy Committee, where they are expected to receive zero action (yet no doubt get the most media attention, despite our excellent track record of passing legislation over decades). In 1998 71 percent of Michigan voters overwhelmingly chose to keep our state's ban on doctor-prescribed suicide.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New CMP video exposes more wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood

A new video released by the Center for Medical Progress exposes more information about Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling fetal tissue, in this case intact brains. The latest video took place at a Planned Parenthood networking reception and begins with Dr. Deborah Nucatola introducing the undercover journalist (David Daleidin) to Dr. DeShawn Taylor. Taylor is the previous medical director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona. You may remember Nucatola who was featured in the first video released by CMP back in July of 2015.



During their discussion, Taylor goes into graphic detail on how she delivers intact fetuses in late-term abortions to get the best quality body parts. Taylor explains to the investigators, "In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with any signs of life, we're supposed to transport it. To the hospital." An investigator asked, "Is there any standard procedure for verifying signs of of life?" Dr. Taylor replied, "Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?" Apparently the only standard procedure is for covering up what they see as the mere inconvenience of infanticide.

One of the more disturbing parts of the video is when Taylor goes into further detail of the abortion procedure, "My biceps appreciate when the dig[oxin] works." She continues by saying, "I remember when I was a [Family Planning] Fellow and I was training, I was like, Oh, I have to hit the gym for this," as she describing the force she feels in her biceps when performing a dismemberment abortion with forceps. Once again Planned Parenthood is trying to normalize the practice of abortion, this time by making sure their doctors hit the gym before they perform abortions; apparently live babies put up too much of a fight for the sake of comfort.

Many people in our society have accepted abortion as something that should be legal because they are willing to avert their eyes from what abortion really is. Planned Parenthood knows that if the truth comes out, American support for abortion will dwindle as society begins to recognize that it is not blobs of tissues but in fact perfectly-formed tiny humans with intact organs who are being dismembered and sold.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Say what? Tidbits from the Choose Life plate bill hearing today

Today the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony on SB 163 to create a Choose Life fundraising license plate. The plate has been frequently requested by prolife citizens. Proceeds from people who wish to purchase the plate would go to a fund to be distributed to programs to help women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Bill sponsor Sen. Patrick Colbeck gave a moving testimony about raising funds to support women in crisis. This was followed by two opposing testimonies from the American Association of University Women (Michigan Chapter) and Planned Parenthood. Right to Life of Michigan provided the final testimony in support of the bill.

Testimonies from the two groups supporting abortion were quite absurd. In an apparent attack on adoption, prolife pregnancy centers were referred to as "baby-finding centers" placed near college campuses to allow infertile wealthy white people to recruit and adopt white babies from a "better genetic pool of white college women." In real life these pregnancy centers rely heavily on donations and volunteers to provide free help to women in need, many of whom are non-white.

Planned Parenthood's first line of testimony accused Right to Life of Michigan of "standing in the way of reducing abortions in Michigan." Yeah, you read that right.

It's funny until you realize that Planned Parenthood performs more than 320,000 abortions in America every year. They perform 160 abortions for every adoption referral they do. They can't seem to decide between saying they want to reduce abortions or saying they are proud of them as a vital part of their mission. If abortion is a point of pride as your mission, why reduce it?

Here's the real irony: Planned Parenthood opposes prolife citizens from voluntarily sending money to organizations that help women, but they demand profile citizens be forced to give them money.

 A committee vote on the bill is expected next week.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gorsuch will bring fairness to the Supreme Court

It’s been clear from the beginning of his nomination process that Judge Neil Gorsuch is well-qualified to fill the shoes of Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. The American Bar Association agrees, giving him their highest rating: “well qualified.” The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Gorsuch to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006.

Several groups are opposing his nomination, including abortion supporters like Planned Parenthood. It’s clear their fears have nothing to do with Gorsuch’s judicial experience or his personal views; they fear him because he’s fair-minded.

In his writings and public statements, Gorsuch has made it clear he believes the role of judges is to rule based on what the law says. Simple enough, right? Not for abortion supporters. For years, they have relied on judges to rig the system in their favor.

A biased court system has significantly reduced trust in our democratic process. Millions of Americans of all political persuasions have come to believe established power players are willing to ignore or even subvert their choices in our democratic process. They aren’t wrong.

On November 7, 1972, 60 percent of Michigan voters took to the polls to keep our state’s law respecting the rights of the unborn child. A version of that law has been in effect since 1846, maintained by generations of voters and elected representatives and coexisting for more than a century with the U.S. Constitution.

None of this mattered when Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were handed down several weeks later on January 22, 1973. Seven judges who personally supported abortion discovered that the Constitution requires abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Unable to directly cite any text in the Constitution to support their personal views, the judges asserted they can be found in the penumbras formed by emanations created by zones.

Those seven judges privileged their own personal views over those of voter and duly elected representatives.

Prolife groups aren’t expecting Gorsuch to impose our agenda through legal magic tricks. All we want is to restore a fair democratic process so our voices have an opportunity to be heard. Based on his record, Gorsuch is a fair-minded judge who lets voters and legislators exercise their proper roles in our government.

The U.S. Senate must consider Judge Gorsuch with all due diligence, but his record indicates those who seek fairness have nothing to fear.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Girl Scout cookies: does your money go to abortion?

It’s that time of year: Girls Scout cookie season. Though many love Girl Scout cookies and the tradition that they bring, there is a history behind them that is not always talked about. Maybe this year you should hold off buying these cookies until you know a little more about the organization that you would be supporting.

Do the Girl Scouts support abortion and Planned Parenthood?

Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) is a dues-paying affiliate of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). WAGGGS has participated in several international conferences and United Nations events that support a pro-abortion agenda. At these events they have been joined by groups that provide or support abortion such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International and the United Nations Population Fund. There are also other numerous concerns about GSUSA activities.

On their website, GSUSA explains that direct sales from Girl Scout cookies stay with the local councils that sell them. If you ask them about where they stand on the issue, they will tell you the same thing, often making the argument that money raised through local cookie sales stays local. There are two problems with that.

First, several local councils have relationships with Planned Parenthood. Yours might be one of those.

Second, their website states that GSUSA collects royalty fees from bakers they license to make the cookies, and those fees are based on their gross annual sales. Therefore very cookie you buy means GSUSA gets more money, some of which will go to supporting abortion.

Before you shell out $4 for a box of thin mints, think twice about the organization that you are supporting. Is that few minutes of satisfaction worth helping supporting organizations that support abortion-on-demand and population control?

Girl Scouts and Abortion flyer
More information at mygirlscoutcouncil.com

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Prolife sidewalk counselor 1, MI abortion clinic 0

A prolife sidewalk counselor in Michigan has won a victory in court against one of the most notorious abortion clinic chains in Michigan.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has ruled against Northland Family Planning Clinic in the case of Thames v. City of Westland.

The ruling stated that Kimberley Thames was falsely imprisoned and arrested after peacefully praying in front of the abortion clinic. It found the CEO of Northland, Renee Chelian, and one of its employers were conspiring with the City of Westland to violate Kimberley’s rights. The defendants will pay Kimberley $2,000 for their wrongdoings.

Chelian made news most recently when an undercover journalist recorded her macabre joking about hauling the bodies of aborted babies up north for a bonfire.

The case came after the events on August 27, 2016 when Kimberley went to the Northland facility in Westland to be a witness for life. She silently prayed on the public sidewalks surrounding the facility. She was not violent, she did not have weapons; all she had on her was a rosary and a prolife sign.

After a while, Kimberley briefly left the area to use a nearby restroom. Upon returning, she noticed that several police cruisers had arrived at the facility. She had no idea why they were there. One of the officers approached her and asked if she told the security guard that she was going to bomb the clinic. Kimberley quickly rejected this statement. But little did she know that a Northland employee and the security guard called 911 to make a false claim that she had threatened to bomb the Northland facility.

At the scene of the alleged crime there was also a nun present. Officers were able to interview her and use her as an eyewitness. The nun explained that Kimberley never made any threats and that the guard was lying. However, the officers ignored what the nun had to say. The officers took Ms. Thames into custody, telling her that she was “under arrest for making terrorist threats.” The officers placed Ms. Thames in handcuffs, put her in a police cruiser, and brought her to the Westland police station, where she was detailed for nearly three days.

As just a peaceful protester, Kimberley had her rights taken from her. Thankfully the courts were able to defend the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly to provide justice for Kimberley.

If you have any questions one what your rights are when it comes to prolife picketing, check out our brochure on it.

Cree Erwin cause of death confirmed: abortion

Cree Erwin was a young Michigan woman who died in Battle Creek on the Fourth of July in 2016. She had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo a few days before her death. For months we were left to assume that the abortion played the major role in her death, and after finally obtaining the autopsy report for Ms. Erwin, we can confirm that.

The Calhoun County medical examiner found that Erwin died of a blood clot in her uterus that traveled to her lung. The immediate cause of the blood clot was a perforated uterus following a vacuum aspiration abortion and IUD placement.

Her death certificate now officially reads: “Complications of intrauterine pregnancy, including pulmonary emboli related to uterine vein thrombosis and uterine perforation status post early vacuum aspiration and intrauterine contraceptive device placement.”

Left behind in the wake of this abortion is Cree Erwin’s young son and a grieving family.

The autopsy is heavily redacted in the sections pertaining to the perforated uterus, which can be caused by an abortion or an IUD placement. The autopsy describes the perforation happening “post” Erwin’s abortion, rather than during it. It also mentioned methadone use (a painkiller) contributed to her death.

The redacted autopsy still leaves many important unanswered questions. Our hope is more details will be available soon.

It’s important to note that this information comes not from a go-getting reporter in the news media but a prolife citizen journalist, Lynn Mills, who has been doggedly pursuing this case. It’s because of this research that we can know where Ms. Erwin’s abortion took place.

Planned Parenthood has issued no statement on the matter.

Autopsy report
Death certificate
Police report and 911 call
First trimester vacuum aspiration abortion description

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Planned Parenthood: abortion trumps everything

Recently President Trump made an informal proposal to Planned Parenthood: they could continue getting federal funding if they decided to stop performing abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards fired back, proving what prolife people already knew about Planned Parenthood: abortion is too central to their mission to ever abandon. Taking to Twitter, Richards said that they are "proud" to provide abortions, which are "a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings." Planned Parenthood and the tax dollars they receive are inseparable from their abortion mission.

We know that Planned Parenthood lies about the services that they provide. For example, they don’t provide mammograms, most locations don’t provide prenatal care and they also refuse to provide women with ultrasounds unless they are getting abortions. Their 3 percent gimmick is designed to mislead people when convenient for them to downplay abortion.

So how many women are using Planned Parenthood? In 2015 Planned Parenthood reported seeing 2.5 million clients. In the United States there is about 62 million women of reproductive age (ages 15 to 44). This means that only 4 percent of women who are of reproductive age will go to a Planned Parenthood in a given year. Many of those women are only going for services involving Planned Parenthood's vital abortion mission.

The 4% figure gets even smaller when you look at how many total women there are living in the United States. In 2014 there were 125.9 million women. Less than 2 percent of them used a Planned Parenthood during the calendar year.

Roughly half of women are prolife, and are forced to support an organization whose core mission includes abortion. Why should we force those women to violate their most deeply held beliefs in order to provide care to 2 percent of women—especially when there are much more numerous and comprehensive alternatives available? The only mission of these alternatives is caring for patients.

It is past time to stop coercing American taxpayers into helping Planned Parenthood advance their abortion mission.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Remembering Roe: Norma McCorvey passes at age 69

Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe in the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, passed away on Saturday from heart failure at age 69. Though she will forever be known by the Supreme Court case that bears her name, after years of personal struggles, Norma dedicated the rest of her life to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Norma had an unstable childhood. She grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother. At just 16 she married Woody McCorvey and gave birth to her first child quickly after that. Not long into her marriage she left her husband after he began to abuse her.

In 1969 Norma found herself pregnant for the third time. At her age and situation, Norma knew she could not provide a stable household for her child, and so she sought an abortion. Texas law, however, protected unborn children in law. Someone told Norma about a young, ambitious lawyer named Sarah Weddington who was looking for pregnant women to serve as plaintiffs in abortion cases.

Norma was the perfect candidate for the young lawyer: she was a young single mom, she had one child being raised by her estranged mother, she had given her second child up for adoption and was now expecting a third child. Her young life had been overrun with drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Despite this, Norma said she made up a story about being raped to further defend getting an abortion.

While her case was making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1970 Norma gave birth to a healthy baby girl who was adopted by a family in Texas. Norma never had an abortion. Rather than abortion being the end, Norma's daughter's story likely continues today, maybe even with children of her own. Norma's daughter is oblivious to the fact that her life was the subject of a unjust decision which has led to the deaths of 57 million other unborn children.

On January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided and abortion-on-demand was forced on all 50 states (the Doe of Doe v. Bolton, Sandra Cano, also vocally opposed abortion until her death in 2014). Sarah Weddington had won her case using the story of Norma McCorvey’s hardships.

A few years after the decision Norma came out as the face of "Roe." She attended pro-abortion marches and even began working at an abortion clinic herself. It wasn’t until 1994 when the prolife protest group Operation Rescue moved in to the building next to her abortion clinic that Norma's life changed course. The story of how she came to see abortion for what it truly was is told in an autobiographical book, Won By Love.

After those years of personal struggles Norma became vocally and actively prolife. She converted to Christianity and then joined the Catholic Church 1998. She testified to Congress that she was going to dedicate her life to overturning the decision that bears her name. Both her and Sandra Cano asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, but tragically the justices had no need for their stories anymore after using them to achieve their intended desires.

Norma’s story is one that a lot of people sympathize with: a young addict with a rough upbringing, unable to provide for herself. When she went to look for an abortion, what she was really looking for was help. If someone would have been willing to interject and help her, rather than send her to ambitious pro-abortion lawyers, how different would Norma's life had been? How different would the life of millions of women have been if they were offered something more meaningful than a trip to an assembly-line abortion clinic?

It was not the abortion industry and their lofty pro-woman rhetoric that won Norma with their love, but a team of controversial prolife activists. More specifically, it was a budding seven-year-old prolife activist Emily and her little sister Chelsey who were willing to befriend Jane Roe. As Norma wrote in Won By Love:

"I put on my sunglasses so Emily and Chelsey couldn't see the tears welling up in my eyes. What happened? It was the first time abortion had been personalized for me. I no longer saw abortion as a convenient way of dealing with 'products of conception' or 'missed periods.' Instead abortion represented the 'legal right' to end the life of a child as precious as Emily. This beautiful girl could have been killed without penalty, I thought—and it was all my fault."

Without Norma, those seven judges would have found another Jane Roe. Norma's story is that a young, misguided woman looking for help was used as a pawn in the biggest court case in the history of our country. Her story mirrors the tens of millions of women who have since been sold abortions from revolving-door "clinics."

Let the story of "Jane Roe" inspire you to help women in a crisis pregnancy. Let it inspire you to see the value in every life and every child.

Just as it did for Miss Norma. R.I.P.

Friday, February 17, 2017

House passes H.J. Res. 43 to overturn last minute Obama administration rule

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted 230-188 on House Joint Resolution 43, which would nullify a last-minute regulation created in the final days of President Obama’s tenure. This regulation prevented states from redirecting their Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics, making states unable to defund Planned Parenthood.

This last minute rule change poses a huge problem; many states had already elected to redirect their Title X funding to different health clinics throughout their respective states. Every state and community has different needs, and many states and communities do not want their tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood or other clinics that perform abortions. The resolution the U.S. House approved would allow states to make their own decisions.

The $300 million in funding for Title X comes from the federal government and Medicaid. Like Medicaid Title X is jointly administered by states and the federal government. It was enacted in 1970 by President Richard Nixon, before Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided in 1973. The program is designed to provide several services to low-income women including birth control, sexually-transmitted disease tests, cancer screenings, pregnancy tests, etc. For every Planned Parenthood office in America there are 20-times the number of community health centers that provide those services, and some offer services that Planned Parenthood does not like mammograms.

This resolution is now headed to the Senate for a vote. Please contact our Michigan Senators, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, and tell them: "Please vote YES on H.J. Res. 43 to rescind the Obama rule preventing states from redirecting Title X funds away from groups like Planned Parenthood."

MI Congressman Tim Walberg testified in favor of the resolution
MI Congressman John Moolenaar released a statement supporting the resolution

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

House to vote on stripping lame duck Obama rule to protect Planned Parenthood

In the closing days of the Obama Administration pro-abortion regulators created a rule that stops states from defunding Planned Parenthood. The U.S. House will vote on a House joint resolution (H.J. Res.) Thursday to rescind this rule.

 Please call your representatives now and send them this message: "Please vote YES on H.J. Res. 43 to rescind the Obama rule preventing states from redirecting Title X funds away from groups like Planned Parenthood." 

Contact information for MI members of Congress

Similar to Medicaid, Title X (Title 10) family planning funding is jointly administered by states. Several states have sought to prevent Title X funding from going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics. They passed rules to redirect the money to uncontroversial clinics. As a staunch servant of the abortion industry, President Obama sought to stop these states.

Obama's rule change took effect on January 18, with two days left in his presidency. When originally crafting the rule, he expected Hillary Clinton to be the abortion-friendly president administering it.

H.J. Res. 43 is one among several efforts to end taxpayer funding of the abortion industry. On January 23, President Trump re-enacted the Mexico City Policy. On January 24, the U.S. House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Efforts to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood continue to be planned.

 During the Obama Administration prolife people had few opportunities to lobby Congress on legislation. During the Trump Administration you will have many opportunities to lobby in favor of meaningful prolife legislation. Thank you for your continued efforts to speak out in defense of unborn children!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February is Black History Month

Michigan’s own, President Gerald Ford was the first president to federally recognize Black History Month as part of the United States Bicentennial in 1976. Originally it was celebrated as Black History week, always around February 12, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. This annual observance serves as a time to remember the important people and events in history that Black people have contributed to.

We can't overlook the darker part of history in the United States for Black Americans. We all know about the horrific events of slavery and the civil rights movement. But there is still a great injustice in our midst, one that leads to the loss of 900 Black babies every day.

Abortion has taken more Black American lives than every other cause of death combined since 1973. Totaling over 19 million, abortion has taken more Black lives than violent crime, car accidents, cancer, heart disease and AIDS combined.

Throughout the history of abortion there has been a disparate number of black abortions happening in the United States. The Guttmacher Institute reports 926,200 abortions in the U.S. in 2014. According to the most recent CDC data, 35.6 percent of abortions are done on Black women. Only 12.6 percent of the U.S population is Black. These numbers show that Black communities are the targets for the abortion industry.

The current population in the city of Detroit is 688,701. There were an estimated 329,727 abortions done on Black women in 2014. That's almost half of the population of Detroit. The numbers only get worse when you look at Michigan. Black women make up only about 14% of Michigan's female population, yet they had 49.7% of all abortions recorded in the state in 2015. Black women had 12,925 of 27,151 total reported abortions in Michigan in 2015.

These statistics show an alarming fact, one that rarely is addressed in the public square. With almost half of the abortions in Michigan coming from Black women, we need to help educate women on their options. Abortion-on-demand is being taught to these women as a normal part of life.

The same language that was used to discriminate against them and many others in the past is used to today to discriminate against unborn babies. The unborn are as much a part of our human family as every other person. Often the word “abortion” is never used by abortion advocates. Words and phrases like “choice” or “reproductive health” are used to sanitize the gruesome reality of abortion. Attempts to present factual information often leads to accusations of waging a “War on Women.”

This Black History Month, lets stand up for all black women and men, born and unborn.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch; deserves fair hearing

Last night President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia.

FLYER ON GORSUCH'S BACKGROUND

Judge Neil Gorsuch currently serves on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court. That appointment drew unanimous support from the U.S. Senate. Gorsuch has degrees from Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford. He teaches antitrust law and legal ethics at the University of Colorado. He is highly regarded by the legal community.

Right to Life of Michigan is calling on U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to allow an up-or-down vote for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “Judge Neil Gorsuch has a sterling record, and is well qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Like every other new addition to the Supreme Court before him, he deserves a fair hearing from the U.S. Senate, not a filibuster.”

President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia just before the 2016 election. The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate opted to let the voters decide the nomination through the election results. Voters kept Republican control of the Senate and elected President Donald Trump.

Listing said, “The voters have spoken regarding this nomination. Both Senator Debbie Stabenow, who will be facing re-election in 2018, and Senator Gary Peters should listen to the voice of their Michigan voters who helped elect President Trump in November.”

Judge Gorsuch has been compared favorably with Antonin Scalia by many, both in judicial philosophy and writing style. During his acceptance speech on January 31, Gorsuch mirrored Scalia in pointing out that judges should follow the rule of law. Voters and their representatives write the laws, not judges using their personal bias.

Gorsuch has had several rulings dealing with prolife issues. He ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor, two cases involving the Obamacare HHS Mandate. He dissented against attempts by other judges to block Utah from defunding Planned Parenthood. He has also authored a book on the ethics of doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia.

Listing said, “President Trump fulfilled one of his biggest campaign promises in nominating a judge in the mold of Antonin Scalia. We need more judges who will respect the will of voters and their representatives rather than making it up as they go."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

US House votes to permanently ban taxpayer-funded abortions

Yesterday the US House voted 238-183 to pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The bill would permanently ban federal dollars from paying for abortion-on-demand. The Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds to directly pay for most abortions, has been debated yearly on the floor of the House to be included in the annual appropriations bills since 1976. H.R. 7 would make Hyde a permanent and government-wide law.

The Hyde Amendment went to the Supreme Court in 1980 with the case Harris v. McRae. The ruling held that the funding restrictions created in Hyde did not violate the Constitution. It also said that those who participated in Medicaid were not required to fund abortions.

With the passage of Obamacare in 2010, there was a new threat of taxpayer funded abortions. Under Obamacare, federal tax subsidies were created to assist millions of Americans' purchase private health plans, even ones that cover abortion. H.R. 7 would not allow those plans that cover abortions to qualify for federal subsidies. Michigan opted-out of abortion insurance plans through Obamacare in 2013, but many states have not.

Rep. Bill Huizenga's statement in support of H.R. 7

Rep. Tim Walberg's statement in support of H.R. 7

Rep. John Moolenaar's floor speech in support of H.R. 7:


A woman responds to the Women's March

Thank you to Kay Scott for sharing her writing with us

The following is a young child’s response to protest signs at the Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. The signs were real. The child is imaginary, yet represents millions. For anyone who has had an abortion, may your heart be free and whole. This is not an indictment of you. Rather, it is a look to the future. The hidden voice speaks: "Listen, for I have worthy things to say."

WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED
I am the human growing inside you. Please don’t silence me.

SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTIONS
I am the human growing inside you. Abortion is not safe for me.

MAKE AMERICA KIND AGAIN
I am the human growing inside you. Will you be kind to me?

MY BODY, MY CHOICE
I am the human growing inside you. With my own arms and my own legs, My own head and heart, Your body is not my body. And, my body is not yours.

WE WILL FIGHT TO PROTECT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
I am the human growing inside you. Will you protect my right to reproduce someday?

PROTECT FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS
I am the human growing inside you. Isn’t my right to live as basic as yours? And, as fundamental as anyone else’s?

 LOVE AND ACCEPT US ALL
I am the human growing inside you. Accept us all, except for me?

WHERE IS YOUR COMPASSION?
I am the human growing inside you. Do you have compassion for me?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#10 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: conscience rights



Throughout the series we've covered numerous problems plaguing Planned Parenthood on an institutional level: fraud, misrepresenting their services, staff failing to report sexual abuse, women injured, etc.

The most important reason prolife people want to defund Planned Parenthood, however, is protecting our conscience rights. Conscience rights have a long history in America. Though we disagree on the specifics, the idea that conscience rights are worth protecting on some level is almost a universally-held value in America. Look no further than the recent election.

Prolife people object to abortion. Abortion takes the life of innocent children; what else could be more objectionable than taking lives? Many abortion supporters don't truly understand this, often because Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations will mislead their own supporters about what motivates prolife people. They say we hate women (even though we're mostly led by women). They say we hate poor people. Sometimes we'll get at least some credit for not being monsters when we are accused of only caring about babies before they are born.

The scale of life taken by abortion is almost beyond compare. Since 1973, more than 57 million unborn children have had their lives taken from them. Prolife people strive every day to end this devastation, and we refuse to simply sit down and be forced to support the organization that leads the abortion movement.

Planned Parenthood performs more than 320,000 abortions a year. That is a scale we can understand and compare things to, to understand why prolife people object to being forced to support their organization:

  • Planned Parenthood does more abortions in a year than women who die of cancer (320,000 vs. 270,000).
  • For every single gun homicide in America in 2014, Planned Parenthood did 29 abortions. 
  • In 2014, there were 5,479 hate crimes in America, according to the FBI. For every hate crime, Planned Parenthood did 59 abortions.
  • MIT estimates that air pollution leads to the earlier deaths of 200,000 people a year, compared to the 320,000 abortions Planned Parenthood performs every year.

To begin to wrap your mind around the greater cost of abortion, listen to this short video that uses a tin can and BBs to put the conscience of prolife people into perspective:

Monday, January 23, 2017

An action alert, a win, and some more action today

Today is a great day to be a prolifer! The theme today is taxpayer support for abortion, and there's three important items:

#1: ACTION ALERT - Lobbying needed TODAY on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act 

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment is annual legislation attached to the budget which prevents your tax dollars from paying directly for most abortions. The legislation could see a vote in the House as soon as tomorrow, January 24. ACTION NEEDED: Contact your U.S. House representative now and tell them: "Please vote YES on H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. A majority of Americans oppose our tax dollars being used to pay for abortions."

MI Congressional Contact Information

#2: President Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy 

This morning President Trump signed an order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which stops your tax dollars from going to groups overseas that provide and promote abortion. The rule was first instituted through executive order by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The order has been rescinded and reinstated by pro-abortion and pro-life presidents since then. Abortion will no longer be an American export!

#3: Don't forget day 9 of our Top 10 reasons to defund Planned Parenthood

Going with today's theme, don't forget to share information on how Planned Parenthood utilizes tax-funding to expand their abortion services.

Reason #9: More tax dollars and fewer services

#9 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: more tax dollars and fewer services



Planned Parenthood wants you to believe that defunding them will leave millions of women without vital care. In reality, they are a small section of the health care industry, and other community health centers could easily pick up their slack. Not only that, their own annual reports show that they don't actually increase services when receiving new taxpayer funding.

Can community health centers survive being overrun with Planned Parenthood's patients?

Would you call a clinic seeing one additional patient a day an impossible feat? Defunding Planned Parenthood won't completely end Planned Parenthood. They served the same amount of clients (2.5 million) back in 1999, with $360 million fewer taxpayer dollars. Let's assume they completely vanish, however. In 2014 there were 8,801 federally-funded health centers locations in America; those locations would have to serve Parenthood's 2.2 million non-abortion clients, using Planned Parenthood's $553 million in tax dollars. That's 250 clients per center, less than one more a day. That's $250 for each client to pay for an STD test, a pregnancy test or birth control. Those numbers are hardly overwhelming for centers that already serve more than 24 million people.

How does Planned Parenthood spend the money they do get?

In the last decade with CEO Cecile Richards at their helm, Planned Parenthood has dramatically increased their tax funding. They've cut clients and the services they frequently tout, however, while dramatically increasing their abortion services. Planned Parenthood instituted a rule in 2013 requiring every affiliate to operate an abortion clinic.

When Planned Parenthood gets more tax dollars, it frees up money in their budget they've already committed to current expenses. In a budget, one dollar is as good as the next, so whatever extra money they get is practically going to whatever new services they are going to provide.

Think about it this way, if we offered to cover 100% of your grocery budget, now the money you were spending to feed yourself has been freed up. What will you do with it? Buy groceries that are twice as expensive? Eat twice as much? Probably not. The more likely scenario is that you'll use your old grocery money to buy that TV you've been eyeing in the store, or invest it, or give it away: whatever it is you value or prioritize the most.

What does today's Planned Parenthood truly value? Breast exams? Contraception? Serving more women? That's what they talk about all the time. Their growth and spending priorities show what it is they value the most, however, not their media spin.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Shocking congressional report on fetal organ selling

The House Select Investigative Panel of the House Energy & Commerce Committee issued a 471-page report on January 4 detailing the shocking and illegal activities of abortion providers and fetal organ trafficking (“procurement”) companies. The panel was established after the 2015 release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials dickering over the amount of money they would receive for handing over organs and tissues from the unborn babies they kill.

The final report, which also references more than 3,400 additional pages of exhibits and evidence, documents not only the illegal and unethical practices between abortion clinics and organ traffickers, but also the stonewalling and outright contempt of Congress that most of these entities demonstrated in response to the panel’s request for information. It is clear they all have something to hide.

The panel’s most substantial findings and actions include:

  • The panel made 13 criminal referrals to the U.S. Justice Department or state’s attorneys general for activities discovered that appear to have violated federal law. In short, Congress is asking for criminal investigations. Some the findings that follow are among those criminal actions that require investigating.
  • Planned Parenthood engaged with companies like StemExpress, DV Biologics and Advance Bioscience Resources to illegally buy and sell fetal organs and tissue. The money exchanged went far beyond paying a nominal “processing fee” or other “legitimate cost” for allowing access to the tissue.
  • The lucrative nature of organ/tissue trafficking drove abortionists to alter the way they perform abortions to maximize available organs, pushing them to prefer late-term abortions and to perform illegal partial-birth abortions.
  • Planned Parenthood and the procurement companies violated patient privacy (HIPPA) laws, engaged in deceptive informed consent practices and created incentives for women to donate organs/tissue that violate medical ethics standards.
  • A late-term abortion clinic in New Mexico engaged in illegal quid pro quo arrangements with University of New Mexico to provide organs/tissue, including clinic abortionists being given “faculty privileges” at UNM without ever having to teach classes or provide academic services.
  • StemExpress worked so closely with Planned Parenthood to obtain organs/tissues, that StemExpress employees essentially "set up shop" inside the PP clinics. StemExpress also thwarted the panel’s investigation by refusing to turn over requested documents, including financial records that would likely expose their illegal activities.
  • The panel noted, “Virtually every entity and individual from whom the Panel sought documents did not fully comply…”

The panel concluded that all that their investigation found--including a history of Planned Parenthood falsely billing the government for Medicaid and other services to the tune of $132 million--warrants the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood.