Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prolife volunteers make Metro Detroit Youth Day a fun, educational event for students

On July 9th, Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund participated in the Metro Detroit Youth Day at Belle Isle.  Around 35,000 youth attended this event and prolife volunteers worked with students on quiz boards and educated them about fetal development. 

Below are some pictures from this great event.

Testing youth knowledge on life with quiz boards
Talking about life
Youth Day Volunteers

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Infographic finalists posted - vote for your favorite

Finalists for our Youth Infographic Contest have been posted on our website!

Vote for your favorite in both the 13-17 year-old division and the 18-22year-old division!

Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund's Youth Infographic Contest is for high school and college-aged Michigan youth.  An infographic is a graphic or visual representation of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

Congressman Gary Peters co-sponsors federal legislation to allow abortion without limits up until birth

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on a bill (S. 1696) which would overturn numerous prolife laws on the state level including a number of laws in Michigan, including our informed consent law and our law which regulates and requires inspections of abortion clinics.

As National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias testified at the hearing, “This bill is really about just one thing: it seeks to strip away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their pre-natal development,” Tobias told the committee. “Calling the bill the ‘Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act’ would be more in line with truth-in-advertising standards.”

The House version of the bill is H.R. 3471 and is currently co-sponsored by three Michigan representatives, including Congressman Gary Peters.  H.R. 3471 and S. 1696 attempt to outlaw states from regulating abortion.  It’s designed to prevent duly-elected state lawmakers from enacting laws to regulate abortionists and abortion clinics.  

This means Congressman Peters wants to allow abortionists to operate with impunity. 

In Michigan, we’ve seen the horrific effects of not properly regulating abortion clinics and abortionists.
Operating room in Alexander's clinic (via MLive.com)

In Muskegon, the abortion clinic of abortionist Robert Alexander was closed in December of 2012 by the Muskegon Fire Department.  The only reason authorities went into the clinic was because a broken rear door was reported.  After police noticed “dried bloody handprints on the ultrasound machine and smears and blood splatters on the walls and floors throughout the business” and a host of other unsanitary conditions, the Fire Department and building code inspectors were brought in to inspect and found the building was unsafe.  

After Alexander’s clinic was closed, WOOD TV 8 did a number of investigative reports into Alexander and his clinic, including interviewing former patients and staff. 

The filthy condition of Alexander’s abortion clinic is clear evidence of what can happen when abortionists are not regulated and given the complete trust and self-rule that Congressman Peters would give them.

When the “good-faith medical judgment” of abortionists is given the final say on when an unborn child is viable and on what is considered providing care, you get abortionists like Robert Alexander and Kermit Gosnell performing post-viability abortions in horrific conditions.   

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PRO-ABORTION LEGISLATION

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Senate Democrats hold hearing on radical pro-abortion bill

Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing testimony on “Women’s Health Protection Act” (S. 1696).  Carol Tobias, National Right to Life Committee’s president, has called this legislation  “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress.”  She testified against the bill today. 

The bill is an updated and expanded version of the old “Freedom of Choice Act” that was championed by Barack Obama when he was a senator. The new bill would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion, and prohibit states from adopting new limitations in the future, including various types of laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the laws that the bill would nullify are requirements to provide women seeking abortion with specific information on their unborn child and on alternatives to abortion, laws providing reflection periods (waiting periods), laws allowing medical professionals to opt out of providing abortions, laws limiting the performance of abortions to licensed physicians, bans on elective abortion after 20 weeks, meaningful limits on abortion after viability, and bans on the use of abortion as a method of sex selection. These laws generally have broad public support in the states in which they are enacted, including support from substantial majorities of women.

FULL STORY

C-SPAN VIDEO OF TESTIMONY ON THE BILL

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Real Life Story: Knights of Columbus provide windows to the womb

Our most recent Real Prolife Story discusses the Knights of Columbus' work to get ultrasound machines into prolife pregnancy centers.

The first machine in Michigan purchased through the program was for the Center for Women pregnancy center in Jackson, in July 2009. Tom said 28 more machines have been purchased in Michigan since then, and number 30 is currently pending. According to the Knights of Columbus website, the organization had purchased 334 ultrasound machines as of April 2013, for a total cost of more than $8.5 million in donations. Tom said they have purchased so many machines that they are able to get a bulk rate on them.

“The ball began to roll after that first one, and the program continues to grow,” Tom said.

The local council in Jackson raised more than $12,000 for the first Michigan machine using small fundraisers and a baby bottle drive. Tom said other councils have used pancake breakfasts, fish frys, direct appeals to members and other methods for raising the funds.

FULL STORY

Friday, July 11, 2014

Prolife billboard in Mecosta County defaced by vandal(s)

A prolife billboard put up by Mecosta County Right to Life was defaced with spray paint over the 4th of July weekend.

On the other side next to a smiling baby, the sign simply says, “Choose Life.”

At least it did.

Sometime over Independence Day weekend, a person or perhaps a group decided to vandalize the sign. It had been up little more than a week before someone decided to destroy it with paint and hatred. Where a baby once smiled down, the words “Pro Choice” are now inscribed in cheap spray paint. The entire sign, both sides, stand ruined.

FULL STORY

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mark Schauer endorsed by leading abortion provider

Mark Schauer, a Democratic candidate for governor of Michigan, was recently endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.  In their press release announcing the endorsement, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan says that if elected governor, Schauer “will work” to repeal Michigan's Abortion Insurance Opt-Out.  If the law is repealed, Michigan residents would be forced to help pay for abortion through tax subsidies and health insurance premiums. 

Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in America.  In they provided 327,166 abortions. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S ABORTION AGENDA    

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Local prolife students group in Michigan wins June High School Group of the Month award

Stockbridge Students for Life in Stockbridge, Michigan (Ingham County) was awarded the June High School Group of the Month award by Students for Life of America.

Even before the group was officially approved by their school administration, students created a group Facebook page and Twitter account, which quickly grew in popularity and effectiveness at the school. Their page gathered over a 100 likes in the first 4 days.....

Stockbridge Students for Life has shown adept recruitment skills, especially for such a young and new group. When Stockbridge High School hosted 7th and 8th Grade Coming-Up Day, students hosted a Students for Life booth at the event. Because Stockbridge SFL showed their presence on their campus, the soon-to-be high school students became engaged and many signed up to join the club that day!

FULL STORY

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Teleseminar today at 2 p.m. on Supreme Court decisions

Plan on attending a Supreme Decisions Teleseminar today. The Teleseminar will begin at 2 p.m. and will include Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing and Legislative Director Ed Rivet. Ed and Barb will discuss two of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. During the Teleseminar will learn more about the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law which was struck down and the Hobby Lobby ruling regarding the Health and Human Services Mandate. Learn how these decisions impact our prolife work in Michigan. 

Please join us. The Teleseminar is open to all prolife people. We encourage you to share this information with prolife friends and family members.

Title: Supreme Decisions
Time: Tuesday, July 8 at 2 p.m.
Listening method: Phone + Web Simulcast
Phone number: (425) 440-5100
PIN Code: 662744#

To attend via the Internet visit:
http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventID=57262746

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

“Hillarycare” legislation had religious conscience protections, why is Clinton opposed to those protections now?

While Hillary Clinton was rambling incoherently regarding the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, she was probably unaware S. 2351, healthcare reform legislation which was introduced by Democrats in 1994 and dubbed “Hillarycare,” offered conscience protections to employers based on religious belief.

The 1994 legislation gave "any employer" an exemption from purchasing health care that covered "abortion or other services" if "the employer objects to such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction."

FULL STORY  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hillary Clinton embarrasses herself with statement on Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby

Former U.S. Senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently shared her thoughts on the Supreme Court decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby and said a number of things which are completely untrue.  It’s almost as if she has no clue what the case was about. 
It’s very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception,” Clinton said. “We’re always going to argue about abortion. It’s controversial. And that’s why I’m pro-choice, because I want people to be able to make their own choices.

This statement is wrong in so many ways.  Hobby Lobby’s health plan provides 16 different types of contraceptives to employees.  16 different types.  Hobby Lobby and their owners are not opposed to contraception and don’t attempt to prevent their employees from using contraceptives.  Hobby Lobby filed suit because their owners felt it violated their consciences to provide 4 other types of birth control which they believe can be abortifacient.

If Clinton was really in favor of people being able to make their own choices, then shouldn't she support the owners of Hobby Lobby and their choices regarding which forms of birth control they decide to cover?

FULL STORY

Michigan's prolife oratory contest winner represented our state well at National contest


 Hannah McBride, a home-schooled junior from Manistee, represented Michigan at the National Right to Life Oratory Contest in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Her speech compared abortion to other past injustices and highlighted the value of all human life with the examples of a few notable people.

Though she did not win the national contest, she represented Michigan well and received a perfect score from one of the judges. She was the winner of the 25th Annual Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund High School Oratory Contest and Mason County Right to Life's local contest. Thank you Hannah!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Understanding Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

After the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby there’s been quite a bit of rancor and misinformation regarding the decision thrown about by individuals and organizations which don’t believe in or understand conscience rights and religious freedom of employers. 

Here’s Sarah Torre explaining the results:
Passed by Congress in 1993 by broad, bipartisan majorities, RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] protects Americans from substantial burdens on religious freedom unless the government can show it has a compelling government interest and does so in the least restrictive way possible. That’s a high bar and one the Obama Administration failed to meet under this mandate.

Today’s decision is a strong rejection of the Obama’s administration’s faulty argument that Americans’ religious freedom ends when they open a family business. The government cannot unreasonably force Americans to set aside their beliefs simply because they go into business to provide for themselves, their families, and their employees......

To be clear, the decision today applies only to the coercive Obamacare rule that was threatening the religious freedom of the Greens’ and Hahns’ family businesses. Other claims for religious exemptions by closely-held family businesses from other laws will have to be litigated on a case-by-case basis. RFRA doesn’t provide a blank check for religious believers to do whatever they want in the name of religion and neither does today’s decision.

While the ruling applies only to Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, some individuals seem to think this ruling is part of the “War on Women.”

For example, Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters showed a complete misunderstanding of the ruling and its implications.  In a blog post, the Peters campaign writes,

U.S. Senate Candidate Gary Peters strongly opposes today’s decision because he believes that women should be making their health care decisions with their doctors without interference from their employers.       

The ruling does nothing to prevent women from making health care decisions with her doctors.  It merely says that if a woman is employed by an employer whose religious convictions tell them covering certain types of contraceptives violates their conscience then the employees can pay for their own contraceptives. 

The blog post continues by saying Congressman Peters is “very concerned that today’s decision will turn back the clock on Michigan women who should be in charge of their health care decisions.”

The reality is that the mandate requiring employers to cover the birth control of their employees didn’t take place for new insurance plans until August 1, 2012.  So Peters is fearful that the Supreme Court is taking Hobby Lobby employees back the “stone age” of July 2012? 

Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement claiming,

The ruling tells millions of women today that despite what our doctors tell us is best for our health, we must abide by what our employers say they're willing to provide us instead.
   
Women who desire to use contraceptives can still do so.  The federal government simply can’t force the owners of Hobby Lobby to violate their religious consciences and require them to cover all 20 different kinds of contraceptives (Hobby Lobby willingly covers 16 of the 20 different types of contraceptives but chooses not to cover those chemicals or devices which may have abortifacient effects).

The world is not ending.  The sky is not falling.  Contraceptives will still be available and covered by the vast majority of employers. 

It is sad when our public officials have such a limited understanding of Supreme Court cases and results and use their positions to badly misinform their constituents. 

Planned Parenthood awards clinics for providing more abortions

Abortion advocates often claim they want abortion to be safe, legal and rare.  Planned Parenthood will even claim they do more to reduce abortions than any prolife efforts. 

If Planned Parenthood really wanted there to be fewer abortions, then you’d think they would congratulate their centers for performing fewer abortions, right? 

The reality is the opposite.  They reward and congratulate clinics who increase the number of abortions they performed. 

An abortion clinic employee who recently left her job provided this image of certificate given out by Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains to its Aurora clinic "for exceeding abortion visits" compared to the year before.



FULL STORY

Faith, Conscience and Commonsense Win the Day

In response to the United States Supreme Court ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the following statement may be attributed to Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing.

"Today's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties is a critical victory in protecting the right of conscience and religious liberty against government overreach. This case was much more about the proper role of government than about contraception and abortion-causing drugs. No one should be fined for following their faith; and employees should not be unwillingly complicit in participating in health insurance which destroys members of the human family. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that the core principles on which this country was founded are enshrined in the Constitution for the protection of individuals, businesses, and religious organizations.

"At issue are business owners who object on religious grounds to providing certain chemicals or devices which may cause an abortion and are mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services. It should be noted that this decision is not about all contraception; this decision makes the needed distinction between contraception and chemicals or devises which have been labeled as 'contraceptives' by the Food and Drug Administration but may have abortifacient effects.

"We are studying the opinion carefully in light of the case Right to Life of Michigan filed against the Obama administration on many of the same grounds as Hobby Lobby. Though RLM takes a neutral stance on true contraceptive drugs and devices, we have always objected to those which can cause an early abortion. As an organization formed specifically to promote the uniqueness and sanctity of each human life, RLM has a right to provide health insurance to its employees without violating its very basis for existence."

BURWELL V. HOBBY LOBBY DECISION

Prolife representative defends decision to provide funding to mothers in need

Representative Andrea LaFontaine recently penned a piece to defend the Michigan legislature’s decision to provide funding to the Real Alternatives program which helps pregnant women carry their children to term.

When a woman is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, one challenging choice becomes life-changing. For the women who choose life, this counseling program provides a support mechanism that includes an informed, personal relationship, not just a pamphlet they can find online. Providing resources to those who have chosen parenthood can be as simple as a free supply of diapers or a few face-to-face conversations with real people who have professional training and can share helpful information. This is exactly what Real Alternatives has just begun doing for Michigan moms.

With 2014 as its first year operating in Michigan, Real Alternatives is working to establish helpful programs for real moms through existing support centers in the southern region of the state. This requires training local professionals to properly implement the program, an effort that simply takes time. Nine service locations are currently utilizing the Real Alternatives program and five additional locations will be providing those same services by the end of this fiscal year.

FULL EDITORIAL

Friday, June 27, 2014

Track star runs race while 34 weeks pregnant

At 34-weeks pregnant, Alysia Montano recently ran the 800 meters at U.S. Track and Field Championships.  While she placed last in her qualifying heat and was about 35 seconds slower than her personal best, she still ran at a solid pace and received the approval of the crowd.

Thirty-four weeks pregnant, Montano ran the 800 meters Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championships. The five-time national champion finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds — nearly 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010 in Monaco.

“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” Montano said after the qualifying heat.

That the 28-year-old former University of California star finished last in her heat didn’t matter one bit to the crowd gathered at Hornet Stadium. Trailing the lead pack by more than 120 meters for most of the race, Montano received a rousing ovation as she finished her first lap and the cheering grew louder when she finally crossed the finish line.


FULL STORY

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Oppressive Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone law struck down

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a 2007 Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics violated the First Amendment right to free speech. The McCullen v. Coakley decision is a victory not only for the plaintiff in this case, 77-year-old sidewalk counselor Eleanor McCullen, but for prolife people everywhere. The justices found that the right of free speech, a long-standing principle of individual freedom, had been needlessly encroached upon.

The sole purpose of Right to Life of Michigan is to support and uphold the sanctity of human life; the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the importance of the freedom to engage in outreach and public advocacy.

RLM is pleased that those volunteers and sidewalk counselors who spend time in front of abortion businesses in Massachusetts will be able to continue their ministry. This decision could make the difference between life and death for the unborn child whose mother has scheduled an abortion.

Prolife people work in many ways, and for some their outreach is being a kind and loving voice for women and families entering abortion businesses. On beautiful sunny days and during cold winter storms, these individuals express the sanctity of human life by being present outside abortion businesses letting mothers know life-affirming options are available.

The McCullen v. Coakley decision is a victory for the First Amendment right to free speech and a victory for the passionate people who stand witness to life.

McCullen v. Coakley Decision


Hobby Lobby Update

On Monday, June 30, 2014, it is expected the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down their decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties decision will determine if businesses can consciously choose the elements of health care plans they provide to employees. At issue are business owners who object on religious grounds to providing certain chemicals or devices which may cause an abortion and are mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Right to Life of Michigan will respond when the U.S. Supreme Court issues a decision on the Hobby Lobby case.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thank you Divine Child Elementary School, Mr. Polo’s 7th Grade Class

Right to Life of Michigan would like to congratulate and thank the students in Mr. William Polo’s 7th grade class. Mr. Polo’s class participated in a Book Bank program logging pages read. 

The program also allowed the students to choose a charity to support.  We were excited to learn that Right to Life of Michigan was the charity of choice for Mr. Polo’s class.

Divine Child Elementary School Book Bank Coordinator Amy Moore said, “The students in Room 110 were the top readers in their grade for all of the six possible months [of the reading program].”
The Book Bank Program allows the students to raise money each month for a charity.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “I want to extend a special thank you for caring about those who are vulnerable and supporting the life-saving work of Right to Life of Michigan.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Detroit Free Press recognizes that an “unborn baby” is alive, quickly changes to "fetus"

The Detroit Free Press editorial board predictably opposes any commonsense legislation which attempts to regulate abortion and would never use the term “unborn baby.”  However, a recent Free Press article features a story about the tragic case of an "unborn baby" killed by a drunk driver on Friday.  The mother is in stable condition. 

However, an editor must have noticed the term "unborn baby" at some point and the article and title (which also originally included the term "unborn baby") were quickly changed and "unborn baby" was replaced by "fetus."

Here's text from the original article.     
A Macomb County man was arraigned today after police say he ran a red light in Clinton Township while driving intoxicated and stuck another vehicle, injuring the pregnant driver and causing the death of her unborn baby.
Now here's the same text of the updated article.
A Macomb County man was arraigned today after police say he ran a red light in Clinton Township while driving intoxicated and stuck another vehicle, injuring the pregnant driver and causing the death of her fetus.

See the difference?

However, in their zeal to have their news reflect their editorial opinion, the Free Press didn't change one thing.  The web address of the article still uses the term "unborn baby"  as you can see below.

http://www.freep.com/article/20140623/NEWS04/306230145/A-Chesterfield-Township-man-is-to-be-arraigned-today6-23-after-he-is-accused-of-running-a-red-light-in-Clinton-Township-and-hitting-a-vehicle-injuring-the-pregnant-driver-and-causing-the-death-of-her-unborn-baby

The article currently does not note the changes in the text from the original article or provide an explanation. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ohio man to spend year in jail for beating his daughter after she refused to have an abortion

Some abortion advocates claim legislative efforts to prevent women from being coerced into abortion are unnecessary.  A recent case from Ohio shows the lengths some people will go to get someone else to have an abortion. 

A Fremont man pled guilty Thursday to a felony domestic violence charge and was sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the assault of his pregnant daughter in June 2013......

According to police reports, Brian Schultz drove his daughter to an abortion clinic in Cleveland and made an appointment for her after he found out she was pregnant. When they returned home, the daughter indicated she did not want to go through with the procedure. The girl said that he father punched her in the face and, along with her mother, proceeded to kick her in the stomach.

Thankfully, the young woman and her child survived the beating.  The child was born in December of 2013. 
   
FULL STORY

INFORMATION ABOUT COERCIVE ABORTION PREVENTION IN MICHIGAN

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Toledo's last abortion clinic close to closing

The last abortion business in Toledo is close to closing. The University of Michigan tried to bail them out and keep abortions continuing by signing a transfer agreement, as required by Ohio state law for all ambulatory surgical centers. The Ohio Department of Health ruled against the agreement, however, since women suffering medical emergencies at the clinic would have to travel 52 miles by helicopter for proper care from a "local" hospital.

“We applaud the hearing examiner’s decision, which puts women’s health and patient safety ahead of politics,” said Michael Gonidakis, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “No state regulator or reasonable person would permit an out-of-state hospital to contract with an Ohio abortion clinic to provide backup services. It’s absurd that this abortion clinic would even make such a request. Sadly, it appears that the clinic will put profits ahead of patient safety and attempt to delay and stall through litigation.”

FULL STORY

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Planned Parenthood officially opposes sex-selection abortion bans

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California recently let pro-abortion legislators in their state know their organization opposes attempts to protect unborn children from being killed simply because they're the wrong sex.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business has come under fire from pro-lifers over the years for refusing to speak out against sex-selection abortions. Now, in a letter to members of the California state legislature, the abortion giant may have given a reason why: it opposes a ban on sex-selection abortions.

In a June 12, 2014, letter to lawmakers, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California hand-delivered a letter to all California Assembly Members and State Senators. A copy of the letter includes five bullet points and the fifth bullet point includes specific opposition to “sex selection abortion bans.”

FULL STORY

At Right to Life of Michigan we don't believe your right to life and our government's basic responsibility to protect it depends on your sex, your age, your intelligence or any other qualification that abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood use to exclude members of the human family.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Abortion proponents promise petition drive, instead deliver one sentence bill late in session

State Representative Sarah Roberts, a vocal supporter of abortion, recently introduced a one-sentence bill to repeal Michigan’s Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Law.

More than 315,000 Michigan citizens signed petitions to initiate legislation to ensure that they would not be forced to pay for abortions, through their tax dollars or their health insurance premiums. The citizen-initiated legislation was passed overwhelmingly by the Michigan House and the Michigan Senate, and the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law went into effect on March 14, 2014.

After the legislation was presented to the state legislature, abortion advocates promised their own petition drive to collect signatures to challenge the law. They would have only been required to collect around 160,000 signatures to challenge the law by placing it on the ballot as a referendum. After conducting opinion polling and debating the issue, pro-abortion groups Planned Parenthood and the ACLU realized there was not enough public support for them to collect the signatures and win a vote on the issue.

Instead of doing the hard work of collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures, abortion supporters delivered a one-sentence bill on June 12, 2014, right before the state legislature went on recess.  The fact that Michigan voters for many years have elected prolife majorities in the state House and Senate means this pro-abortion bill is dead on arrival, unlike the dozens of common-sense prolife bills over the years which have worked their way through the Michigan legislative process and become law.  Considering abortion supporters have already raised funds off of a challenge to Michigan’s Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law, perhaps they wanted to make sure their promises weren’t completely empty.

In 1988, Michigan voters decisively voted to end taxpayer-funded abortions through the state’s Medicaid program. The following year, the number of abortions in Michigan dropped by more than 10,000. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved as a result since 1988. Laws that prevent people from being forced to pay for abortions both respect the conscience rights of citizens and save lives. Abortion supporters and abortion businesses which stand to profit from tax-subsidized abortions want to undo our state’s protections.

Unfortunately in some states like Connecticut, citizens have no choice under Obamacare but to now pay for abortions. Michigan citizens—including even many people who may think abortion should be legal but don’t want to be forced to pay for abortions—can rest assured they won’t find themselves being forced to pay for abortions in Michigan.

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE WAR ON WOMEN RHETORIC

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Euthanasia during Katrina crisis

At Public Discourse, Christopher White discusses a new book which sheds light on doctors in one New Orleans hospital who horrifically euthanized patients while rescue efforts were underway after Hurricane Katrina. 
   
On day four—Wednesday, August 31—the first signs of real hope emerged as boats arrived to begin the massive transport operation for those remaining. At the same time, discussions began to take place among medical personnel about what should be done with patients whom they deemed unable to be transported by either boat or air. By day five, the situation appeared more desperate. Rescue was under way, but conditions continued to deteriorate. After one of the doctors made the decision to euthanize some of the animals on hand, Dr. Susan Mulderick, a colleague of Dr. Pou, thought that this seemed to be the most merciful way to treat some of the remaining patients as well. Mulderick sought out Pou, and a plan was formed.

Many of Memorial’s remaining patients were already on morphine to ease their pain. In a consultation with Dr. Ewing Cook, another member of the hospital’s staff, Pou was advised by Cook on how to administer a mix of morphine and benzodiazepine. As Fink recounts, “He later said that he believed that Pou understood that he was telling her how to help the patients ‘go to sleep and die.’” This use of morphine, unlike the patients’ current treatment, was not just for comfort. “What Cook was describing to Pou was something else entirely. The drug combination ‘cuts down your respiration so you gradually stop breathing and go out.’”

FULL STORY