Friday, April 17, 2015

Reported Abortions Increase for 2014

Two Dynamics: Chemical Abortions and Women from Other States Coming to Michigan

Data released by the Michigan Department of Community Health showed an increase in the number of reported abortions performed in 2014. A total of 27,629 induced abortions were reported in Michigan in 2014, which was a 5.8 percent increase from the total of 26,120 reported in 2013 but a 43.7 percent decrease since 1987 (the year with the largest number of induced abortions).

Chemical abortions (non-surgical) increased in 2014. In 2014, 6,935 chemical abortions were committed which is up from the 5,103 committed in 2013.

Michigan residents received 95.3 percent of the induced abortions that occurred in Michigan in 2014. The data shows an increase in the number of women from other states coming to Michigan for abortions; in 2013 there were 708 non-Michigan residents who had abortions and in 2014 that number increased to 1,317.

The trend of declining abortions committed on girls under the age of 18 continued. In 1990, 3,820 abortions on minors were reported. The reported figure for 2014 is 917. This represents a 76 percent decrease since 1990.

No matter what the procedure or where the mothers come from to have an abortion, we are deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives. While the overall trend of decreasing abortions is encouraging, this year’s increase and the annual overall numbers serve as a reminder that our prolife efforts must continue - lives depend on us.


Michigan Department of Community Health 2014 - Abortions Reported in Michigan

Michigan Department of Community Health 2014 - Abortions by County of Residence

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Illinois abortion clinic kills woman and gets out of fine by changing one word in their name

In 2009, Antonesha Ross died after receiving an abortion at Women's Aid Clinic in Illinois.  In an effort to get out of paying a state fine for one of their patients dying and the deplorable conditions at the clinic, the abortion clinic changed their name to Women's Aid Center. Unfortunately, a group of judges is letting the clinic off the hook. 

The clinic owner, Larisa Rozansky, has argued that the Women's Aid Clinic, which filed for bankruptcy before closing in 2011, has no money to pay the fine and that her new clinic, the Women's Aid Center, is an entirely separate entity that cannot be held responsible......

The Illinois Department of Public Health challenged that interpretation, pointing out that the new clinic has two of the same phone numbers as the old clinic and that for a while it had the same website and location. The state sought $3,135 held in the new clinic's bank accounts, arguing that the money could be traced to the old clinic.

The old clinic was fined $9,000 for failing to specify in writing which medical conditions would make a patient ineligible for an abortion, a violation stemming from the care of Ross, who died of severe pneumonia a few hours after a first-trimester abortion. The clinic was also fined $18,000 for failing to hire a registered nurse to supervise care and circulate in the operating room, and $9,000 for sanitary and equipment issues.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mother's Day and Father's Day Bulletin Inserts and Bookmarks now available

Bulletin Inserts: 7¢ each
Bookmarks: 10¢ each

Order your bulletin inserts and bookmarks today for Mother's Day
(May 10) and Father's Day (June 21). Supplies are limited.

Click to view and order the 5.5" x 8.5" Love Is bulletin inserts featuring 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and the 2" x 6" bookmarks featuring poems thanking Mom and Dad for life.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Retired abortionist left thousands of patients records at abandoned clinic

Infamous Michigan abortionist Alberto Hodari is coming under fire again after it was discovered that he unlawfully left thousands of patient files unattended at this former abortion clinic in Flint. 

According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs records, Hodari is no longer licensed to practice as a physician.

When he closed down the Feminine Health Care Clinic in 2013, he abandoned hundreds of boxes filled with very private patient information.

ABC12 News talked a pro life activist who went into the facility earlier this month.

"The door opened and for me, the rest is history. It was all right there," she said.

She said when she looked inside, she saw hundreds of boxes of medical records, papers scattered all over the floor and piles of hypodermic needles.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New prolife TV ads hit airwaves in Michigan

Starting this week, two new prolife television ads will begin airing across Michigan. 

One ad is part of the compassion project and features Shauna sharing her story of being raped and conceiving her daughter. 

"The best way I really can describe being raped, it's really like a death. We live in a culture where children who are conceived in rape are still spoken of in terms of an animal's child, a monster's child. She's wiped away my tears when she didn't understand why I was crying and has just been with me through the darkness." -- Shauna

You can also watch Shauna’s full story here.

The second ad, Daffodil, features a poem from an unwed mother who considers the pain of a past abortion experienced in springtime.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Congressman Walberg calls for Senate Democrats to end filibuster of human trafficking legislation

Congressman Tim Walberg recently wrote an editorial for the Jackson Citizen Patriot on a bill to help victims of human trafficking which has stalled because abortion advocates want it to include funding for abortion. 

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act was another of the 12 bills. The legislation includes several provisions to curb human trafficking, including boosting services for victims and enhancing the ability of law enforcement to further crack down on both buyers and sellers in the sex trafficking industry.

Sadly, progress stalled in the Senate last week because of the type of political maneuvering that frustrates so many, myself included.

Some Democratic Senators claimed language in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act that prevents taxpayer-funded abortion -- also known as the Hyde Amendment and previously enacted into law -- is the reason for filibustering this much-needed legislation.

Never mind the fact the exact same language was included when a dozen Democratic Senators decided to co-sponsor the bill and when it was unanimously passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Monday, March 23, 2015

How supporting assisted suicide encourages some to think they have a duty to die

At First Things, Wesley J. Smith writes about the danger of supporting the suicides of family and friends.

Is it right or wrong to support a loved one’s suicide? This seems to be one of those issues, increasingly prevalent in our society, about which debate is not possible: The answer depends on one’s overarching worldview. Some will believe that their duty is to support their family member’s choice, come what may. Others, including this writer, believe that supporting suicide is an abandonment that validates loved ones’ worst fears about themselves—that they are a burden, unworthy of love, or truly better off dead.

Either way, there is no question that family backing for suicide furthers the normalization of hastened death as a proper response to human suffering. Such normalization, over time, will put increasing pressure on those coping with the infirmities of age and with the debilitations of serious illnesses and disabilities to view their suicides as not only a suitable approach, but perhaps even as an obligation to those they love.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Despicable filibuster continues at behest of abortion lobby

The editors at the National Review have written about Senate Democrats' decision to filibuster a bill to help sex trafficking victims because the bill doesn’t include abortion funding.

The abortion lobby commands vast amounts of campaign money and other political resources, and Democrats are taking the opportunity to reiterate their fealty to the peculiar breed of monomania that inflicts organizations such as EMILY’s List and NARAL, the latter of which cares so very much about abortion that it excised the word from its name for marketing purposes.

There are thousands of people, overwhelmingly women, who have been brought to this country by human traffickers and are being held as virtual slaves, often (but not exclusively) for the purpose of forcing them into prostitution. These are human beings reduced to the condition of meat, and they need many kinds of help – and the only thing that Harry Reid et al. care about is whether they are eligible under the law for a publicly financed abortion.

This is a ghastly elevation of politics over basic human decency. Specifically, it is an indefensible elevation of Harry Reid’s political interests over those of the most vulnerable among us.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Choose Life license plate legislation passes the Michigan Senate

By a 26-11 vote, legislation to create a "Choose Life" specialty plate in Michigan was approved by the Michigan Senate today. The legislation now moves on to the Michigan House. 

Funds generated by the sale of “Choose Life” plates in Michigan will be directed to the Choose Life Michigan fund. The board of the nonprofit prolife committee, Choose Life Michigan, will then disperse the money to organizations that submit grant proposals for specific abortion prevention projects.

The state Senate has approved a bill that would allow for the sale of license plates as a fundraiser for Choose Life Michigan.

Senators voted 26-11 along party lines Wednesday to approve the bill, which would collect a $25 donation for buyers of the license plate. The $25 would go to the Choose Life Fund, backed by Right to Life Michigan.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Senate Democrats Block Human Trafficking Bill

Today, Democratic U.S. senators voted to block the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act because it did not include abortion funding.  
The Senate voted 55-43 to end debate on an amended version of the bill, falling short of the 60 votes needed for the measure to advance. A second vote to end debate on the underlying bill also failed to muster the necessary votes. In both cases, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., changed his vote to "no" — a procedural move that allows him to bring the bill up again later.

Four Democratic senators sided with Republicans: Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

McConnell warned Democrats before the vote that they would suffer political consequences if they blocked the bill.

"If Democrats actually vote to filibuster a bill to help victims of modern-day slavery, I can't imagine the American people will forget," he said, calling the filibuster "a historic mistake."

Michigan’s U.S. senators (Senator Gary Peters and Senator Debbie Stabenow) both voted against helping victims of human trafficking.  Senator Peters signed on as a co-sponsor of this legislation less than two weeks ago but voted against the legislation because it didn’t include abortion funding. 



Story of leaving abortion clinic and choosing life prompts others to share

Kimberly Henderson became an internet sensation when a video of her singing her daughter Vaida to sleep went viral.  Currently, it has been viewed on YouTube more than 4 million times. 

Over the weekend, Kimberly shared on Facebook how she waited in an abortion clinic for 7 hours before walking out and choosing life for Vaida. 

Two years ago today I was sitting in an abortion clinic thinking not having Vaida was best for me.

People remember dates for birthdays, and anniversaries. Well this date is forever burned in my brain. It's a day that I will remember and I remember every single detail of that day. I think that is Gods way of showing me that HIS plan is and will always be greater and bigger than anything and everything I've ever known.

I sat in the abortion clinic for nearly 7 hours. I remember wearing a pink t shirt that was soaking wet from crying. Below is my post from that day and I remember crying the entire time I was writing it. I hope that by sharing this that it touches someone.

In response to her post, more than 100 other individuals who contemplated abortion have shared their stories of choosing life for their children (often sharing pictures as well).


HT: Live Action News

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Abortion Extremists: Senate Democrats threaten to block human trafficking bill if it doesn’t allow abortions to be funded

In one of the more disgraceful political maneuvers of the year, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his democratic colleagues in the U.S. Senate are threatening to block a vote on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 unless it allows funds in the bill to be used to pay for abortions.
Among other items, the bill increases penalties on perpetrators of human trafficking, increases compensation for victims of human trafficking, and allows the Department of Justice to provide grants to develop or expand programs to deter human trafficking. 

The bill was introduced on January 13 of this year and currently has 32 co-sponsors including 12 Democrats, including Michigan’s Gary Peters who signed on as a co-sponsor on March 4.  This was truly a bi-partisan bill as numerous Democratic senators voiced their support for the bill on the Senate floor on March 4 and the bill was voted out of committee unanimously. 

Earlier this week and nearly two months after the bill was introduced, the Democrats noticed the bill includes a provision (similar to the long-standing Hyde Amendment) which says the funding in the bill cannot be used to pay for abortions. 

That’s when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his colleagues first threatened and then promised to prevent a vote on the legislation unless it allowed funds to be used to pay for abortions.

The events presented a difficult challenge for Democrats, forcing them to decide if their support for abortion rights justified blocking passage of a sex trafficking measure designed to help children and women. They privately conceded they lacked the votes to strip out the abortion portion of the bill they oppose, although they expressed confidence they had enough support to prevent passage of the entire measure.

At the same time, they were forced to consider whether their aides had failed to read the bill closely enough to discover the provision when the bill was made public in January, or when it was approved unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month.
Please contact Michigan’s two U.S. Senators (Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters) and urge them to allow a vote on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Victims of human trafficking need help and support, not abortions.  




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Choose Life License Plates could be on their way to Michigan

On March 5, the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee reported SB 84 out of committee by a vote of 4‑1. If passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor, SB 84 would authorize a Choose Life fundraising license plate. The license plate would raise funds for organizations that submit grant proposals for specific abortion prevention projects. The bill stipulates that the funds will be used to promote alternatives to abortion, including adoption, provide practical support to pregnant women, and conduct outreach to at‑risk populations regarding positive pregnancy options.

Choose Life license plates are a common way states allow charities to help women experiencing an unplanned pregnancies. More than 25 states have passed Choose Life license plate legislation including Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Michigan has allowed a wide variety of special causes to raise funds using specialty plates including Michigan’s 15 state-supported universities, the Boy Scouts of America, breast cancer awareness, lighthouse preservation, veterans’ memorial, water quality, wildlife habitat, and disaster relief through the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.

If the legislation passes, the money would be used to support pregnant women and promote alternatives to abortion. The legislation directs that “money disbursed to the Choose Life Michigan Fund under this section shall be distributed to eligible nonprofit organizations that expend money on projects that promote alternatives to abortion.” Eligible non-profits include “crisis pregnancy centers, homes for pregnant women, and other organizations that provide practical support to pregnant women, provide practical outreach to at‑risk populations, and promote life‑saving programs and projects as alternatives to abortion.”

Unfortunately, pro-abortion groups are already lying about this legislation. Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the United States, opposes this legislation and in an e-mail to supporters, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan falsely claimed “tax dollars” would be used to administer the funds from the Choose Life license plates. This claim is false. The proceeds from the sale of specialty license plates (they cost an additional $35 per year) fund the administration costs and the grants to eligible non-profits.

On the other hand, Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million a year in government funding.

Those in favor of legal abortion often claim they are not in favor of abortion but the choice to have an abortion. Only organizations that are pro-abortion would be opposed to prolife people using their own money to buy license plates which help fund efforts to help women in unplanned pregnancies choose life. None of the funds or distribution of funds can legally prevent a woman from obtaining an abortion.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Choose Life license plate moving through legislative process

On March 5, the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee reported out SB 84 authorizing a Choose Life fundraising license plate by a vote of 4-1.  The license plate would raise funds for organizations that submit grant proposals for specific abortion prevention projects. The bill stipulates that the funds will be used to promote alternatives to abortion, including adoption, provide practical support to pregnant women, and conduct outreach to at-risk populations regarding positive pregnancy option.

The legislation now moves to the full senate. 

"The overarching goal it to make sure that we've got life-affirming policies and resources put in place for mothers that are finding themselves in not ideal situations," sponsoring Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, said after a 4-1 vote in the Senate Transportation Committee.

"..It actually provides those services, and support services necessary to support women who've made the choice to go off and support life."



Friday, February 27, 2015

U of M joins hospitals performing in-utero surgery to correct spina bifida of unborn children in the womb

The Detroit Free Press has a wonderful story about how the University of Michigan Hospital System has become one of 13 in the country to perform surgery to partially correct spina bifida while unborn children are still in the womb.  Over the summer, surgeons operated on Kasey Hilton and her son Carter.
Kasey Hilton said the decision was easy.

On July 29, doctors wheeled her into an operating room at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at U-M at 9:30 a.m.

Surgeons first opened her abdomen and uterus. With Hilton's vitals still steady, doctors then began the surgery on the 23 1/2-week fetus inside her.

Now separately anesthetized, the single-pound fetus was gently turned and held into place by gloved surgical hands. Its tiny spine was exposed to a pediatric neurosurgeon, who separated some of the abnormal tissue, then closed the skin over the exposed portion of the spine while making sure not to disturb the underlying nerve tissue in the spinal cord.

A specialist monitored the ultrasound for signs of fetal distress.

One anesthesiologist monitored mom; a second anesthesiologist — working with a pediatric cardiologist and maternal fetal medicine doctor — was responsible for the fetus.  

Kasey Hilton also has a blog in which she chronicles the surgery, her pregnancy and Carter’s journey. 


Monday, February 23, 2015

National Prolife Leader was No Stranger to Michigan

Dr. John C. Willke, who is known to many as the father of the prolife movement, passed away Friday, February 20, 2015, at the age 89. Dr. Willke and his late wife, Barbara, co-authored a dozen books providing an educational foundation for the prolife movement. The Willkes were more than prolific writers; they extensively traveled around the United States and abroad to share the truth that each and every person has the right to life. For a decade, Dr. Willke served as president of National Right to Life from 1980-1983 and 1984-1991.

Dr. Willke was visiting and educating people in Michigan regarding the dangers of abortion prior to Roe v. Wade. He spoke against Proposal B of 1972 a ballot proposal which would have allowed abortions during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The people voted on the ballot proposal on November 7, 1972, and it failed.

Dr. Willke's prolife legacy lives on. Dr. Willke's selfless dedication and contributions to the prolife movement will not be forgotten.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Indiana moves to revoke license of South Bend abortion clinic

An abortion clinic near the Michigan border in South Bend, Indiana may soon close as Indiana's State Department of Health has filed paperwork to revoke the license of the clinic. The paperwork was filed after inspections found numerous violations and the clinic made no effort to resolve them. 

The clinic's abortionist, Ulrich Klopfer, has had a variety of run-ins with the law including his failure to report statutory rape after performing abortions on 13-year-old girls. 
Indiana’s complaint cites recent and recurring violations from inspections as evidence the clinic isn’t following state laws and “is detrimental to the welfare of clinic patients.”

An October inspection cited 27 regulations the clinic did not meet, including proof of staff certification, clinic procedures and disposal of expired medication. The report also details clinic shortcomings, including that 15 out of 30 patient files showed patients were not monitored by qualified personnel other than the doctor while under conscious sedation during an abortion procedure.

Indiana’s complaint states that in December the clinic’s administrators were contacted via mail, given their first notice of noncompliance, and asked to submit a plan of correction. By Jan. 5, they had not submitted an acceptable plan, and were sent a second notice of noncompliance, it indicates.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Be Truthful When Changing Positions on Abortion

In response to a recent editorial by State Representative Brandon Dillon discussing his position change on abortion, Right to Life of Michigan's Genevieve Marnon sent the following editorial to

State Representative Brandon Dillon has made a very public statement about his “evolution” from defending the right to life of babies preparing to be born to being an advocate of the legal “right” to kill babies through abortion.

While I commend Dillon for being attuned to the social conditions affecting abortion, he never explained why he stopped believing it was a violation of basic human rights and civility to kill an innocent unborn human being. For him, abortion is now only about the woman's perspective and the circumstances of her life. The moral status of the most defenseless members of the human family is no longer relevant to him.

He claims that life is precious, but in his new opinion, human life before birth is no longer worthy of being protected from violent death.  Dillon says that conversations with women helped change his mind. What about the millions of prolife women in Michigan, like me, who desire protecting the unborn and helping women?  And, shouldn’t the rights of the 13,000 female babies killed through abortion each year in Michigan matter, too?

As justification for abandoning his prolife position, Dillon cites life-affirming laws -- yet blatantly mis-characterizes those laws. For example, he stated that a 2012 law requiring the licensing and inspection of abortion clinics was “nothing more than an attempt to harm women.” For 40 years abortion businesses were allowed to operate unchecked by the state which resulted in horrific conditions at some. In truth, that law shut down the unsafe abortion businesses and brought health standards to those businesses remaining.

Dillon also claims a 2013 law which removed elective abortion coverage from standard insurance plans was so “extreme” it would deny coverage of treatment for a woman who has a miscarriage. The law's text clearly indicates the treatment of miscarriages isn't included in the definition of elective abortion.

It is a sad day when someone who once believed it was his job to make laws protecting all human beings abandons that belief. It is Rep. Dillon's prerogative to change his views; however, he is not entitled to put forward falsehoods to justify himself. Switch sides if you will, but please have the decency not to offer deceptive information as cover for your decision.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Meet Mary via Teleseminar on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

On Friday you will have a unique opportunity to be inspired in your prolife work! Mary, who is featured in the Right to Life of Michigan state-wide television ad, will be joining us for an informative Teleseminar.

On Friday, February 6, at 10:30 a.m. you will have an opportunity to meet Mary and receive an update on the compassion project You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear from Mary and how her life is impacting people across Michigan. Mary will share more of her story and what brought her to the compassion project.

It has been an exciting start to 2015. Because of your support, prolife television ads are reaching people with a message of life and hope.

Plan now to take your Friday morning break with Right to Life of Michigan and meet Mary!

This prolife teleseminar is open to the public. Feel free to share this message with your friends and family members.

Right to Life of Michigan Teleseminar: the compassion project / Meet Mary

Date & Time: Friday, February 6th at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern)

Attend the teleseminar by calling:
(425) 440-5100  [Pin Code: 662744#]

Or, join the teleseminar by visiting this web site

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Michigan’s Safe Haven law featured in recent cable access channel story

After three recent cases of newborn children being abandoned in Michigan, HOMTV intern and Central Michigan student Erica Francis produced the below video to help educate the public on Michigan’s Safe Haven law.  The video includes an interview with Right to Life of Michigan’s Genevieve Marnon. 

Michigan's Safe Haven Law went into effect January of 2001 and has since saved the lives of some 120 babies, including 12 in 2014.

Under the state law, you can leave your baby with a staff member at any hospital, fire station, police station or any emergency service provider that's on duty as long as your baby is not more than 72-hours-old.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Women of the compassion project featured in March for Life video

The Media Research Center has posted the below video featuring interviews with women at the March for Life 2015, including women of the compassion project.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund launches Compassion Project

Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund is launching a state-wide educational campaign this week which includes TV spots and short films featuring women who share why they are prolife. These women bring a quiet voice to a noisy debate.  Their life experiences convey a fresh perspective to an ongoing discussion: Is abortion justified in certain circumstances?

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “Those in favor of abortion have pointed to survivors of rape to justify legalized abortion. There is a preconception that women who become pregnant from rape want to abort their children. This is a false stereotype not supported by fact. To counter this misconception, Right to Life of Michigan launched the compassion project. The women featured in the compassion project share why they believe rape should not be used as a reason to justify abortion.”

The compassion project was originally created to impart the truth that every life has immeasurable value. These women had the strength to publicly tell their stories in the hopes of bringing a renewed awareness to the sanctity of every human life. Their compassion cannot be dismissed or ignored – no matter the circumstances of their conception.

Listing said, “We are proud to stand alongside these courageous women and reaffirm their dignity as persons equal to every other person.”

Below are the 30 second spots.  You can view the full stories of Travon and Mary online here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Huge crowds at March for Life 2015

The below video by the Media Research Center attempts to provide a visual of the huge crowds at the March for Life 2015.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

U.S. House passes No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

By a vote of 242-179, the U.S. House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7) today. 

Currently, there is a patchwork of different federal laws that restrict federal funding of abortion. Many of these restrictions (such as the well-known Hyde Amendment, which applies to the federal Medicaid program) expire every year and must be renewed through appropriations bills. H.R. 7 would replace this patchwork with a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal funding of abortion and federal subsidies for health plans that cover abortion.

This bill would also require the full disclosure of whether or not  abortion is covered in the various Obamacare plans so individuals could make informed decisions regarding their healthcare plans.

Learn more about this legislation here.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

After 42 years, love remains

by Pam Sherstad, Director of Public Information/Education, Right to Life of Michigan

Thursday, January 22nd is the 42nd memorial of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions which together legalized abortion-on-demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy in the United States. Those two decisions come at the cost of more than 55 million innocent lives ended by abortion.

After 42 years people concerned about the most vulnerable members of the human family not only remain, but are growing in a passion to protect defenseless babies preparing to be born. Since 1973 each January 22 is a time for mourning, but also joy and celebration. While many lives have ended in the tragedy of abortion, others have been saved. The day when abortion is unthinkable is closer now than it has been for decades.

Abortion rates are down. Abortions are at the lowest number in the United States since 1975. Fewer abortions are good because abortion also hurts women. For some the pain is physical after an abortion, for others the agony is psychological, social or spiritual.

Prolife legal protections continue to advance, nationally and especially on the state level. According to the abortion-advocate Guttmacher Institute, there were 13 states in 2000 considered “hostile” to abortion. That number has expanded to 27 in 2014 and includes Michigan.

I am glad to live in Michigan which is hostile to abortion; rejecting abortion results in a culture which protects and supports life. Prolife people remain giving support to mothers and families facing an untimely pregnancy, prolife people remain working to pass life-saving laws in Michigan, and prolife people remain to make abortion unthinkable. After 42 years, prolife people and love remain as a witness that all life deserves protection.

In January hundreds of thousands of prolife people will gathered from across the country to march in Washington, D.C., while others will gather in their own communities for local marches, prayer vigils or special events. Over the years the crowd has grown larger. Like the prolife movement as a whole, people from all walks of life, men and women, young and old, are coming together to promote one common goal: The protection of human life.