Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Start With Life TV ad

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



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

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

Friday, July 15, 2016

Conscience Protection Act passes U.S. House

By a vote of 245-182, the U.S. House voted to pass the Conscience Protection Act on July 13.  The goal of this legislation is to strengthen federal law to protect health care providers who are being coerced by state government into providing abortions. 

In a letter to U.S. House members, National Right to Life described the legislation by saying:   
The Conscience Protection Act that will come before the House as S. 304 (containing the same text as H.R. 4828) would prohibit any level of government from mandating that health care providers participate in abortion. It would protect doctors, nurses, hospitals, and health plans (and employers who purchase the plans). Most importantly, the bill empowers those who are affected by abortion mandates to file private lawsuits in federal courts – without the need for intervention by the pro-abortion activists who draw paychecks at the federal Department of Health and Human Services.       
In Michigan, the nine Republican representatives voted in favor of this legislation while the five Democratic representatives voted no. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Woman in Battle Creek found dead after abortion

Local news station WWMT is reporting that a woman in Battle Creek was found dead after recently having an abortion.  The woman had an abortion and then went to Bronson hospital complaining of pain.  She was treated there and then went to her mother’s house where she was found dead two days later. 

"After leaving the hospital she just thought it was best that she just stay at her mother's house, it was only a block away from the hospital just so they could help take care of her," Gilleylen said.

Two days later, she was found dead.       

"She was laying on her mother's bed in the basement. There was no signs of any foul play or any external injury or anything that appeared to be out of the ordinary for us," Gilleylen said.

Gilleylen says detectives are looking into whether this was a natural or medical-related death. And also if there is a criminal element.       

But he says that will take time, because the full autopsy report is not expected to be complete for another three to four weeks.

According to her grandmother, the woman had a 1-year-old son. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court enables future Gosnells in Hellerstedt decision

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 against abortion clinic health and safety regulations in Texas. Justice Stephen Breyer’s opinion in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt will continue to allow substandard and dangerous abortion clinics to operate throughout the country. The majority opinion cited reasonable health regulations as an “undue burden” on women’s health because many Texas abortion clinics will close after failing to meet basic health and safety standards.

Today’s decision is disappointing, but unsurprising. Abortion advocates routinely talk about women’s health, but repeated evidence shows how they will look the other way when it comes to dirty and dangerous abortion businesses.

The case centered on two provisions of Texas state law. The first requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The second regulates Texas abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical centers.

Hospital admitting privileges are necessary to provide a continuum of care for women who experience botched abortions. The abortion industry objects to the rule because some hospitals refuse to grant privileges to abortionists with a history of substandard and unprofessional care.

 Ambulatory surgical centers are defined in Texas law as facilities that operate primarily to provide surgical services to patients who do not require overnight hospital care. Surgical abortion clinics plainly meet that definition and should not receive special treatment because of their political status. These are simple regulations that ought to be unobjectionable, like having hallways wide enough to fit a stretcher through and making sure surgical rooms are properly sterilized.

The practical effect of Justice Breyer’s opinion is that dangerous and unsanitary clinics must be allowed to continue operating if there are no other abortion clinics nearby. Five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court are now in charge of health regulations at abortion clinics, not state regulators.

Numerous cases in recent memory show how a lack of regulatory oversight puts the health of women in danger. In the case of abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell, Pennsylvania authorities allowed Gosnell to operate on women in filthy conditions for years. This negligent atmosphere directly led to the death of one of Gosnell’s patients, Karnamaya Mongar. Emergency medical technicians were unable to navigate her stretcher through Gosnell’s clinic following a botched abortion.

Many states have experienced similar problems, including Michigan. City of Muskegon officials closed Women's Medical Services in 2012 after discovering unsterilized medical equipment, improper disposal of syringes, numerous leaks in the roof and widespread general filth. If veterinary clinics were allowed to operate like that, there would be public outrage. Why do abortion clinics get special treatment?

Michigan’s Bureau of Health Systems (BHS) conducted only three onsite surveys of abortion clinics from 2007 to 2009. BHS cited all three for noncompliance with state surgical facility requirements regarding equipment sterilization, maintenance of a sterile environment, and sterile pre-op handwashing. All three continued operating despite unsafe conditions.

Justice Breyer’s decision relied heavily on statistics from abortion clinics to substitute his own judgement for that of state regulators. In Michigan, however, abortion clinics routinely fail to report patients’ complications, including even patient deaths.

Right to Life of Michigan compiled an in-depth report at the beginning of 2012 showing multiple abuses by the abortion industry in the state, as well as state regulatory failures. Michigan began reform efforts to address these serious problems on December 28, 2012 with passage of the Prolife Omnibus Act.

How many more women have to be subjected to unsafe and unsanitary conditions in abortion clinics before pro-abortion justices and officials will do something about it?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Michigan abortionist charged for possessing stolen drugs, identity theft

Abortionist Michael Roth
Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced that abortionist Michael Roth has been charged with “possession with intent to deliver schedule 2 narcotic Fentanyl and 6 counts of identity theft.”

After a car accident, authorities discovered the drugs in his car.

According to the press release, another abortionist who Roth sometimes worked for had drugs stolen from his abortion clinic in 2014.  
Medical records indicate that Roth sometimes worked out of Dr. Ojeda’s clinic. Dr. Ojeda and the women whose names were listed on the prescriptions alleged they had no knowledge of the prescriptions. Dr. Ojeda also stated that a large amount of Fentanyl was stolen from his office in December 2014. When interviewed, Ojeda stated he had never given Roth permission to have Fentanyl or Ciprofloxacin from his clinic, a statement which was corroborated by a clinic employee. A separate medical assistant employed at the Eastland Women’s Center allegedly admitted to stealing medical equipment and medications used in abortions from the clinic for Roth and that he was fully aware the materials were stolen.
Other evidence seems to indicate Roth was performing abortions outside the clinic and possibly in the homes of women. 
A search warrant was completed on Roth’s home and office. Additional vials of Fentanyl were found at the home. Both the Fentanyl found in the car and in the house were matched to the Fentanyl that was allegedly stolen from the women’s clinic. The search warrant also revealed a large amount of cash with names and what is believed to be pregnancy information attached to each bundle of cash, medical materials such as syringes, disposable scalpels and empty containers similar to the ones filled with post-conception material found in Roth’s car.

Roth was featured in Right to Life of Michigan’s report on Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure.  That report noted how Roth received six months probation after performing at least two abortions on a woman in her home, was disciplined for various drug-related violations, violated Michigan's informed consent law and allegedly performed abortions after 24 weeks.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Revisiting our Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

On December 28, 2012, Michigan came to a fork in the road. Around the same time, California faced a similar choice. In both cases, elections had consequences.

When Obamacare was passed in 2010, supporters claimed it would not force people to pay for abortions or purchase health insurance that covered abortions. Prolife people knew those claims would prove false.

In California, most elected officials are supportive of abortion and did nothing about those concerns. In 2014 the state went the opposite direction by sending a letter to health insurance companies requiring them to include abortion in every insurance plan. Using a decades-old state law, they unilaterally decided the law mysteriously now required abortion to be covered in every health insurance plan.

A federal law (the Weldon Amendment) prevents federal funding from going to states that force health care entities to provide, pay for, or refer for abortions. After two years of considering a complaint from California citizens, yesterday the pro-abortion Obama Administration decided that the Weldon Amendment doesn't apply and California can force health care entities to pay for abortions. They argue every insurance company in the state is complying, so they aren't technically being forced to pay for abortions. Of course.

Other states have had similar problems where all health insurance plans available require abortion coverage. Michigan took the other, more difficult path.

Our Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act originally passed the Legislature, but was vetoed by the governor on December 28, 2012. After months of negotiations, Right to Life of Michigan and our affiliates decided to take the matter to the citizens rather than pass a water-down version.

Using Michigan's unique constitutional process, we came back with more than 316,000 signatures gathered by volunteers. Nine days later the Michigan Legislature passed the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act into law without the governor. Thanks to our law, no health insurance plan in Michigan is required to cover abortions. People who want to purchase insurance coverage for abortion can do so by purchasing a rider with their own dollars.

Abortion supporters made many false claims about the law, including the outlandish claim that women who have miscarriages wouldn't have treatments covered by health insurance. Of course their claims didn't come true.

Thank you for making your voice heard and helping us take the road less traveled!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Right to Life of Michigan applauds Governor Snyder for signing CAPA

On June 8, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law HB 4787 and HB 4830, the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (CAPA). The legislation will help stop coerced abortions from happening in Michigan.

 Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “This wonderful news marks the end of a decade-long journey to stop coerced abortions, an everyday occurrence in Michigan.”

Research confirms that a substantial number of women feel forced by boyfriends, spouses, parents, and others to have an abortion against their will. Women are coerced through threats of physical violence, withdrawal of financial support, loss of housing and violation of employment contracts or other legal agreements.

In legislative debates, even elected officials who voted against CAPA acknowledged coerced abortions happen. Trying to downplay these acts of injustice, they suggested that only 3 percent of abortions are coerced. That would mean in 2015 there were 815 Michigan women forced to take the life of their own child against their will.

Listing said, “How can someone downplay coerced abortions while admitting that it happens to hundreds of women in Michigan every year?”

CAPA passed the Michigan Senate by a vote of 26-11 on May 25, and a House vote of 65-43 on March 24.

CAPA adds to Michigan's current anti-extortion/coercion provisions by including coercion to abort as a specific crime and establishes penalties.

Parts of CAPA were passed into law in 2012 through the Prolife Omnibus Act. These provisions included a screening process at abortion clinics and requiring the clinics to post a notification that coercion to abort is illegal. These delayed provisions can now be put into place.

Listing said, “The abortion industry in Michigan has profited from thousands of women who never chose to have an abortion. It’s time for that to end.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WZZM highlights Michigan abortionists’ run-in with the law



Months ago, we wrote about how Thomas Gordon, the main abortionist in the Grand Rapids area for 3 decades, has had numerous run-ins with the law. Now, local television station WZZM has a report about how Gordon’s failure to report those legal troubles to state of Michigan means he isn't complying with the law.

Over several months leaders at Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs investigated Dr. Gordon's past and concluded in a complaint filed by the state last month that the doctor was not complying with the state's Public Health Code.  Specifically that he didn't report to the Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs his criminal record as required.

Here are the convictions not reported and his sentences in parentheses:
1992 Aggravated Assault (suspended jail sentence)
2012 Domestic Violence (sentenced to 4 days in jail)
2015 Disorderly Person (suspended jail sentence)
2015 Operating While Intoxicated (probation)

The report also includes comments from Gordon's wife describing how he beat her several times and put a gun to her head while she was sleeping.

Gordon's failure to report his criminal history could possibly lead to a license probation, license suspension or a fine. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Coercive Abortion Prevention Act passes Michigan Senate

By a vote of 26-11, the Michigan Senate passed the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (HB 4787) on May 25, 2016. All Senate Democrats and Republican Tory Rocca vote no while 26 Republicans voted yes.  This legislation now moves to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. 

H.B. 4787 adds to Michigan's current anti-extortion/coercion provisions by including coercion to abort as a specific crime. It will be illegal to coerce a woman to abort by threatening or actually committing the following actions: physical assault, withdrawing financial support, or terminating or otherwise violating a legal contract, destroying or concealing a passport or other identification, and threats to deport or arrest.                                       

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Abortion advocates go all out to support woman who tried to abort and then abandoned child who was born alive

Planned Parenthood and NARAL have been putting their weight behind an effort to free Purvi Patel.  Purvi Patel is a 35-year-old woman who was found guilty of feticide and neglect of a dependent after she attempted to use abortion pills to end the life of her 25-30 week unborn child in July of 2013.  Evidence showed the child was born alive and then Patel placed the child in a bag and put him in a dumpster outside her parent's restaurant (where he was found dead).  Authorities discovered the child after Patel went to hospital for treatment, claiming she had miscarried.  Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Patel is now appealing her conviction and pro-abortion organizations are standing behind her and misleading their members regarding the facts of the case.

Below are some examples of their online efforts to mislead their members into thinking a woman who abandoned her newborn child in dumpster is somehow innocent. 










For Planned Parenthood and NARAL defending infanticide shouldn't come as a huge surprise as the differences between abortion at late stages of pregnancy and infanticide are minimal. If people are horrified by Patel abandoning her newborn child at 25-30 weeks gestation in a dumpster, then shouldn't they also be horrified by late-term abortions where children are dismembered in the womb?  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Michigan’s long-term abortion decrease resumes in 2015

On May 18 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released their annual report on abortions in Michigan.

Abortions decreased 1.7 percent in 2015, down 44.7 percent from their high in 1987. Abortions performed on minors decreased 11.2 percent, down 78.7 percent since 1990. A total of 27,151 induced abortions were reported in Michigan.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “We would have liked to see a larger decrease, but these numbers represent almost 500 lives saved, which everyone should celebrate.”

 Abortion numbers increased in Michigan in 2013 and 2014. It’s likely that much of those increases were due to failures to follow state reporting requirements in previous years. Michigan updated abortion clinic regulations in 2012, causing several clinics to close, at least one of which was known to be not reporting abortion numbers. Women are now going to clinics more likely to follow state reporting laws.

In debates over Michigan’s Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act in 2013, abortion supporters claimed that legislation would prevent women from using insurance to pay for abortions. The law protected conscience rights of individuals by preventing them from being forced to pay for abortions though Obamacare health exchanges.

In 2012, there were 739 abortions in Michigan paid for by insurance. In 2015, there were 1,538 paid for by insurance, more than double the number.

Listing said, “As usual, the exaggerated rhetoric of abortion advocates proved to be completely detached from reality.”

In 2015 abortion rates declined, as well as the abortion ratios, meaning a higher percentage of women chose life for their children. Abortion numbers for Michigan residents and out-of-state residents both declined, ending the recent surge in women traveling to Michigan to have abortions.

The average age of women who have abortions continued its long-term increase. There was little change in the number of repeat abortions in 2015, 50.1 percent of abortions in Michigan were repeat abortions, 24.8 percent of women were having their third abortion or more.

Listing said, “Nobody talks about the fact that a majority of abortions are repeat abortions. Why are so few addressing this problem?”

There are hopes that abortions will continue to decline if Michigan can finally complete the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act this term. A significant number of women are coerced or pressured into having abortions.

Listing said, “Despite claiming to be champions of choice, the abortion industry has an incentive to ignore this problem; they deny it even exists. They won’t address it, so we will.”

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Supreme Court decision a win for the Little Sisters of the Poor, Right to Life of Michigan

On May 16 the U.S. Supreme Court reached an 8-0 decision in Zubik v. Burwell. Several organizations are suing the Obama Administration over the Department of Health and Human Service's contraceptive mandate. The most notable organization represented in Zubik was the Catholic religious order Little Sisters of the Poor.

The decision was described in many media reports as a “punt,” since the Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower courts for the parties to reach a final accommodation. The decision is a temporary victory, however, because it forbids the Obama Administration from enforcing crippling fines against organizations who don’t comply with the HHS Mandate.

The mandate was a dictate by the Obama Administration requiring employers to cover contraceptives and sterilizations as “preventative health services.” The Obamacare law requires all preventative services to be covered by health insurance plans for free. A few of the contraception options required to be covered can potentially cause abortions, including common forms of emergency contraception. The HHS Mandate was not part of the law itself as passed by lawmakers in Congress.

Right to Life of Michigan filed a separate suit in federal court against the Obama Administration over the HHS Mandate, but the case was dismissed by a federal judge after several delays. Right to Life of Michigan takes no position on true contraceptives, but it’s wrong to force an organization dedicated to ending abortion to purchase insurance plans that include drugs that can cause abortions.

As the many cases worked their way through the system, the Obama Administration continued to assert that there was no acceptable way for them to accommodate the deeply held beliefs of the Little Sisters of the Poor or other organizations. The Supreme Court disagreed, however, and even the Obama Administration belatedly admitted that other options were available.

A similar case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., involved closely-held for-profit companies that objected to the HHS Mandate. Nonprofits organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor and Right to Life of Michigan were not included in that decision. By a 5-4 decision in Hobby Lobby the Supreme Court ruled that the Obama Administration violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in attempting to force Hobby Lobby to purchase contraceptives. Hobby Lobby’s owners objected to only potentially abortifacient forms of contraceptives and offered other forms of birth control coverage to employees.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Zubik asserted that the Court did not reach a decision on whether or not the HHS Mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act for nonprofits. Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia the fate of nonprofit organizations was in serious doubt. A potential 4-4 ruling would have left a patchwork of decisions in place depending on which circuit court district an organization was incorporated in.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

RLM applauds Governor Snyder for signing Rape Survivor Child Custody Act

Governor Snyder signed the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act into law on May 3. The new law helps prevent a rapist from gaining custody of a child. The law was included in a larger package of bills addressing domestic violence that Governor Snyder also signed.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "Half of women who become pregnant through rape don't have abortions and most of those women decide to keep their child. Michigan was not doing enough to protect women from their attackers in those circumstances."

Under old state law a parent whose child was conceived through sexual assault had to secure a conviction in order to terminate the attacker's parental rights. Rape convictions can be difficult to obtain because the evidence standard is "beyond a reasonable doubt." The new law changes that evidence standard for child custody hearings to "clear and convincing," the same standard in custody hearings applied to child abuse accusations.

The change received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Michigan Legislature. The Senate passed it unanimously and the House passed the final version 105-3.

Throughout 2015 Right to Life of Michigan aired television ads as part of the compassion project. The ads directly addressed the issue of rape and abortion through the stories of four women. One of those women, Shauna, was forced to choose between pursuing charges against her attacker and protecting custody of her daughter.

Right to Life of Michigan and prolife legislators began working on the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act after learning about this weakness in the court system.

Listing said, "A child deserves love and protection, not to be used as a bargaining chip for rapists to threaten their mothers and escape prosecution."

Shauna's story, which inspired the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, can be seen on Right to Life of Michigan's website here.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Prolife leaders from across Michigan meet in Lansing


Yesterday, April 27, about 300 leaders and volunteers from local affiliates throughout the state of Michigan met in Lansing for the annual Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Day.


Attendees were briefed about many prolife bills working their way through a tough legislative process at the State Capitol. Two of those bills would ban any exchange of money in connection with fetal tissue donations, and they passed the Michigan Senate 26-10 during Legislative Day!

Following the event and presentation by Sue Thayer, former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic, the crowd walked over to the State Capitol to encourage prolife representatives in the Michigan House.


Last week the Legislature completed work on the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, sending it to the governor, but many more bills need action soon.

For more information on current priorities and ways you can make a difference, visit our Action Center regularly.

For information on all pieces of prolife legislation we're working on, visit our state legislation page.

Michigan Senate passes bill to ban fetal tissue trafficking in Michigan

On April 27, 2016, the Michigan Senate voted 26-10 to pass SB 564 and 565.  These bills will prohibit the exchange of any form of compensation for fetal tissue or organs and provide penalties for those who engage in the trade of fetal tissue or organs for monetary or other forms of remuneration.

A Right to Life of Michigan spokeswoman said the legislation addresses a loophole in federal law that allows fetal tissue donors to charge a procurement fee of any amount. The state legislation allows women to donate aborted fetal tissue but not for a fee, said Genevieve Marnon, public affairs associate for Right to Life of Michigan.

“We’re simply codifying the policy that Planned Parenthood said it adopted” in October 2015, Marnon said.

Six months ago, national Planned Parenthood said it would no longer accept reimbursement of its costs for donating tissue for medical research.

“If it is truly about donated tissue, what is there to fear?” Marnon said. “Researchers should be happy that they no longer have to pay a procurement fee.”
FULL STORY

You can learn more about this legislation here. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

House panel investigates fetal organ trafficking

On April 20 the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives held a hearing titled “The Pricing of Fetal Tissue.”

Before the hearing the panel released documents showing how the tissue procurement company StemExpress would advertise their services as providing abortion businesses with “financial profits” and “financial benefits.” Selling fetal tissue for a profit is a federal crime.

Planned Parenthood has claimed that any dollars that changed hands over the aborted babies’ body parts were only reimbursements, which are allowed under federal law. The released documents and prior evidence however point to the tissue procurement company as doing practically all of the work associated with fetal organ harvesting.

The Planned Parenthood undercover videos repeatedly do show the abortion clinics willing to do the additional work of changing abortion procedures in order to harvest more intact organs. Changing procedures for the purpose of harvesting tissue is against the law, however.

Other issues brought up by the panel include potential HIPAA privacy law violations and improper informed consent practices.

The pro-abortion members of Congress on the panel—most of whom have received campaign donations from Planned Parenthood—began the hearing by trying to stonewall the proceedings and objecting to the documents provided. They also continued to falsely claim the Planned Parenthood undercover videos were fabrications.

 They defended harvesting the organs of aborted babies as medically necessary to save lives, while denying the abortion businesses were engaged in trafficking. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) at one point suggested that the panel continuing to investigate the issue would result in the death of children.

Abortion supporters seemed confused at two points during the hearing. Noted pro-abortion attorney Fay Clayton claimed the StemExpress brochure was only about adult tissue donations, despite the fact the brochure specifically mentioned “fetal” tissue multiple times. When confronted with this fact, Clayton claimed that somehow the profits mentioned on the brochure only referred to adult tissue. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said that the documents provided showed the abortion clinics actually had to do additional work to harvest the organs, justifying a reimbursement fee. It was pointed out to him, however, that the documents referred to the tissue procurement company, not the abortion clinic.

A new argument used to oppose the investigation was that there was an unrelated and unsuccessful investigation into fetal tissue trafficking in 2000. This argument attempts to attack the credibility of the undercover journalists who had nothing to do with an investigation 16 years ago. The lead undercover journalist, David Daleiden, would have been about 11 at the time.

Click here for a replay of the hearing.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Attorney General Schuette has filed lawsuit to close oldest abortion clinic in Michigan

Summit Women's Center abortion clinic
On April 7, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that he has filed a lawsuit to shut down the Summit Women’s Center abortion clinic in Detroit.  The abortion clinic has been operating illegal for nearly a year.  Summit Women’s Center is the oldest abortion clinic in the state of Michigan.

From the press release:
Summit Women’s Center provides medical services through Summit of Detroit, P.C., a professional corporation. But, in its May 2015 annual report to the state, Summit P.C. reported that David Lipton—not a licensed physician—was now Summit P.C.’s sole officer, director, and owner and that Summit P.C. had changed its corporate purpose to “management company,” which is not a lawful purpose for a professional corporation. The report also falsely certified that David Lipton was licensed to provide professional medical services.

The Attorney General is bringing this action to halt the clinic from providing medical care to patients at the Summit Women’s Center, to dissolve Summit P.C., and to investigate the possible fraudulent formation of Summit P.C.

Summit has been in the news before.  They hired abortionist Robert Alexander after his abortion clinic in Muskegon was closed by authorities and hired infamous abortionist Reginald Sharpe after his clinics were closed as well. 

Hillary Clinton says child has no constitutional rights hours before delivery

On April 5, 2016, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made an appearance on the television program The View.  During her talk with the shows co-hosts, Paula Faris asks Clinton if unborn children have constitutional rights on the day they are due to be born. 

You can read the transcript below and watch the video of Clinton’s comments.

FARIS: I want to ask you about some comments that you made over the weekend on ‘Meet the Press. ‘ You said, ‘The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.’ My question is at what point does someone have constitutional rights, and are you saying that a child, on its due date, just hours before delivery still has no constitutional rights?

CLINTON: Under our law that is the case, Paula. I support Roe v. Wade because I think it is an important — an important statement about the importance of a woman making this most difficult decision with consultation by whom she chooses: her doctor, her faith, her family. And under the law and under certainly that decision, that is the way we structure it.”




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Right to Life coalition supports Ted Cruz for Republican primaries

National Right to Life--a coalition of prolife groups in 50 states including Right to Life of Michigan--announced on April 5 their support for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican presidential primaries.

As solicitor general of Texas, Ted Cruz helped lead states in defending partial-birth abortion bans and parental notification for abortion laws before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ted Cruz has a 100 percent prolife voting record as scored by National Right to Life.

Ted Cruz has promised to defund Planned Parenthood, protect the conscience rights of prolife citizens, and appoint judges who follow the U.S. Constitution.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "The field has been narrowed, yet many prolife people still have an important choice to make. I encourage prolife voters to ask themselves which candidate has a proven prolife track record and is most likely to defeat Hillary Clinton in November."

In the last few days Cruz's main competitor for the nomination, Donald Trump, has made several unclear and contradictory statements about his opposition to abortion.

Both candidates running in the Democratic primaries--current frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders--support abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy, paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Listing said, "There is a clear contrast in where the candidates stand on life. With the U.S. Supreme Court hanging in the balance, the stakes for the unborn are very high."

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FDA relaxes chemical abortion rules to match desires of abortion providers

On March 30, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration altered its guidelines for using the drug Mifeprex (also known as mifepristone or RU-486) for an abortion. 

Previous guidelines called for the drug to be used in the first 49 days of pregnancy, that women should take three trips to the abortion provider and 3 tablets of 200 mgs of Mifeprex be used.  The new guidelines extend the time the drug can be used to 70 days, reduce the number of visits to the abortion provider to two and the number of 200 mg tablets of Mifreprex to one.  

The FDA’s previous web page on Mifeprex also mentioned how several women had died from sepsis caused by the bacteria Clostridium sordellii after undergoing chemical abortions.  The updated web page no longer has this information on it. 

The new guidelines also allow for non-physicians (such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners and midwives) to provide chemical abortions as being a physician is not one of their guidelines. 

For years, abortion providers have been doing chemical abortions and ignoring the FDA guidelines.  In response to these abortionists, some states passed legislation requiring abortionists to follow the FDA guidelines and now the FDA has altered their guidelines to match how abortionists have been using Mifeprex. 

According to the FDA's 2011 adverse events report, at least 14 women have died after taking the chemical abortion drugs.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

David LaGrand was “emphatically pro-life.” Now he opposes legislation to prevent women from being coerced into abortion

HB 4787 is commonsense legislation which will make it illegal to coerce a woman into an abortion against her will. This is a legislation both prolifers and those in favor of legal abortion should favor. If you claim to be “pro-choice,” shouldn’t you be in favor of making it illegal to coerce a woman into abortion?       

And yet, 43 members of the Michigan House voted no on this legislation on March 24, 2016, including recently elected Representative David LaGrand.

LaGrand wasn’t always in favor of legal abortion. When LaGrand ran for Michigan State Senate in 2006, he identified as a “pro-life Democrat.” When he ran for State Senate again in 2010, he met Right to Life of Michigan PAC’s endorsement criteria along with his opponent in that race, current State Senator David Hildenbrand.  LaGrand was also endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan PAC when he ran for and won a seat on the Grand Rapids City Commission in 2007. 

In 2006, David LaGrand did at least two interviews in which he elaborated on being a prolife Democrat.  In the October 6, 2006 issue of the Calvin Chimes (the student paper at Calvin College), LaGrand said he was “emphatically pro-life” and that the “pro-choice position” of the Democratic Party “doesn’t limit it.”  He also discussed his faith and said, “Most Calvinists and reformers are pro-life, and I am too.”  The Christian Reformed Church has a prolife position on abortion which “calls believers to speak out against the atrocity of abortion, to promote action and legislation that reflect the teaching of Scripture regarding the sanctity of human life.”

In an interview posted on April 20, 2006 on the Michigan Liberal blog, LaGrand said, “Now, I am pro-life, and my Christian commitment holds me to that.”

What happened to the 2006-2010 version of David LaGrand? That guy claimed his “family and faith taught (him) the sanctity of human life” and promised to “defend those who can’t defend themselves.” 

The 2016 version of David LaGrand is voting against legislation to stop women from being coerced into abortion. Maybe the 2006-2010 version of David LaGrand is still around.  Maybe he’ll come back someday.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

What does an abortion procedure look like?

The prolife group Live Action released videos last month detailing how abortion procedures are performed as well as an interview with Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist who performed over 1,200 abortions. 

These videos are very informational and show video illustrations of the abortion procedure while Dr. Levatino explains it. These videos are featured on AbortionProcedures.com and Dr. Levatino explains a D&E (Dilation and Evacuation) abortion, aspiration abortion, the abortion pill, and induction abortion. He also answers questions regarding his work as an abortionist.

Many women aren't aware of what takes place during an abortion procedure and view it as an easy solution. However, with 31 million views more and more people are realizing how violent abortions are and that they aren't an easy, painless solution. People have commented on the abortion procedure videos saying that they have made them rethink abortion.

Legislation to ban the D&E abortion procedure shown in one of the videos has been introduced in Michigan.

We encourage you to view these videos, learn more about the abortion procedure and share them with your friends and family. Too often the abortion industry hides behind the truth, but now we have the chance to expose the truth to others!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Mother's Day and Father's Day Prayer Cards Now Available

Prayer Cards for Mother's and Father's Day

These 2.75" x 4.25" colorful prayer cards include a prayer for all mothers and fathers on the back. They make a great handout on Mother's/Father's Day or a special insert for a Mother's/Father's Day card.

Visit our online catalog and order your prayer cards today for Mother's Day(May 8, 2016) and Father's Day (June 19, 2016). Supplies are limited.


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