Below are some pictures from this great event.
|Testing youth knowledge on life with quiz boards|
|Talking about life|
|Youth Day Volunteers|
|Testing youth knowledge on life with quiz boards|
|Talking about life|
|Youth Day Volunteers|
|Operating room in Alexander's clinic (via MLive.com)|
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.’”