Thursday, November 20, 2014

Infographic contest challenges prolife youth to boldly stand for life

Are you a student, creative, prolife and looking for a way to showcase your talent? Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund is sponsoring the 2015 Sanctity of Human Life Youth Infographic Contest for high school and college-aged Michigan youth.    

Contenders who create and submit an original prolife infographic by Friday, January 2, 2015, can participate in the contest. Contestants compete in two divisions based on age, 13 to 17 and 18 to 22. The winner of the 13 to 17 division will win $300, and the winner of the 18 to 22 division will win $500.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "I want to encourage prolife youth to use their creative talent to promote the sanctity of human life. This contest is an incentive for Michigan students to boldly take a stand for life. At the same time, the infographic submissions will be used to educate others on the precious gift of human life."  
An infographic is a graphic or visual representation of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. All submissions for this contest must feature a theme which reflects "the reality of 42 years of legalized abortion."

Learn more about the 2015 Sanctity of Human Life Youth Infographic Contest.

Michigan suspends abortionist Robert Alexander’s license

On November 19, Michigan’s Board of Medicine Disciplinary Subcommittee suspended the medical license of abortionist Robert Alexander for 6 months.  In order to get his license back, Alexander will have to pay a $75,000 fine and petition the state, something he says he won’t do.  For years, Alexander ran abortion clinics in various locations across Michigan until his clinic in Muskegon was shut down by local authorities. 

WOOD TV8 was there to cover the ruling and interview Alexander who was caught lying on a number of issues.  Alexander again attempted to blame prolife people for the horrid conditions of his abortion clinic.  
Alexander’s latest troubles first came to light in December 2012 after a reported break-in at Women’s Medical Services Clinic.

Inside, the city found blood on the floor and walls, uncovered buckets of unidentified fluids in the operating room area, blood dripping from a sink p-trap in a patient room, biohazard bags on the floor and closets, unsecured containers of used hypodermic needles, unsecured medication and patient records scattered around the office, according to records.

Alexander at first told the state that Right to Life activists had broken in and caused the damage. He later blamed the former employee. He claimed the bloody instruments had been left behind by another doctor. He also said he was bipolar and blamed his condition for the mess.

FULL STORY

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Planned Parenthood will close Ionia clinic

Planned Parenthood has decided to close its clinic in Ionia, Michigan. The clinic did not provide abortions but did do abortion referrals. In the article, Planned Parenthood cites a dramatic decrease in clients as a reason for the closing. They also curiously claim “decreased funding” as a reason for closing while at the same time mentioning a fundraising campaign which raised more than $4 million. 

Planned Parenthood is America’s leading abortion provider.

FULL STORY

LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S ABORTION AGENDA

Reported Abortions Increase for 2013

One Dynamic: Clinic Law Increases Accountability

Data released by the Michigan Department of Community Health showed a 12.4 percent increase in the number of reported abortions performed in 2013. The total number of abortions performed rose from 23,230, to 26,120. While the increased numbers are tragic, they are not unexpected and have predicted explanations. A law passed in 2012 requiring abortion clinics to be licensed caused 5 abortion clinics to close in the early months of 2013. The location of those closed clinics corresponds with the four counties (Muskegon, Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland) that showed substantial increases in abortions, accounting for the increase in the number of reported abortions.

Those closed abortion businesses were suspected of violating the state reporting law. As those abortion businesses closed, their clients went to other abortion businesses; previously unreported abortions may be reported now. There was also a shocking 44.4 percent increase in late-term abortions (after 20 weeks), which may be attributed to better reporting and an influx of women from Ohio after abortion businesses in Toledo closed.

In Muskegon, Right to Life of Michigan identified anomalies in past abortion data. The sole abortion business in Muskegon was not reporting abortions for two years prior to being shut down for dangerous conditions. It is suspected that women from Muskegon County are now traveling to other abortion businesses that follow state reporting laws. Metro Detroit may be experiencing something similar, four clinics from that area closed in 2013 following passage of the Prolife Omnibus Act (PA 499). 

The numbers could reflect an actual increase in abortions, possibly due to the especially difficult economic times Detroit is facing as the city undergoes bankruptcy. About 29 percent of the 2013 increase was reported in Detroit, despite the city having only 7 percent of the state's population. Abortion continues to disproportionately devastate the black community, with more than 50 percent of all abortions being performed on black women, even though they are only 16 percent of the female population. Recent media coverage showing Detroit’s maternal death rate at triple the national rate proves that abortion fails to improve women’s health.

The trend of declining abortions committed on girls under the age of 18 continued. That number dropped to under 1,000 for the first time ever. In 2012, 1,035 minor abortions were reported. The reported figure of 971 in 2013 represents another 6 percent decrease. Since 1990, abortions among minors has fallen 75 percent.

Whether it is real increases or better tracking, we are deeply saddened by the loss of those additional 2,900 precious lives. While the overall trend of decreasing abortions is encouraging, this year’s increase and the annual overall numbers serves as a reminder that our prolife efforts must continue, because lives depend on us.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2015 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) Bulletin Inserts

Our 2015 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday bulletin inserts are now available for $7/100.

These 5.5" x 8.5" full color glossy bulletin inserts (as seen below) featuring a prolife prayer are perfect for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday church services, prolife gatherings and events.


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Being Prolife Pays Off at the Polls

Because of the selfless work of prolife people, the 2014 midterm election saw 86% of candidates endorsed by the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee win their races, a historic result. Highlights include 100 percent of the endorsed candidates for the U.S. House and Michigan Senate winning their races, as well as 90 percent of endorsed Michigan House candidates.

The top of the ticket did well, including returning prolife Bill Schuette to the important office of Michigan attorney general for four more years. We have elected prolife people who share our values.

Despite huge cash infusions from teacher unions and the efforts of paid election workers, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan endorsed candidates fared poorly, winning only 46% of their races. Planned Parenthood routinely downplays their commitment to abortion, but Michigan voters were not fooled and returned solid prolife majorities to the Michigan Legislature.

Prolife volunteers, working hard for free, made a difference in key races, some of which were decided by less than 100 votes. Before the election, Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson begrudgingly recognized the unique success Right to Life of Michigan has with elections and legislation in the column, "How Right to Life keeps winning in Michigan."

Right to Life of Michigan is a grassroots organization that depends on the work of affiliates and volunteers across the state. You are Right to Life of Michigan. Thank you for your efforts this election season!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Brittany Maynard commits suicide, Michigan has chosen the alternative

Sadly, Brittany Maynard  recently ended her life after receiving lethal drugs through Oregon's assisted suicide law.  

In Michigan, assisted suicide is illegal.  Legalizing assisted suicide really puts the decision of who lives and who dies into the hands of physicians to decide who gets the lethal drugs and who does not. This means the state is granting authority to doctors to decide who is worthy to die.  Legalizing assisted suicide, but not providing treatments, like we have seen in Oregon with patients being denied cancer treatment, but will have their suicide drugs paid for, means those states are not serving the best interests of patients.

The issu
e of assisted suicide has largely disappeared in Michigan because of our state's aggressive work on pain management education and access to hospice care.  Michigan has chosen the alternative to assisted suicide. 


Brittany Maynard, the cancer patient who received national attention over her plan to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law on November 1 has taken her own life. That’s despite the fact that cancer patients and pro-life groups have tried to talk her out of the decision.


The Portland Oregonian newspaper first reported that Brittany died Sunday afternoon after taking her own life with legally-prescribed lethal drugs. People magazine confirmed her death an hour later in a news report.


FULL STORY

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Union money funneled to Planned Parenthood's pro-abortion super PAC in Michigan

Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in America and in order to keep abortion as unrestricted as possible, they work to elect pro-abortion candidates on local, state and national levels.  In Michigan, Planned Parenthood does election activities through two political action committees.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan basically gives money to pro-abortion candidates and does a few mailings on behalf of those candidates. They received around $50,000 so far this year from individuals.

Michigan Planned Parenthood Votes is their new super PAC which was just formed in August of 2014.  According to their October quarterly report, they basically have only 1 major donor. That donor is America Votes Action Fund which is located in Washington, D.C. and gave them $425,000 this cycle after the August primary of the $430,100 direct contributions they've received.  The majority of Planned Parenthood's Super PAC money has been used to pay the canvassers $12 an hour to go door to door for pro-abortion candidates.  Other funds have been used for what appear to be mailing pieces and robocalls.

According to OpenSecrets.com, America Votes Action Fund gets it funds from a variety of left wing groups.  Below are their leading donors.



As you can see, it is largely union money. The two top donors are the National Education Association (which gave $735,000) and American Federation of Teachers (which gave $655,000).

So union money goes to America Votes Action Fund and then gets dispersed to various state level groups, some of which have nothing to do with unions (such as Planned Parenthood) except for their Democratic Party leanings. 

Every member of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers should be made aware their unions are contributing money to another organization which then funnels that money to pro-abortion groups with the sole goal of electing pro-abortion legislators. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New pro-abortion book uses same, old language to dehumanize the unborn

Mollie Hemingway reviews Katha Pollitt's new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, and finds her arguments in favor of abortion are as old as they come. 
Her first argument begins with a decidedly retro dehumanizing of children in utero as a clump of cells. She even uses the phrase “clump of cells” in the book. Also: a “stray sperm,” “homunculus,” a “zygote/embryo/fetus,” “a fertilized egg or lentil-sized embryo,” a “fertilized egg or pea-sized shrimplike embryo,” “the sex that conceived.” Ultrasound images of children in the womb are “really just a gray blur” and “fuzzy, high-tech smudges” that she compares to photos of the Loch Ness Monster. Stunning documentary images of pregnancies are misleading because an “embryo the size of a lime is made to look as large as a toddler.”

FULL STORY

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WOODTV covers trial of abortionist Robert Alexander, interviews one of his victims

Last night, WOODTV continued their investigative series on Michigan abortionist Robert Alexander by reporting on his recent trial in front of an administrative law judge as well as interviewing a woman who lost her ability to have children because of Alexander.

The Muskegon County woman said she saw Alexander in 2011 when she was 31 because she believed she was pregnant. She said the doctor gave her two pills and then performed a procedure. She’s still not sure she was really pregnant, she said, or what kind of procedure he performed.

Not long after that, she was bleeding badly, she said. She went to the emergency room and had to undergo surgery and get a blood transfusion.

“He damaged my cervix that bad and damaged my uterus and everything else inside, and things aren’t the same at all,” she said. “Because of him and his poor practices, his bad procedures, I can no longer have children, and I have none at all, so I don’t get any.”

She is considering adoption.

“It sucks every time I go to the grocery store and I see someone playing with their kids, buying their kids something; every time I go to the beach, see them playing with their kids; anytime I go to the mall, see someone buying their kids stuff,” she said. “Yeah, it hurts. It hurts.”


FULL STORY

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Celebrate the lives saved by the Hyde Amendment on its 38th anniversary

Today is the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment. Despite being a main target for many years of abortion advocates, it's been re-approved by Congress every year. It prevents federal tax dollars from directly paying for most abortions. Preventing federal tax dollars from paying for abortion save lives, millions of lives.  

A similar law in Michigan saved approximately 10,000 lives the first year it was in effect.  Case in point: In 1988, Michigan tax dollars were used to pay for abortions until December 11, 1988.  There were 46,747 reported abortions in Michigan in 1988.  Michigan had a reported abortion ratio (the number of abortions for every 1,000 live births) of 334.8 and a reported abortion rate (the number of abortions occurring in Michigan per 1,000 Michigan women aged 15-44) of 21.0. 

In 1989, these numbers changed dramatically as our Michigan tax dollars were no longer paying for abortions.  Reported abortions dropped by more than 10,000 to 36,557.  The abortion ratio dropped to 246.7 and the abortion rate dropped to 16.5.  In 1989, the number of live births also rose by 8,529 compared to 1988.

If ending tax funded abortions in Michigan saved 10,000 lives in one year, imagine how many lives 38 years of the Hyde Amendment (which effects the whole nation) has saved. 

Today is a day to celebrate the millions of lives saved by the Hyde Amendment and continue in our efforts to uphold the sanctity of human life. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Start With Life film is exciting, new resource for churches

Start With Life is a thought-provoking short film about the battle of maintaining and advancing respect for human life. The spectrum of life comes alive with the visual images and scenes to which we can all relate. Deep down we know we must Start With Life.



Every person is equal under the law, and at crucial points in our country's history, this idea has given our nation a hope and vitality unlike any other on earth. Every new generation has had to come to terms with how to put this idea into practice.

Help others Start With Life. This film will remind them of ways they can join the battle of protecting the unalienable right to life. Every human being bears the image of God and is deserving of protection.

To show the 2-minute 22-second Start With Life film to your church, study group, organization or ministry, please contact Right to Life of Michigan at info@rtl.org or by calling the Right to Life of Michigan State Central Office at 616-532-2300.

The film is also available for viewing from the Right to Life of Michigan YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/rtlmich

Monday, September 22, 2014

Judge finds Michigan abortionist "failed to adhere to the most minimal standards of cleanliness"

For years, abortionist Robert Alexander ran a filthy abortion clinic in Muskegon and his clinic was only shut down when authorities investigated a break-in at the clinic and discovered the horrific conditions.  Now, Alexander is on the brink of losing his medical license after a September hearing exposed his practices.   

Operating room at Alexander's clinic via MLive
After the hearing, Administrative Law Judge Shawn Downey issued a proposal for decision which did not look too kindly on former Muskegon abortionist Robert Alexander's excuses for his closed abortion clinic's disgusting state. Alexander blamed his staff, contractors, and his landlord for the mess. Alexander even accused prolifers of breaking into his clinic and creating months of general filth overnight.

Judge Downey found that Alexander was not a credible witness and noted that the filthy conditions at the clinic had been there for an extended time according to Alexander's previous employees. 

He also found that the Bureau of Health Care Service proved Alexander is guilty of both negligence and incompetence under Michigan's Public Health Code.  The Michigan Board of Medicine will now decide how to discipline Alexander. 

PDF OF DOWNEY'S PROPOSAL FOR DECISION 

HT: LifeNews

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Safe, legal and rare" is out and the abortion absolutists are in

At the Gospel Coalition, Trevin Wax discusses the "New Abortion Absolutists" and how certain abortion advocates have moved away from the "safe, legal and rare" mantra and are now embracing arguments attempting to eliminate the social stigma attached to abortion. 

Why leave behind words like “rare” and “tragic?” Because speaking of abortion this way lends credence to the pro-life position that there is something wrong with ”terminating a pregnancy.” If the abortion-rights agenda is to succeed, then, abortion must be de-stigmatized. And nothing will remove the stigma from abortion faster than making it common and celebrated......

The agenda for abortion absolutists is clear. We must dispense with the mystery and gravitas surrounding a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy. It is time to talk frankly about the abortion procedure as if it were just a normal part of a woman’s range of reproductive health choices.

FULL STORY

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Government study shows how disconnected Congressman Gary Peters is from reality of abortion and Obamacare

Michigan deserves better 

 

The Government Accountability Office released a study which confirms tax dollars are being used to subsidize abortion in Obamacare. The study shows that elective abortion coverage in the vast majority of plans studied "is not subject to any restrictions, limitations, or exclusions."

After the passage of Obamacare, prolife people and members of Congress feared their tax dollars and insurance premiums would be used to pay for elective abortions in Obamacare. These concerns were routinely dismissed by the Obama administration and abortion advocates like Congressman Gary Peters.

After voting against legislation which would have prevented tax dollars from being used to subsidize abortion coverage, Congressman Gary Peters issued a press release which claimed "the fact remains that taxpayer dollars are not used for abortions" and "(t)here have been GAO audits...(that) have concluded that the law of the land is being obeyed. No federal funds are being used for abortions" and the legislation is "completely unnecessary."

The GAO has now released a study showing concerns were completely valid regarding tax dollars being used to subsidize abortion in Obamacare. The GAO study also shows that Congressman Peters was completely wrong.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "Michigan deserves better than politicians who blindly and thoughtlessly stand behind an administration willing to mislead so many people. Abortion funding could have easily been removed from Obamacare. Politicians like Gary Peters voted against those straight-forward bills." 

The GAO study can be found at the following web address:
Gary Peters' Press Release from October 13, 2011 can be found here:
 http://www.peters.house.gov/common/popup/popup.cfm?action=item.print&itemID=435

GAO study affirms necessity of Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

Over the summer of 2013, prolife citizens of Michigan initiated legislation to opt-out Michigan from using our tax dollars and insurance premiums to pay for abortions by collecting more than 300,00 signatures from registered voters.

A new study from the Government Accountability Office reaffirms the necessity of their actions and Michigan's law by finding the vast majority of insurance plans in their study aren't separating the cost of abortion insurance from the rest of the insurance as President Obama promised in an executive order.
The Government Accountability Office said in a report released late Monday that only 1 of 18 insurers it reviewed was separately itemizing a charge for coverage of elective abortions on enrollees' bills.

That detail is important because the original compromise that President Barack Obama sealed with anti-abortion Democrats stipulated that no federal funds would be used to pay for elective abortions.

This study proves that insurance companies which include the standard coverage of abortion aren't separating the costs of covering abortion from the rest of the insurance premium just as prolife people had feared.  

The study also proves a number of opponents of the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act were clearly wrong to attack the motives and sincerity of prolifers. 

Speaking in opposition to the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act on December 11, 2013, State Senator Gretchen Whitmer claimed prolife concerns about Obamacare paying abortions were false.
"They told the public this was about preventing Obamacare from paying for abortions. Bull." 
On the same day, State Senator Bert Johnson claimed, 
"The Affordable Care Act includes a mechanism to ensure that public funds are not used to perform elective abortions and includes language reinforcing the Hyde Amendment."
State Representative Kate Segal also claimed prolifers were lying about concerns of tax dollars being used to subsidize abortions in her testimony. 
I am ashamed that the supporters of this proposal can’t be bothered with facts – repeating the bold-faced lie that their tax dollars are somehow being used for abortions, despite the fact that the federal Hyde Amendment has banned tax dollars from being spent on elective abortions since 1977 and that Michigan law already does so, as well.
State Senator Whitmer, State Senator Johnson and State Representative Segal owe apologies to prolife people of Michigan for attacking them and their motives when they clearly were uninformed about Obamacare, the Hyde Amendment and whether tax dollars would be used to subsidize abortions.

Abortion ends the life of a human being preparing to be born.  This fact is the reason why prolife people do not want their tax dollars and insurance premiums used for abortions.  When will President Obama keep the promise he made in his executive order?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The trial of abortionist Robert Alexander

by Genevieve Marnon, Right to Life of Michigan Public Affairs Associate

Operating room in Alexander's clinic (via MLive.com)
Last week the notorious abortionist Robert Alexander was on trial in front of an administrative law judge because of allegations of incompetency and negligence stemming from the closure of his Muskegon clinic in December of 2012 by the fire marshal. On behalf of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs an assistant attorney general laid out a stunning amount of evidence and expert witness testimony detailing the egregious conditions that were uncovered during an investigation of a break-in at Alexander's clinic on Dec. 26, 2012.

Those who have followed Alexander's career weren't surprised to hear the allegations, but even seasoned investigators seemed distressed by the dozens of health and safety violations which were found at the clinic.  The prosecution presented 87 photos showing used needles on the ground, unsterilized surgical tools, rusty equipment, biohazard bags stacked up in procedure rooms, unsecured patient files, buckets of fluid containing 
“fleshy” substances and dozens of fire hazards.

When it came time for Alexander's testimony, he rambled and preached from the stand and had to be reprimanded several times to “just answer the question.”  He dodged and obfuscated questions and contradicted himself repeatedly. He even went on to describe his long standing bi-polar disorder and suggested that he should be excused from the allegations because of the American's with Disabilities Act.

When asked about his competency in the face of the overwhelming evidence against him, Alexander claimed prolife extremists broke in and staged the scene.  He then blamed his employee and her husband for not cleaning as they had been contracted to do.  Finally, he claimed the deplorable conditions existed because he was in the process of closing his clinic and the procedure room in question was simply being used for storage.

The expert witnesses disagreed with all accusations by Alexander that the scene had been staged and were able to show the conditions found at the clinic demonstrated a history of negligence.

It took the judge only one week to determine Alexander was guilty of both negligence and incompetence.  Now it is up to the Board of Medicine to take the judge's opinion into consideration as it decides whether Alexander's license will be revoked and what other sanctions will be placed on him. The Board Review will take place on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Put prolife values first when voting

 by Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing

“Why do you have to get involved in politics?” That’s a question I get from people who disagree with our endorsement of candidates. It’s a fair question. Many citizens are unhappy with their elected officials, feeling they are unresponsive or once elected change their positions. We needed to be actively engaged in vetting and supporting candidates because that is one way to impact the abortion culture. Prolife bills need to be passed; pro-abortion bills need to be defeated. That only happens when men and women with prolife values are sent to Lansing and Washington D.C.

We must always protect the most defenseless members of our human family. A vital way of protecting others is through our political action activities. Certainly our counterparts, the pro-abortion alliance of Planned Parenthood, NOW, Emily’s List and others, are actively recruiting and financially supporting pro-abortion candidates. What would happen if we refused to engage and left our prolife candidates without any support?

Our nation’s policy of abortion on demand touches us all whether directly or indirectly. We all know women and families who have been heartbroken over abortion. The loss of so many children has affected our state and national institutions and policies, from school closings to social security concerns.

Think about this scripture passage from Psalms: “You have rocked the country and split it open; repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering.”

We are called to repair the wrongs created through the U.S. Supreme Court abortion decisions which have caused so much harm and suffering. We do that through education and outreach. We do that through political action by endorsing and supporting prolife candidates. We do that by then lobbying those prolife legislators to enact protective laws. Every life has meaning; so does every vote. Let us put our prolife values first when voting. Make your vote count in repairing the cracks.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Obama Administration will continue lawsuit against Little Sisters of the Poor

It looks like the Obama Administration may still be in court against the Little Sisters of the Poor, after slightly amending the HHS Mandate following a loss at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The government is still trying to force the nuns to either violate their deeply held religious convictions or pay crippling fines to the IRS.

“Religious ministries in these cases serve tens of thousands of Americans, helping the poor and homeless and healing the sick. The Little Sisters of the Poor alone serve more than ten thousand of the elderly poor. These charities want to continue following their faith. They want to focus on ministry—such as sharing their faith and serving the poor—without worrying about the threat of massive IRS penalties,” said Adele Keim, Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters.

FULL STORY

Friday, August 15, 2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle editorial board needs to learn how to do some basic research

Even though the No Taxes for Abortion Insurance petition drive received countless pages of press, some media outlets seem to have forgotten much of what happened.  In an editorial regarding petition drives and the Michigan legislature, the editorial board of the Traverse City Record-Eagle wrote this:

In December, lawmakers approved controversial citizen-initiated abortion insurance legislation. The petition drive was organized by Right to Life of Michigan. Instead of letting the issue go to the ballot — which is supposedly what Right to Life was petitioning for — the Legislature chose to enact the law, preventing voters from having a say. That move also put Gov. Rick Snyder, who had earlier vetoed similar legislation, out of the loop.   

If the members of the Record-Eagle had done a minute or two of research (or maybe even taken the time to call a Right to Life of Michigan office), they would know that Right to Life of Michigan was not “supposedly” petitioning for the citizen-initiated abortion insurance legislation to go to the ballot.  In fact, Right to Life of Michigan lobbied the state legislature to vote on it in a timely fashion so that it would become law as soon as possible. 

For the Record-Eagle to claim the opposite shows a complete lack of research, most likely from a desire to fit our petition drive into the narrative of their editorial.  If the editorial board of the Record-Eagle had even taken the time to search their own archives of articles they would have found this article from December 2013 which notes Right to Life of Michigan “applauded” legislators for passing the law. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT MICHIGAN'S ABORTION INSURANCE OPT-OUT LEGISLATION

Recent study show how prolife laws save lives

Michael New, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has new research published in State Politics & Policy Quarterly which shows how various prolife laws help to decrease abortion rates. 

The findings pertain mainly to public funding restrictions, parental involvement laws, informed consent laws, and how legal status of abortion affects the incidence of abortion.

Those advocating pro-life laws take note: The results indicate that public funding restrictions reduce abortion rates 10 percent to 15 percent......

Regarding parental involvement laws, all of the 19 peer-reviewed studies analyzing the impact of parental involvement laws on abortion rates of minors showed a statistically significant decline ranging from 13 percent to 42 percent in the in-state abortion rate for minors, with most of the in-state minors’ abortion rate decline being in the 15 percent to 20 percent range.


FULL STORY

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lansing abortion clinic has 2 months to move or close for good after church leases space

In news that prolifers will cheer, a Lansing abortion clinic will be forced to move or close after a local church leased space in the building which currently houses the clinic. 

Lansing’s Church of the Resurrection this fall will take over space on East Grand River Avenue occupied by a women’s health clinic that provides abortions.

Resurrection will lease 4,100 square feet at 1601 E. Grand River Ave. beginning Oct. 1, said the Rev. Steve Mattson, pastor of the Catholic church located at 1531 E. Michigan Ave. That will force WomanCare of Lansing, currently housed in a suite there, to close or move.

FULL STORY

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TODAY show features story on what babies are doing in the womb

This morning, the TODAY show featured a segment on what unborn children are doing in the womb including pointing out how children can learn in the womb.

Little ones spend nine months growing in the womb and what they experience in there is still a bit of a mystery. It’s hard for doctors to test what babies are doing and learning as they hang out inside mom.

But new studies are offering intriguing clues.

Life in the womb is much busier than you might expect, said Dr. Bill Fifer, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and a leading expert on fetal and newborn learning.

FULL STORY


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pro-abortion college professor pleads no contest after stealing prolife sign, assaulting teen

Mireille Miller-Young has plead no contest to various charges after she stole a prolife sign and assaulted a prolife teen attempting to retrieve the sign. 

University of California at Santa Barbara Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young was charged with one count each of grand theft, vandalism and battery in connection to the March 4 incident involving 16-year-old Thrin Short, her older sister, Joan, and other pro-life activists who were holding signs in a free speech zone on the campus when the professor went berserk.

Miller-Young, who remains employed by the university, and her attorney, Catherine Swysen, did not respond to requests for comment. The charges reportedly carry the possibility of jail time, but sources close to the matter say Miller-Young is likely to be ordered to pay a fine, perform community and undergo counseling when she’s sentenced on Aug. 14.

FULL STORY