Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our society’s split personality when it comes to unborn children

What are the unborn?

That is the central question to the debate over abortion. Prolife people recognize the unborn as human beings who deserve to be protected by law while those who favor legal abortion often argue the unborn are something less than human. Those in the mushy middle of the abortion debate often seesaw between being uncomfortable with abortion and being uncomfortable with strong restrictions on abortion. Many members of our society often have a split personality when it comes to how the unborn should be treated and our society’s laws often reflect this way of thinking.

Michigan and many other states around the country recognize the killing of an unborn child as murder, as long as the child is “wanted” and the person killing the child isn’t an abortionist. When someone besides an abortionist, like an angry boyfriend, kills or attempts to kill a child in the womb, they face the full force of the law. There are numerous examples of this phenomenon in the span of less than a week.

In late April 2011, Dominic Holt-Reid pleads guilty to attempted murder in Ohio after he tried to force his girlfriend to get an abortion at gunpoint. He faces up to 10 years in jail for trying to kill his child while still in the womb.

In California, a woman was charged with murder after an altercation led to the death of her aunt’s unborn child. Nieshia Johnson allegedly kneed her pregnant aunt in the stomach several times. Her aunt later miscarried and the cause of the child’s death was “determined to be premature delivery of the fetus, due to blunt force trauma.”

In Minnesota, a truck driver has been charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter for killing two women and an unborn child when he drove full speed into a traffic jam because he was allegedly reaching down to grab something to drink.

In all of these cases, the unborn child is treated just like any other human being. Yet if these same children were killed by an abortionist, no charges could even be considered because seven Supreme Court justices ruled in favor of legal abortion in Roe v. Wade and overturned abortion laws and regulations in all 50 states.

While the science of embryology confirms unborn children are living human beings, our schizophrenic laws treat some of them as valuable human beings worthy of legal protection and some of them as biological waste, all depending on who does the killing. Sadly, many people are comfortable with this situation.

As prolifers we need to stress the inherent value of each and every unborn child. Value doesn’t vary based on how a child is killed, who does the killing or if the child is wanted by her parents or not.

Be a voice for the vulnerable. For more educational resources on abortion and other prolife issues, visit Right to Life of Michigan at

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What churches can do to promote life

Below is a partial listing of simple, life-focused suggestions which Right to Life of Michigan has compiled in response to requests from churches. Actively promoting a culture of life throughout the year can be inspiring and enjoyable!

- Pray a prayer of blessing for a family who is expecting a child. This shows that every child is welcomed by your faith community before he/she is born enforcing the humanity of the unborn and recognizing a precious and irreplaceable child.

- Increase your congregation's awareness of the needs of local crisis pregnancy centers by having a diaper drive. A local Right to Life of Michigan Affiliate can help organize an awareness campaign. Baby items help to assist local families faced with an untimely pregnancy.

See the complete list

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

National Right to Life Responds to Latest Guttmacher Report

National Right to Life Committee has issued a press release response to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute which says there was an 8% drop in abortion rates from 2000 to 2008.
“Guttmacher suggests that higher abortion rates among poorer woman and abortion restrictions are somehow connected, yet it’s a thesis that goes undefended,” O’Bannon further noted. “How common sense regulations like right-to-know laws, which tell women about abortion’s risks and alternatives which are better for both them and their unborn children, and similar protective measures, are supposed to hurt poor women is hard to fathom.”

The overall downward trend seems to indicate that such laws, along with the assistance provided by pregnancy care centers, which provide lifesaving alternatives to abortion, are enabling more women to choose life for their unborn child. However, several states – California, New York and at least a dozen others – publicly fund abortion for poor women. “While the abortion industry saw declines among most demographic groups, it just happened to see growth among women for whom states were covering abortion costs,” observed O’Bannon.

The fact is, when tax dollars pay for abortion, you get more abortion,” O’Bannon observed.


Monday, May 23, 2011

New Gallup poll shows most Americans want more abortion restrictions

A new poll from the Gallup polling company shows that Americans continue to be split down the middle on whether they would describe themselves as "pro-life" or "pro-choice." The survey shows 61% of Americans believe "abortion should be legal in only a few or no circumstances" and that 51% of Americans believe that abortion is "morally wrong."


Save the Date - RLM's Annual Conference on September 24, 2011

Phill Kline
Former Kansas Attorney General
As seen on Fox news, in USA Today, the O’Reilly Factor, and other media outlets, Phill Kline is a real life story of David and Goliath—taking on the one billion dollar abortion industry.

Kline, the former Attorney General of the State of Kansas, was the first and only prosecutor ever to succeed in obtaining abortion records from Planned Parenthood and notorious late term abortionist George Tiller.

As Kansas Attorney General, Kline began to notice that the number of late term abortions were increasing. Evidence further suggested strong suspicions of unreported child rape inside the abortion clinics. In an effort to discharge the duties of his office, as in all criminal cases, Kline subpoenaed abortion medical records from the Tiller Clinic and Planned Parenthood. This brought down the wrath of the abortion industry nationwide. Millions of dollars from the abortion industry poured into Kansas to defeat his efforts. Yet the truth and Phill Kline’s determination to enforce the law against the abortion industry somehow found a way.

You will not want to miss hearing the full story of how Phill Kline changed the course of the national battle forever by placing Planned Parenthood on the defensive by exposing the alleged crimes within their clinics.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Michigan Youth Defend Life

High school students from across the state of Michigan came to Lansing on Saturday, May 14, for the 22nd Annual Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund High School Oratory Contest.

First place went to Mallory Tanis of Sanilac County Right to Life. Mallory is a home-schooled senior. Her speech was on the impact of advances like ultrasound on the issue of abortion. Mallory will be representing Michigan at the national oratory contest in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 25.

Second place went to Christina Laidler of Shiawassee County Right to Life. Christina is a sophomore at Perry High School. Her speech addressed the facts of abortion and her personal story of doctors recommending abortion to her mother because Christina was considered a high-risk pregnancy.

Third place went to Jacob Iverson of Lenawee County Right to Life. Jacob is a home-schooled junior. His speech was on the issue of men and abortion and the lack of fathers' rights in abortion decisions.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

5 signs the prolife side is winning

Trevin Wax compiles 5 signs (public opinion, the media, young people, the third wave and abortion advocates on the defensive) the prolife side is winning the debate over abortion.
1) Public Opinion

A majority of Americans surveyed in a recent Rasmussen poll, including a large percentage of those who identified themselves "pro-choice," said they believe abortion is "morally wrong most of the time." Last year, for the third consecutive time, Gallup found that more Americans accept the pro-life label, a result that led the polling firm to acknowledge "a real change in public opinion."

One reason for this shift is the high-tech ultrasound machine that reaffirms what embryology textbooks have told us all along -- that the unborn child is truly a human being. In a recent Washington Post editorial, Frances Kissling, former President of Catholics for Choice, advised abortion-rights advocates to shift strategies: "We can no longer pretend the fetus is invisible." Yet few pro-choice activists seem to be listening to Kissling's advice. They continue to cast themselves as the defenders of "women's reproductive rights." This worn-out strategy fails to resonate with a large number of Americans because it ignores the point of tension. The debate has moved on from "reproductive rights" to the more perplexing question: "What are the unborn?"

Monday, May 16, 2011

Deed restriction should prevent abortions at new Planned Parenthood facility

On May 14, the Oakland Press reported that a building in Auburn Hills which Planned Parenthood is planning on using has a deed restriction that should hopefully prevent the facility from becoming an abortion clinic.
Planned Parenthood, a family reproductive health care provider, is renovating a building on 1625 Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills for its services, but the deed restriction for the property states it “can only be used for restaurant, retail or office usage.”

If Planned Parenthood performs abortions, this is a medical use and is prohibited by the deed restriction.

Planned Parenthood is meeting with opposition from the neighboring hotel, which owns the property. The owners of the hotel agreed not to take the case to court if Planned Parenthood agrees not to perform abortions......

The owners were told a medical office would be built on the property.

“Without knowing exactly what was going on, the couple said, a medical office didn’t sound like a problem. They gave them permission to open the medical office. Of course, it turns out it was Planned Parenthood. Now it’s an issue,” Miller said.


Scientists discover adult stem cells in lungs

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston discovered adult stem cells in human lungs which were able to create a variety of different types of cells used in the lungs.
When these human cells were injected into mice, they showed their versatility by rebuilding airways, air sacs and blood vessels within two weeks. One expert called that “amazing.”


Loscalzo said it’s too early to tell what lung diseases might be treated someday by using the cells. He said researchers are initially looking at emphysema and high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, called pulmonary hypertension. Emphysema is a progressive disease that destroys key parts of the lung, leaving large cavities that interfere with the lung’s function.

Anversa said the cells may also prove useful to build up lungs after lung cancer surgery. It’s not clear whether they could be used in treating asthma, he said.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Judge denies Planned Parenthood attempt to keep funding

From National Right to Life yesterday:
Today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates, applauded the decision of U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to deny a request by Planned Parenthood of Indiana for a temporary restraining order against a new Indiana law that denies state-directed funding for businesses and organizations performing abortions in the state. Judge Pratt’s order allows the funding cuts passed by the Indiana legislature and signed by Governor Mitch Daniels earlier this month to immediately take effect.


"Planned Parenthood is Big Abortion"

National Right to Life News has an interview with Randall O'Bannon in which he discusses how Planned Parenthood attempts to mislead people into thinking that abortion is only a small portion of what they do.
NRL News: So, to be clear, that means that nearly one in eight women walking through the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic receiving services has an abortion?

O'Bannon: Well, even that probably understates the abortion-related traffic to Planned Parenthood. In 2009 over 1.1 million women coming to Planned Parenthood had a pregnancy test. We don't know what percentage of those were positive. What we do know is that of the services Planned Parenthood reported that would have involved pregnant women (abortion, prenatal care, adoption referrals), 97.6% were abortion.

On the PPFA Services fact sheet, Planned Parenthood says it provided services for three million people in 2009. That would mean roughly a third were tested for pregnancy. Considering how a woman can buy a relatively inexpensive pregnancy test from her local drug or grocery store, she must have had a reason to seek out Planned Parenthood. If the availability of abortion was the reason, that would mean that abortion was pulling in even more than the 12%.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Double your donation for LIFE

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Meet Your Prolife Representative - Candice Miller

It's important for prolife citizens to know who their legislators are and what they think about life issues. We asked all prolife representatives from Michigan three questions to get each legislator's views about the importance of being prolife. Each month, we'll highlight the responses from one representative and provide you with ways to keep in touch or contact the representative.

Rep. Candice Miller
Michigan Tenth Congressional District: Macomb, Port Huron, Bad Axe
1034 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2106

How can a single prolifer impact the world?

The best way to protect the sanctity of life is for each individual to share this belief with every friend, every family member and every neighbor. By educating those closest to us of the importance of protecting life, we can build a culture that shares our commitment and only by changing that culture and growing our ranks can we achieve real change. Just as every life is precious so is every advocate and activist who defends innocent life.

View all of Representative Miller's answers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

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

On May 4, 2011, the U.S. House voted 251-175 to pass H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

For many years, federal funding of abortion has been limited by a patchwork of laws – many of which expire annually, because they are incorporated into annual appropriations bills. The best known is the Hyde Amendment, but this law applies only to funds that flow through the annual Health and Human Services appropriations bill, and it expires annually. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (“Obamacare”), enacted in 2010, opened new pipelines for federal funding of abortion, which are not governed by the Hyde Amendment or any other statutory restriction.

H.R. 3 would codify the principles of the Hyde Amendment on a permanent, government-wide basis, applicable to both long standing federal health programs and to the new programs created by the PPACA.

To became law, H.R. 3 would need to be passed by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Obama.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celebrate Mom!

This Sunday, May 8, we have the opportunity to celebrate moms and motherly figures in our lives. There are some mothers, however, who may be inadvertently overlooked. Birth-mothers are heroic women who chose life knowing that others would be raising their children.

At Right to Life of Michigan we have always promoted adoption as a loving option for a mother facing an untimely pregnancy. Thankfully, families are waiting to adopt and love the children placed into their care. Watch the Right to Life of Michigan 30 second video promoting adoption below.

When pregnant, a woman is indelibly marked by the significance of nurturing life. This Mother's Day let's appreciate all mothers and celebrate the women in our lives!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Action Needed - U.S. House to vote on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a major prolife bill -- the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) -- on or about Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Right to Life of Michigan and National Right to Life urge you to promptly contact the office of your representative in the U.S. House, to urge him or her to support H.R. 3, and to oppose all amendments that may be offered by opponents of the bill.

Currently, there is a patchwork of different federal laws that restrict federal funding of abortion. Many of these restrictions (such as the well-known Hyde Amendment, which applies to the federal Medicaid program) expire every year. H.R. 3 would replace this patchwork with a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal funding of abortion and federal subsidies for health plans that cover abortion.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Il.), the co-chairs of the House Pro-Life Caucus. To see a list of co-sponsors of the bill, click here.

The message is simple. Ask your U.S. House Representative to vote "Yes" on H.R. 3, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and to oppose all amendments offered by opponents of the bill.

Contact Information for Michigan U.S. House Representatives