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. 


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.


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.