Monday, December 28, 2015

Last chance to double your donation!

There are four days left in 2015, that's four more days to take advantage of an opportunity to double your impact for the prolife movement.

Thanks to generous donors, your tax-deductible online donations to the Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund will be matched up to 50,000.

Please consider donating as we look to reach our goal in these last days of the year. Your support makes all of the life-saving work that  we do possible!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Abortion had a rough 2015

"It's been a terrible year for abortion rights-but there is opportunity to be found amid the setbacks."

That's the sober assessment of Michelle Goldberg, writing in Slate about how 2015 went for abortion supporters.

Her article focuses on several things, including the continued trend of prolife legislation passing in states. Michigan is no different. As we reach the end of 2015, two major initiatives include the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (CAPA) and the Dismemberment Abortion Ban are being considered by our Legislature.

CAPA would add protections to women who are coerced into having abortions. Dismemberment abortions, like partial-birth abortions, are violent late-term techniques to end a human life.

The opportunity that Goldberg mentions could be more of an opportunity for prolifers. Abortion supporters hope that by talking about abortion more openly, even celebrating it, they can change the conversation.

In the past, organizations like Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion politicians have done everything they could to avoid mentioning abortion. Abortion thrives when it's not talked about and people don't understand the violence it entails.

In 2016, we must continue to speak the truth about what abortion is. We must continue to teach people about the value of life and the development of the child in the womb. We will celebrate, not lament, the fact that abortions are at their lowest since 1973.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Help RLM's lifesaving efforts and double your donation!

by Jessi Engelsma, Education & Events Coordinator

What does Right to Life of Michigan do?

Before I started working at RLM in the summer I asked this same question. I knew that RLM worked in the prolife movement but I didn’t know about all the work they do. Now I’m here to explain that to you. 

Right to Life of Michigan works to protect the precious gift of life from fertilization to natural death. We have four life issues that we work tirelessly on: abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide. How do we go about this? Through education, legislation, and political action, and helping our volunteers with motivation and encouragement. Let me explain.

Right to Life of Michigan works hard to make sure that all of our affiliates have the resources they need to educate their communities about these important life issues. We also use many different forms of social media to reach people and highlight important news articles, new studies, and other prolife updates. Our compassion project ads on TV are another way we reach people and share stories of prolife women. 

Through benefit dinners with engaging speakers and providing support to our affiliates so they can put on different events throughout the year, we motivate the people of Michigan to action. In order for abortion to end, we need Michigan to be committed to preserving life. We also have an action page on our website where people can go to see what can be done NOW to end abortion.

Working in the prolife movement can become disheartening since so many times it seems like we are losing the battle. However, at RLM we work to encourage and show people that we are winning the fight. Millennials like me are the prolife generation and polls are showing that teenagers are more prolife than their predecessors. We are initiating change in our society and every action makes a difference, no matter how small. We also encourage community members to participate in prolife events whether it is a walk for life, a memorial for the unborn, or even a golf outing. Showing support for the prolife movement and engaging with the community is vital for us!

Finally, RLM works diligently in creating new legislation and works hard at passing ongoing legislation. We have a legislative office in Lansing that is dedicated specifically to legislation and our efforts in this area are being rewarded. These advances are made possible by the many prolife people who turn out at the polls to elect prolife candidates.

So why am I telling you this? Without your support, we can’t perform all these tasks. We wouldn’t be able to tell the public that every day 75 babies are being aborted in Michigan alone. Abortion survivors like Melissa Ohden wouldn’t be able to tell their stories to a captive audience. Prolife citizens wouldn’t be aware of events occurring in their towns.

Right now we have a matching gift for all online donations to the Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund until the end of the year. These donations are tax deductible and support important educational efforts. We need your support to continue working in the prolife movement to protect women and promote the unborn’s special value of life.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Tennessee woman charged with attempted murder after trying to self-abort at 24 weeks

Anna Yocca, a 31-year-old woman from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been charged with first degree attempted murder after trying to kill her 24-week unborn child with a coat hanger.  The child survived but sustained serious injuries.

Police say doctors were able to save “Baby Yocca,” who weighed 1.5 pounds at birth.

Doctors reportedly told authorities the baby boy’s quality of life “will be forever harmed.” He will need a medical foster, have to stay on oxygen and require daily medication.

Yocca is accused of causing medical issues to the child’s lungs, eyes and heart with the hanger. Doctors said other medical issues will arise as he gets older, according to police.
In 2014, 59 children were aborted in Michigan after 24 weeks, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.  

Friday, December 4, 2015

U.S. Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted 52-47 to repeal major parts of Obamacare and place a 1 year moratorium on most taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. This is the first time in history either has cleared Congress. President Obama has indicated that he will veto the legislation.

The Senate voted, 52 to 47, on Thursday night to repeal large portions of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. The repeal was wrapped inside a budget reconciliation bill that needed a simple majority of 51 senators to make good on a longstanding promise to voters that a GOP-led Congress would eliminate large portions of Obamacare. But after months of pressure from conservatives, Senate leaders decided to add language to defund Planned Parenthood that not every Republican senator supports.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Infamous late-term abortionist sued for causing sterility, leaving part of baby’s skull in woman

Colorado abortionist Warren Hern is being sued by a Nebraska woman who claims Hern left a piece of her child’s skull in her uterus.  This piece of skull caused a number of health issues, including sterility. 

Hern is known for performing 3rd-trimester abortions and was featured in the pro-abortion film After Tiller which focuses on abortionists who do late-term abortions. 

Following the Dec. 3, 2013, abortion, Hern told the DeBuhrs that all fetal tissue had been removed from her body even though the 4-centimeter bone was still inside her, the lawsuit says.

Neither Hern nor anyone in the clinic warned the DeBuhrs about the risks associated with the operation, the lawsuit says.

The doctor also failed to warn the couple about the risk that fetal tissue or bone would be left inside her body after the procedure, the lawsuit says.

Jennifer DeBuhr began to experience spotty bleeding in 2014. The skull fragment had become lodged in her uterus, the lawsuit says.

She suffered severe pain, mental distress and the removal of her uterus, it says. She lost her ability to conceive children and has a permanent injury.