On May 16 the U.S. Supreme Court reached an 8-0 decision in Zubik v. Burwell. Several organizations are suing the Obama Administration over the Department of Health and Human Service's contraceptive mandate, which requires employers to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives. Some of those drugs can potentially cause abortions. The decision requires lower courts to reach an accommodation that respects conscience rights and prevents the Obama Administration from enforcing crippling fines on nonprofits like Right to Life of Michigan that oppose being forced to help provide drugs that can end human life.
Governor Snyder signed the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act into law on May 3. The bill was added to a broader package of bills on domestic violence that were also signed. The new law empowers women who conceive after being raped and courageously choose to parent their child to limit the rapist's ability to wage a custody battle. The bill was inspired by Shauna's story, one of four stories told in Right to Life of Michigan's compassion project. Shauna was forced to choose between prosecuting her attacker and protecting her daughter.
On May 18 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released their annual report on abortions in Michigan. Abortions decreased 1.7 percent in 2015, down 44.7 percent from their high in 1987. Abortions performed on minors decreased 11.2 percent, down 78.7 percent since 1990. A total of 27,151 induced abortions were reported in Michigan. Abortion numbers increased in Michigan in 2013 and 2014. It’s likely that much of those increases were due to failures to follow state reporting requirements in previous years. Michigan updated abortion clinic regulations in 2012, causing several clinics to close, at least one of which was known to be not reporting abortion numbers. Women are now going to clinics more likely to follow state reporting laws.
Protecting unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortions is a legislative priority for Michigan. On November 10, the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee advanced the bills to the floor by a 5-3 vote. A law is needed because D&E dismemberment abortions are as brutal as the partial-birth abortion method, which is now illegal in Michigan and the United States. Learn the facts about dismemberment abortions.
Abortion methods and their aftermath
Abortion is brutal. The reality of abortion is the broken body parts left in the aftermath of taking the life of an innocent child. While it may be extremely difficult for people to look at the reality of abortion, it's important that all people thinking about the issue of abortion understand how an abortion works and what it does before coming to a conclusion about it's legality and acceptability.
Oratory contestants "Speak life!" at state contest
Maria Tizedes is the winner of the 27th Annual Right to Life of Michigan Ed Fund High School Oratory Contest. Maria is a home-schooled senior representing the Right to Life of Michigan affiliates in the Downriver area in Detroit. It was inspiring to see 19 students at the contest in Holt on May 14 speak passionately about prolife issues. The speeches covered topics such as abortion and disabilities, being prolife and pro-woman, rationalism, infanticide, and many more informative and enlightening topics.
Infographic Contest: what is an infographic?
An infographic is a graphic or visual representation of information. With this knowledge one talented prolife youth could win $500 in the annual Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund Infographic Contest. Young prolife people from ages 13 to 22 are invited to compete. Contestants will create an original infographic and the finalists' entries will be shared on the Right to Life of Michigan Facebook page for a public vote. It’s simple. It’s fun. It’s a great way to help the prolife movement and educate others about Life!
Is fetal organ trafficking against the law?
A series of undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress show Planned Parenthood staff discussing how Planned Parenthood affiliates would sell the body parts of aborted children and change abortion procedures to ensure the requested organs remain intact. Profiting from the sale of organs and tissue of aborted babies or changing procedures to facilitate the sales are against the law. The U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is currently investigating the matter.