One sure sign of Planned Parenthood’s struggles is its difficulty finding volunteers who will promote its radical pro-abortion agenda. Instead, it has to pay pe
There are people who are already pushing for this in our country.
Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-14, the euthanasia and assisted suicide bill. The Senate first passed Bill C-14 a few days ago with seven amendments from
While millions upon millions of dollars go into the Foundation, only ten (10%) goes to actual charity, but the story is deeper than this fact. It is about the “content of character” and a lifetime of corruption and deceit, and how this woman tries to pretend she is for women’s rights while she is taking millions of dollars from countries that abuse, torture, and murder their women, and still practice genital mutilation. Those millions of dollars has bought her silence in speaking up about those countries and their women’s rights.
If she has been honest about anything, it is her stance on abortion and she certainly has made that a global initiative to get out the word to support her position when it comes to killing innocent babies.
No matter how one feels about the LBGT community, on one side of Hillary’s mouth she is defending them in our country, while at the same time selling favors for money to countries who eagerly kill or jail anyone that is part of the group.
How many more people, including Americans like the ones in Orlando, San Bernadino, Ft. Hood and elsewhere have to die before the left can stop talking about guns killing people? Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. The left shows more anger to gun owners or the NRA than they do toward the followers of ISIS and other radical terrorist groups.
It is imperative that we have a President and Congressional Leaders and Governors that are pro-life.
As a friend said when she posted a video of Christopher Duffley on Facebook, “If anyone can watch this and not cry, then they need to check their pulse”.
Christopher Duffley, now 15 years old, and is from New Hampshire. He was born at 26 weeks and suffers from autism, and has been blind from birth.
To me there are no words to even begin to explain the travesty of those who could not find the beauty and Blessings this child has brought into the world and into his family, and all the other people who have experienced his passion for life and music. Christopher has a MESSAGE and it needs to be heard!
It reminds me of a lady I once knew who had a grandchild that was also born with autism and was blind, and the horrible words she said when she told me it would have been better had the child died. Thank goodness that Christopher’s family never felt this way. This is the kind of thought process that Planned Parenthood and others have when they want babies to be aborted because they might have a disability, or they just aren’t wanted. I babysat this little girl a few times and to me she was a pure joy as she put her sweet little head next to a radio or CD player and rocked to the sound of music, the language of the universe, or how she would cling on to me when I hugged and held her. Every life is a Blessing and each has a purpose.
It also reminds me of a dear friend who had a little boy that was born with Down’s Syndrome. When he told me about it, my first words were to say “I’m sorry”, but before I could go on any further my friend said, “No, don’t be sorry, be happy for us. He has been such a joy and Blessing to us, no different than our other children”.
To see more videos and music by Christopher, you can find them on YouTube or on iTunes. Please take the time for leave an encouraging message for him.
During her speech to the Planned Parenthood abortion business today, Hillary Clinton singled out for praise a Planned Parenthood abortion practitioner. What the
Simple Definition of corruption
: dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers)
: the act of corrupting someone or something
: something that has been changed from its original form
WHAT IS TRANSPARENCY?
“Transparency is about shedding light on rules, plans, processes and actions. It is knowing why, how, what, and how much. Transparency ensures that public officials, civil servants, managers, board members and business people act visibly and understandably, and report on their activities. And it means that the general public can hold them to account (or does it with this “pay to play” government system we live under?) It is the surest way of guarding against corruption, and helps increase trust in the people and institutions on which our futures depend.”
I’ve lived long enough to remember a lot of the scandals surrounding the Clintons, which most of the young people now-a-days are not even aware of. I’m not asking anyone to take my word about anything, but I am suggesting that people to do their own homework to know who they are planning on voting for. It is not good enough to vote a certain way because we have taken on the moniker of “democrat”, “republican”, “libertarian”, “independent”, or any other name we choose to call our self. Today with the internet, there is no reason for anyone not to seek the truth. The great Martin Luther King, Jr’s, “content of character” quote has inspired debate ever since his famous “I have a Dream” speech, and more than ever we should adhere to his words.
This election will determine the way this country is headed as we are on the brink of change, and it is not a good one, it is the destruction of this country as we have known it. The divisive nature that has been made an everyday way of life, the corruption in both parties, the silencing of voices, the acceptance of violence, and the greed for money and power is at its highest peak in my lifetime. Never have so many people on both sides of the isle been so disenchanted with politicians, large corporations, and the media, that be it the Sander’s Revolution or the Trump movement, the people are finally starting to be heard. The “We the people” are fighting for our rights, not the restrictions, regulations, bribery, payoffs, and lies, waste, fraud, abuse and corruption that the elitists are pushing down our throats.
I’ve included a lot of reasons why Hillary Clinton should not be elected. Some facts I’ve taken longer to point out, others just a brief summary (but all can be researched and checked for accuracy), but the main point is her “CONTENT OF CHARACTER”. I deliberately have not gotten into a lot of details about the current investigations surrounding her because most people know about her e-mails, her server, and her refusal to cooperate with investigative committees because it is on the news daily. The following list is not necessarily in order of importance, but facts that I feel people need to be made aware of.
Supreme Court Justices – Whoever is elected will most likely be able to make life long appointments of a couple, or more, justices. This one issue alone is one of great significance because despite the fact they are not suppose to lien towards one party over the other, we have seen it happened over and over again. They are the ones that will make the final decision on which way this country goes and their decisions will affect us for generations to come.
“I remember landing under sniper fire,” Hillary Clinton said during a George Washington University campaign event on March 17, 2008. “There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.” – 1996 Bosnia. This was later confirmed and proven that this incident never happened and Clinton had lied.
Laureate University/ Hillary University – In April 2015, Bill Clinton was forced to abruptly resign from his lucrative perch as honorary chancellor of Laureate Education, a for-profit college company. The reason for Clinton’s immediate departure: Clinton Cash revealed, and Bloomberg confirmed, that Laureate funneled Bill Clinton $16.46 million over five years while Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. pumped at least $55 million to a group run by Laureate’s founder and chairman, Douglas Becker, a man with strong ties to the Clinton Global Initiative. Laureate has donated between $1 million and $5 million (donations are reported in ranges, not exact amounts) to the Clinton Foundation. Progressive billionaire George Soros is also a Laureate financial backer. Some schools have been closed and a lot of negative reports have been given by students.
Tavelgate – Hillary Clinton engineered the firing of seven employees of the White House travel office in order to hire a firm with ties to the Clintons to replace them. Multiple investigations absolved the president of involvement but Hillary Clinton was found to have made false statements to investigators.
Vince Foster – Was a Deputy White House Counsel during the first few months of Bill Clinton’s administration. Before that he was a partner at Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he worked with Hillary. He was also their personal attorney and was involved with Whitewater. It was alleged that after his questionable suicide/murder that files were missing from his office.
Whitewater – The Whitewater scandal was a real estate controversy involving the Clintons. In 1978, the Clintons partnered with James and Susan McDougal to purchase 220 acres of land that would become the Whitewater Development Corporation, which failed, and McDougal subsequently entered the banking industry, forming Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan. An investigation led to McDougal’s resignation from Madison Guaranty, which found that Clinton had pressured David Hale into making a loan that benefited both Bill Clinton and Madison Guaranty. Three inquiries into the Whitewater land deal yielded insufficient evidence to charge the Clintons with criminal conduct. However, several of their associates were convicted as a result the investigations, and James McDougal died in prison because of his affiliation with all the surrounding scandals.
Sidney Blumenthal – Mr. Blumenthal was paid as a consultant at least $120,000 annually by the Clinton Foundation, though no one knows for sure how much he received because the foundation’s accounting procedures are not trustworthy. He encouraged the Clinton campaign to exploit Mr. Obama’s relationship to Reverend Jeremiah Wright when Hillary was running against him in 2008, and he sent dozens of anti-Obama articles from far-right publications to reporters and others, smearing Ms. Clinton’s rival. When Clinton became Secretary of State, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and senior adviser David Axelrod (both veterans of the Obama campaign) threatened to quit their jobs if Clinton officially hired Blumenthal at the State Department. Then White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told Clinton that she could not hire Blumenthal, But Clinton kept Blumenthal on board as an informal adviser and he has been the center of attention when it comes to the “found” e-mails regarding foreign affairs and predictions are being made that should Hillary win the 2016 election, Blumenthal will most likely have a position in her administration.
Troopergate – the mini-scandal erupted when a group of Arkansas state troopers told stories about soliciting women and facilitating extramarital trysts for Clinton while he was governor. This, like every other story, has been changed and denied.
Laughing about a rape – In 1975, Hillary Rodham defended a hard-drinking, indigent client against the charge that he had raped a 12-year-old girl. The Washington Free Beacon has a tape showing that Clinton likely thought her client was guilty as she reminisced about how she got him off the hook. “It was a fascinating case, it was a very interesting case,” Clinton says on the tape. “This guy was accused of raping a 12-year-old. Course he claimed that he didn’t, and all this stuff.” She laughs as she tells the interviewer she didn’t trust her client. “I had him take a polygraph, which he passed – which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” she chortles.
Equal Pay – While Senator of New York, from 2002 to 2008, the median annual salary for Mrs. Clinton’s staff for females staffers was $15,708.38 less than what was paid to men. Women earned a slightly higher median salary than men in 2005, coming in at $1.04. But in 2006, they earned 65 cents for each dollar men earned, and in 2008, they earned only 63 cents on the dollar, and the Clinton Foundation pays menn 38% more than female employees – so much for her fighting for equal pay.
Health Care – Hillary’s form of health care (health care meaning keeping people healthy and alive instead of killing babies up to the date of delivery), said, ‘”Religious Beliefs Have to Be Changed to Accommodate Abortion”, and even wants more money from taxpayers to go toward abortion despite their religious beliefs, and wants to push Obamacare despite the fact that the rates have gone up in double digits, and people can’t even afford their co-pays and never get to the point that the insurance even kicks in.
Charity – How only 10% of the Clinton foundation goes to charity and the rest is spent on travel and administration expenses.
Transparency – How she refuses to make her speeches to banks and big corporations public, when she was paid $21.6 million dollars during April, 2013 through March, 2015, and how she does everything to impede investigations to get to the truth about her activities, and that of her staff, or why she and her husband were paid even more funds for speeches to foreign governments and corporations. Can anyone believe her statement that she can relate to the average American because her and her husband were broke when they left the white house?
Stealing from the whitehouse – After they were criticized for taking $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, sofas and other gifts with them when they left, the Clintons announced last week that they would pay for $86,000 worth of gifts, or nearly half the amount.
Loss of Jobs – How she wants to destroy more jobs via the TPP, after her husband started the trail by signing NAFTA, and threatened to close down even more mines putting thousands of people out of work. See the video below to see how Clinton’s position on TPP have been delayed until after the election.
Hillary Clinton on the TPP
Lying About Bengazi – Let us not forget her lying over the caskets of four great Americans, and than calling the parents liars when they spoke the truth, and then saying “What difference does it make?” To moms, dads, siblings, other family and friends, it does matter how their loved ones died. Supposedly she was friends with the Ambassador who was killed – with this kind of friend, who needs enemies?
Health or Money – Her being in bed with Wall Street and big corporations, in favor of GMO foods, and our right to have labeling on what we eat, while insisting that the white house only serves organic foods. “With a sad twist of irony, corporate and government elite dine on safe, organic food while the masses, those very people who are supposedly represented and protected by their governments, are poisoned by hidden genetically modified organisms, pesticides and dangerous contaminants.” When Clinton worked at the Rose Law Firm in the 1980s, Monsanto was a client. Her association with Monsanto has led to an increasing co-mingling of former biotech employees with the federal government. Many were hired and appointed to the FDA and the USDA during the Clinton administration in the 1990s.
The “pay for play” agenda of the Clintons reared its ugly head again when Faj Fernando was given high security clearance and given a position as a Nuclear Security Advisor. Mr. Fernado was and is a large donor and bundler on behalf of the Clintons, who had absolutely no experience whatsoever to be an advisor. After ABC started to ask questions, Mr. Fernado resigned.
This is the woman who won an award and talked about how much she admires Margaret Sanger, who’s agenda was for the killing of blacks, handicapped people, euthanasia, and abortion. and worked with the Klu Klux Klan. In April 2009, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry spoke to her while she was Secretary of State and Hillary Clinton compares the eugenics advocate and racist Margaret Sanger to Thomas Jefferson. Clinton even seemed to say that Sanger is superior to Jefferson. Watch the video to hear Hillary Clinton accepting Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award and her admiration for Margaret Sanger.
Women’s Rights – How she accepts money through her foundation from countries that abuse, stone, kill, and engage in genital mutilation and never says a word about it, or the fact that these same countries do not allow women to leave their homes unless accompanied by a male relative, refuse education to females, and have no rights – so much on women’s rights or her working to protect them in her powerful capacity of influence and favors.)
Violence – The same woman who backs violence by backing and speaking up for groups like Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Moveon.org, SEIU, and other protestors who are paid to create violence and chaos. Protestors who had to sue in order to get paid. According to the Washington Times as well as other news organizations, “At least some of the protesters who looted, rioted, burned buildings and overturned police cars in Ferguson, Missouri, last year were promised payment of up to $5,000 per month to join the protests”. “Hired Black Lives Matter protesters start #CutTheCheck after being stiffed by ACORN successor group.” It was the successors of ACORN, that stiffed the protesters and started a sit-in protest at the headquarters of MORE to demand their money.”
A woman who only won the nomination by paid for super delegates, while stopping Bernie Sander’s supporters from even having a voice, and a rigged party and media at her disposal who made up lies about Sander’s supporters, and refused to hear their voices, took away their microphones and lied about what happened in Vegas, as well as deliberately lying about supposed violence by Sander’s supporters that never happened.
How have the democrats benefited our military or our vets? Our military is below WW11 standards, and vets are dying every day from lack of health care, not being able to find jobs, suffering from PTSD, committing suicide, and many are homeless. Where has the outcry about this from the Clintons?
Where has the justice been when it comes to the IRS going after conservatives?
2nd Amendment – A federal appeals court this week ruled that there is no Second Amendment protection for concealed weapons — allowing states to prohibit or restrict the public from carrying concealed firearms. This is not the only appeals court to do so. Hillary Clinton is in favor of taking away our gun rights.
WHY GET INTO BILL CLINTON’S WOMANIZING? BECAUSE HILLARY MOCKED AND HELPED DEFAME THE WOMEN WHO CAME FORWARD. So much for helping or protecting women in her false pretense of fighting for women’s rights. I can remember like it was yesterday when Hillary Clinton called all these women liars and accused the right wing of making up these stories – that is until her husband was forced to admit he was guilty, not out of conscious, but because there was physical proof that he could not get rid of.
Monica Lewinsky – The news broke in January of 1998 that Linda Tripp, a former co-worker, had Lewinsky on tape talking about an illicit affair between Lewinsky and President Clinton. Immunity was granted to Lewinsky from prosecution in exchange for testimony of her liaisons with Clinton, who, in public and under oath, had denied any sexual relationship. What couldn’t be denied was the blue dress with Clinton’s DNA on it. When Clinton was forced to admit an “inappropriate relationship,” the House of Representatives impeached him.
Paula Jones – President Clinton paid $850,000 to Paula Corbin Jones to end her sexual harassment lawsuit, finally settling a case that later sparked a criminal investigation, and as usual Clinton got off buy paying his way out of it.
Juanita Broderick – No charges were ever pressed against Clinton. Excerpts from Full Transcript of NBC Dateline report on Juanita Broaddrick: While being interviewed by NBC Dateline, the interviewer asked, “The question everyone is going to ask is ‘Juanita, why didn’t you report this 21 years ago?’” Broaddrick replied, “I didn’t think anyone would believe me in the world…she claims she volunteered to hand out bumper stickers and signs — her first and only political campaign. Broaddrick says she met Clinton for the first time when he made a campaign stop at her nursing home in the spring of 1978 and he told her to call him when she was in the city…she had agreed to meet him at a coffee shop that he suggested, but later he called her and asked if he could come to her hotel room as there were reporters in the coffee shop. She agreed, thinking this was a political meeting, and it was during this time that the rape occurred, as well as his biting and bruising her lip…Well, I was very emotional within an hour or so after it happened and then by the time Norma got back my whole top lip was turned out, was very swollen and very ugly looking…Norma Kelsey accompanied Juanita on the Little Rock business trip and they shared a hotel room…Norma says when she left that morning Broaddrick told her she was planning to see Clinton. But Norma says when she called around lunchtime, Broaddrick was upset and crying so she returned to the room. Norma also says that Broaddrick’s lip and mouth were badly swollen, that her pantyhose had been ripped off and she says Broaddrick told her she had been sexually assaulted by Clinton.
Hillary mocking women who stepped forward. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/time-hillary-clinton-sassy-gennifer-flowers-scandal-31055166
Raising funds for Pro-Life Billboards. The more $ we raise, the more billboards go up!
Walk Through Downtown Wyandotte
Saturday, June 11, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Bring the Family and join this Fundraiser
for Right to Life of Michigan Downriver Affiliates:
Upper Downriver, & Central Wayne County
9:15 a.m. Registration begins at Bishop Park Log Cabin (turn in your pledge money).
Everyone turning in at least $25 in pledges will receive a Walk for Life pin. Funds will be used to support the pro-life work of Right to Life affiliates in the Downriver area. With at least $2 turned in, receive a membership in Right to Life of Michigan.
10:00 a.m. Life Walk begins. The 2.5 mile route passes:
- Wyandotte Hospital, where doctors and nurses are caring for life,
- Along Biddle Avenue where a large pro-life crowd walking with signs will witness to the importance of protecting innocent human life,
- Knights of Columbus Hall, where the Knights are defending life,
- BASF Park Statue of a Wyandot Indian Family celebrating life, and
We continue the walk while respecting life from the moment of conception to the last natural breath.
12:00 Noon Return to Bishop Park: Pizza, beverages and POTLUCK PICNIC for all. Join us whether or not you walked! High School Oratory Pro-life speeches will be given.
- FREE. Everyone is welcome to walk to show respect for life!
- With a minimum of $2 in pledges, receive a Right to Life of Michigan membership.
- Join us, even if you can’t walk. Donations may be made at LifeWalk2016.eventbrite.com
- Receive a Walk for Life pin with $25 of pledge money turned in.
- $100 prize and 1st place medal with image from the statue of Wyandot Indian Family to the person turning in the most pledge money.
- Recognition to the Group with the most participants.
SCHEDULE: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Registration Check-In Begins @ 8:15 a.m.
Program Begins @ 9:00 a.m.
Closing @ 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, 11 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 482-0188
The Radisson Hotel Lansing requires $10 valet parking. Other parking options include the nearby Lansing Center.
Conference includes continental breakfast, luncheon/RLM Annual Meeting, 2 general sessions and workshops.
$55 Individual Rate
(on or before September 15)
$45 Group Rate
(for registering four or more)
$25 Student Rate
$65 All Late Reservations
September 16 is the last day available for Conference registration refunds.
People with special dietary needs must please contact the RLM State Office in advance at
616-532-2300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENERAL SESSION I:
Canada and Court Imposed Culture of Death: Could It Happen Here?
Wesley J. Smith
Wesley J. Smith is an author, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture and featured blogger for National Review Online. He is an expert on the issue of euthanasia and a writer on bioethical issues. Smith left the full-time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. He co-authored books with Ralph Nader before a personal experience with assisted suicide led him to find his passion of speaking in defense of what he calls “human exceptionalism.” He is the well-known author of “Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder.” His most recent book is “The War on Humans.”
GENERAL SESSION II:
Election 2016: Electing Advocates the Unborn Deserve
Bridging the Generational Gap: Engaging Prolife Students
CHRISTEN POLLO – Executive Director, Students for Life of Michigan
REBECCA COOPER – President, Cornerstone University Students for Life
Engaging Strategies for Community Fund Raising
KATHY POTTS – Executive Dir., Jackson County Right to Life
KATHY OGOREK – President, Livingston County Right to Life
The Ripple Effects of Abortion on Women, Men and Families
MAGGIE WALSH – Project Rachel Coordinator through Catholic Charities of West Michigan & Site Leader, West Michigan Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
The Time is Now: Serving as God’s Instruments of Life in our Congregations and Communities
REV. PAUL CLARK – Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fowler
Prolife Voices: How to Host a Black History Month Panel Discussion
KATHY CROMBIE – Director of Multicultural Outreach, Right to Life of Michigan
To register online: http://www.rtl.org/events/conference/index.html
When you see the Sacred Heart Seminary, located at 2701 West Chicago Boulevard, Detroit, MI., you are reminded of the late Catholic scholars and their heritage from Greece and Rome. The Collegiate Gothic architectural style, built between 1923 and 1925, has a building 600 feet in width and features a 130-foot tower, reminding you of the ambience of an English university.
Between the 1880s to the 1920s, Catholics numbering into the thousands upon thousands immigrated to Detroit from dozens of eastern European nations, including their priests, who were not put off by the largely Irish and Germany hierarchy of the Detroit diocese at the time. The diocese established numerous “ethnic” parishes to serve in their own schools and control their own finances, which was a major challenge for the Detroit diocese at first.
The massive seminary complex in the post World War I years, gained control of training of all priests in the diocese, which “ended” the ethnic seminaries, and was designed to offer training at both the high school and collegiate level to all Michigan men who wished to study for the priesthood. In the meantime, new federal immigration laws impeded the immigration of priests from Eastern Europe.
Another outstanding feature located on the campus is the story of the black Jesus. During the riots of 1967, an African American painter painted the hands, feet, and face of the white Sacred Heart of Jesus statue black. What started out as a controversial and polarizing act, became an act of faith and racial pride for some Detroit black residents. Throughout the years the landmark is now being seen as a symbol of Jesus’ love for all races. The seminary repaints the statue whenever necessary and plans to continue this practice in the future.
In May, 2016, Sacred Heart Major Seminary announced its agreement to purchase four lots west of its campus on Chicago Boulevard. The seminary will clear the land of abandoned buildings, landscape, and secure and integrate it into its present 40-acre campus. The purchase will enhance the historic neighborhood, and enable the vibrant seminary to expand its parking and plan future upgrades.
I received this from Guadalupe Workers this morning. Please read it before deciding that you cannot help them. I know it is lengthy but well worth the read; this is Christian mercy in action and works to lift families out of poverty rather than give them a handout.
The most frequent request made to Guadalupe Workers is for help with housing. Again, some mothers have no more than four to five hundred a month. Working moms might bring in eight hundred to a thousand. Moving into an apartment in Detroit will cost, with security deposit, around $1,400. This is cash the mothers simply do not have. We find, then, that often they are “living around”—meaning that they will spend a week or two with one relative or friend, another week somewhere else, and so on, usually with two or three children in tow. If they run out of places to stay, we might receive an emergency call—as we did yesterday, when we met a mother and her two children at a motel in Dearborn and paid $300 to have her settled at least for one week.
Occasionally a mother comes into a wad of cash, sometimes through a tax return, sometimes from inheritance. She might use this in order to purchase what I call the Detroit special: a five or six thousand dollar house. Then again, she might come into possession of such a house through a rent-to-own arrangement. Regardless, as a family moves into one of these houses, normally the mother and children end up inhabiting a house that has no furnace, no hot water heater, no appliances, and outdated electrical service. For the next few months, they have to live in a discreet manner, hoping that no one will report them to Child Protective Services. Much of our income, then, is spent in purchasing major appliances, or in hiring someone to install major appliances.
Other mothers have already expired the 4 year eligibility for FIA assistance. They, frequently, have no income at all. A mother with whom we have been working this past year was in that situation; we paid her entire rent for 6 months and provided GED tutoring, with the hope and expectation that she would, in that time period, find a job and pass the final test for her GED diploma. We are right at the end of that 6 month period, so are waiting to see what happens!
DTE bills are often in arrears with our mothers. These bills can range anywhere from two hundred to two thousand dollars. The bills are high because, invariably, the houses are old, in poor repair, and the mothers know nothing about insulating drafty windows. At the same time—and we don’t know why—most Detroit residents (at least the ones we have met) habitually keep their thermostats during the winter at about 76 degrees.
Unpaid tickets are yet another problem. Most frequently these tickets have to do with driving without insurance. Very few people in Detroit, actually, have insurance. They can’t afford it. This is what happens: since a policy in Detroit would cost several thousand dollars, and, since a car can’t be registered without insurance, unprincipled companies sell two week insurance policies for around $300. These policies last just long enough for the car to be registered—at which point the policy expires. A few months later the driver gets pulled over for a burnt-out taillight or some such matter. The officer asks for proof of insurance, finds that it is expired, writes another ticket. The driver cannot pay these tickets, or other tickets that start to pile up…. It all concludes with a suspended license, but since for so many the car is badly needed, they continue to drive…more tickets, higher fines…. Usually we advise the mother to go to court and throw herself on the mercy of the judge, who sometimes will set up a payment plan.
We always tell our mothers not to get into survival mode—to think ahead, to plan ahead. Consequently, we look for opportunities to help them with training or certification programs. Also, when we find someone who actually has an unfettered driver’s license, we like to be able to provide a decent car, something that will take them to class or to work.
What we do, then, is way beyond providing diapers and wipes (though we do that too). Our expenditures are consistently heavy; but that is because when we meet a mother at the abortion clinic, we tell her that we will help with whatever she needs. That is a promise that saves lives. It is also a promise that we have never broken. Accordingly, I ask that, in the busy-ness of summer and with the expenses of vacations, you will not forget us. We are still there, still in the city, still doing what we have been doing the past 13 years.
If you have the means to help them in their ministry to Detroit moms, please cut a check and mail it to:
Southfield 40 Days for Life