It’s great that the local Republicans are sponsoring pro-life speakers. If you go, please let them know that you are from Upper Downriver Right to Life.
It’s great that the local Republicans are sponsoring pro-life speakers. If you go, please let them know that you are from Upper Downriver Right to Life.
Southern Downriver Right to Life has invited us to join them at their 2019 Pastor’s Luncheon.
Please check out the RTL of Michigan (for people outside of Michigan, please refer to the RTL center in your state) site for election endorsements. Statistics from the Pew Research Center and the United States Census Bureau, are showing that the pro-choice side of the isle is outweighing the pro-life side in registering and getting out to vote in the primaries. Please share these facts with your friends and family. Post the info on your Facebook, Twitter, or personal blogs, and ask your friends to do the same. The Resource Center at 2010 Eureka, Wyandotte (inside the small mall at 20th and Eureka) has some great flyers to pass out or to use, itemizing the various views of the candidates on:
We watched the dirty tricks of deceit, delay and destroy at Judge Kavanaugh’s Hearing yesterday and chances are things are going to even get worse the closer we get to the election. It is time to stop the insanity, the violence, and the destructive path that the left is leading us into, and the BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!
According to the United States Census Bureau, In 2016, 61.4 percent of the citizen voting-age population reported voting, a number not statistically different from the 61.8 percent who reported voting in 2012. Voting rates have historically varied by race and Hispanic origin, and In 2012, voting rates for non-Hispanic blacks (66.6 percent) were higher than non-Hispanic whites (64.1 percent) for the first time since 1980, In 2016, turnout increased to 65.3 percent for non-Hispanic whites, but decreased to 59.6 percent for non-Hispanic blacks, which was only the second election in this series where the share of non-Hispanic black voters decreased, from 12.9 percent in 2012 to 11.9 percent in 2016.
When analyzed together, reported turnout by age, race and Hispanic origin differed in 2016 as well. In comparison to 2012, younger non-Hispanic whites between the ages of 18 to 29 and between the ages of 30 to 44 reported higher turnout in 2016, while voting rates for the two oldest groups of non-Hispanic whites were not statistically different (Figure 5). Meanwhile, for non-Hispanic blacks, turnout rates decreased in 2016 for every age group. For other race non-Hispanics and Hispanics of any race, voting rates between 2012 and 2016 were not statistically different for any age groups.
According to the Pew Research Center, The black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling to 59.6% in 2016 after reaching a record-high 66.6% in 2012. The 7-percentage-point decline from the previous presidential election is the largest on record for blacks. (It’s also the largest percentage-point decline among any racial or ethnic group since white voter turnout dropped from 70.2% in 1992 to 60.7% in 1996.) The number of black voters also declined, falling by about 765,000 to 16.4 million in 2016, representing a sharp reversal from 2012.
The Latino voter turnout rate held steady at 47.6% in 2016, compared with 48.0% in 2012. the number of Latino voters grew to a record 12.7 million in 2016, up from 11.2 million in 2012. Even so, the number of Latino nonvoters – those eligible to vote who do not cast a ballot, or 14 million in 2016 – was larger than the number of Latino voters, a trend that extends back to each presidential election since 1996. Meanwhile, the Asian voter turnout rate increased to 49.3% in 2016, up from 46.9% in 2012 and surpassing Hispanics for the first time since 1996. Asians continue to represent a smaller share of voters than Hispanics: Overall, about 5 million Asians voted in 2016, up from 3.8 million in 2012.
Americans appear to be more engaged with this year’s midterm elections than they typically are. Not only do about half of registered voters report being more enthusiastic than usual about voting, up from 40% in 2014, but turnout has surged in the 31 states that already have held their congressional primaries – particularly among Democrats.
The total number of votes cast in Democratic House primaries so far this year is 84% higher than the total for the equivalent point in 2014. One reason: There have been a lot more contested primaries, which tend to attract more voters.
Republican turnout in House primaries also has increased, from a combined 8.6 million votes at this point in 2014 (7% of registered voters) to 10.7 million (7.9%) so far this year. But the increase is much smaller (24%) than on the Democratic side, and the total number of votes cast in Democratic House primaries is considerably higher. Overall turnout in U.S. Senate and gubernatorial primaries also is above 2014 levels.
It was a beautiful day to be surrounded by all that came out to march from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Wyandotte, to the chapel at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, where we held a prayer service and laid roses at the foot of the memorial stone for aborted babies, on the eve of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. The President of our local group, Ed Kroll, lit the memorial candle to mourn the victims of abortion, mothers, fathers, and babies.
Deacon Richard Bloomfield let us in prayer as members of our local Knights of Columbus stood at attention and other members took turn in reading parts of the responsive prayers. We were honored with the presence of so many young teenagers from St. Vincent Pallotti who joined us as part of their Confirmation Class.
The afternoon ended with an Open House at the Right to Life of Michigan Resource Center where we had pizza and donuts, and enjoyed the company of other pro-life activists. We also awarded a warm and cuddly throw to Carol Thorne, with the most beautiful picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe on it, as one of the donors for our Signature Ad. The name of the winner was chosen by Hannah Maciag, the beautiful young daughter of Angie Maciag, the Office Manager of our Resource Center.
Southern Downriver Right to Life has invited us to join them in their Trenton Memorial Day March for Life.
“Nothing could be finer than to be in Trenton, Michigan in the morning! Nothing could be sweeter than Right to Lifers marching in the morning!”
With apologies to Dean Martin, Al Jolson, Judy Garland, & the Carolinas, we need you next Saturday, May 27th at the Trenton Memorial Day Parade.
The parade is relatively short, about 1 mile, and is a lot of fun!
Because West Rd. is under construction, we will gather at King Rd. and Westfield. The line-up starts at 9:30 AM, and the parade starts at 10:00. We will march south on Westfield from King to Fort Street. Parking is available at Trenton High School and the Kennedy Ice Arena. Wear any Right to Life attire you have: shirts, pins, hats, etc. Otherwise, wear something with a patriotic (red, white, & blue) theme. If you don’t have any of this stuff, don’t worry, you will be just fine.
This is a great way to get a little exercise and stand-up for The Right to Life, the very first right Thomas Jefferson wrote about in our Declaration of Independence.
It will be beautiful parade in a beautiful city on a beautiful spring day.
But it will not compare with the beautiful smile on the Good Lord’s face when He sees YOU marching for His unborn children in the Trenton Memorial Day Parade.
So go ahead. Put a smile on God’s face. See you there.”
Southern Downriver Right to Life
(Excerpt from Michigan Right to Life Blog)
“New Center for Medical Progress video: laughing about ripping out eyes
The Center for Medical Progress released a new video today showing a montage of abortionists callously talking about abortion.
“Released” isn’t the right word because it was an unlisted YouTube link simply titled “preview.” Someone, somehow got wind of it and posted the link to it today. The clips include some old video but it appears to be mostly new footage at National Abortion Federation (NAF) events. The Center for Medical Progress has yet to share it themselves outside of their unlisted YouTube link….
NAF is currently in court to block the release of additional undercover footage taken at their events. A quick view of the video and you can see why. Who jokes about ripping eyeballs out of babies’ heads and having them fall on you?”
To read the entire article, please go to: http://rlmblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/new-center-for-medical-progress-video.html
Dear Defenders of LIFE:
Witness to LIFE and Call for the Defunding of PP– That Battle is NOT Yet WON!
Join the Protests and Prayer Vigils at Michigan Planned Parenthoods as part of the Nationwide Protest PP Event.
Friday April 28th/ Saturday, April 29th
See all Michigan Locations Below
Now is not the time to back away from our pro-life witness– but indeed to continue to publicly stand for LIFE–and continue to shed a spot light on the anti-life practices of Planned Parenthood.
And–as I write this memo PP is STILL NOT DEFUNDED!! Indeed there will be a sit-in at Speaker Paul Ryan’s office in D. C. on April 27th to urge him to stop stalling and bring a vote to DEFUND PP!
YOU KNOW THE OTHER SIDE IS FIRED UP!! AND SUPPORTERS OF PP HAVE BEEN STAGING PROTESTS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES!
LET US NOT NEGLECT OUR DUTY TO STAND FOR LIFE!!
Here are the Michigan locations:
Planned Parenthood – Ann Arbor-West Health Center, 2370 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (Map & Directions) Rally and Jericho March: 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Contact the pro-life leader in Ann Arbor Sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society Ann Arbor.
Planned Parenthood – Ann Arbor Health Center,
3100 Professional Dr, Ann Arbor , MI 48104 (Map & Directions) Rally: 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Contact the pro-life leader in Ann Arbor. Sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.
Planned Parenthood – Detroit Health Center, 4229 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (Map & Directions) Protest: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28. Contact the pro-life leader in Detroit. Sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Pro-Life Detroit.
Planned Parenthood – Irwin/Martin Health Center, 425 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (Map & Directions) Time: 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28. Note: For more information, please call Grand Rapids Right to Life at 616-532-2300. Contact the pro-life leader in Grand Rapids. Sponsored by Grand Rapids Right to Life.
Planned Parenthood – Kalamazoo Health Center, 4201 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 (Map & Directions) Picket: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29. Contact the pro-life leader in Kalamazoo. Sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Pro-Life Detroit.
Planned Parenthood – Lansing Health Center, 300 N Clippert St, Lansing, MI 48912 (Map & Directions) Prayer Vigil: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29. Note: Meet across the street on Clippert on the grassy berm that is the public right of way. Please park in the Sears parking lot. Contact the pro-life leader in Lansing,
Planned Parenthood – Muskegon Health Center, 209 E Apple Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442 (Map & Directions) Prayer Vigil: 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 beginning at Allen Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Note: Group will gather at Allen Avenue Christian Reformed Church, 695 Allen Avenue map and process to Planned Parenthood. Contact the pro-life leader in Muskegon. Sponsored by Muskegon County Right to Life.
Planned Parenthood – Petoskey Health Center, 1003 Spring Street, Petoskey, MI (Map & Directions) Protest: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28. Contact the pro-life leader in Petoskey.
St. Joseph Church, 12675 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686 (Map & Directions)
Prayer Vigil: 11:00 a.m . – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Contact the pro-life leader in Traverse City
The 11th annual Archdiocesan Pro-life Youth Conference “Justice for All-Be Their Voice” will be held April 29th at Bishop Foley High School, 32000 Campbell Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071, beginning at 12noon.
The conference will feature Emmy award- winning Keynote speaker Ryan Bomberger from the Radiance Foundation who will speak on The Beauty of Possibility and the Social Injustice of Abortion, as well as his break-out session Adopted and Loved.
Additional break-out sessions affirming student’s personal worth and their unique purpose include:
Vendor Resource Tables Representatives will be on hand to share valuable resources with students. Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hanchon will cap off the conference with the celebration of Sunday Vigil Mass following Praise and Worship at 4:45. Opportunity for Confession, Adoration, Praise & Worship as well! Following Mass students are welcome to stay for dinner, and a closing DJ dance, ending at 9:30 pm.
Register today …don’t miss out!! www.prolifeyouth.com
Cost: $18 for groups advance/ $20 at the door – includes original conference T-shirt, take away resources, dinner and DJ dancing! $10 Dance Only.
All 8th Grade through college students are welcome to attend! Bring a friend, make some friends, have a great time, and hope to see you there!
It’s been clear from the beginning of his nomination process that Judge Neil Gorsuch is well-qualified to fill the shoes of Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. The American Bar Association agrees, giving him their highest rating: “well qualified.” The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Gorsuch to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006.
Several groups are opposing his nomination, including abortion supporters like Planned Parenthood. It’s clear their fears have nothing to do with Gorsuch’s judicial experience or his personal views; they fear him because he’s fair-minded.
In his writings and public statements, Gorsuch has made it clear he believes the role of judges is to rule based on what the law says. Simple enough, right? Not for abortion supporters. For years, they have relied on judges to rig the system in their favor.
A biased court system has significantly reduced trust in our democratic process. Millions of Americans of all political persuasions have come to believe established power players are willing to ignore or even subvert their choices in our democratic process. They aren’t wrong.
On November 7, 1972, 60 percent of Michigan voters took to the polls to keep our state’s law respecting the rights of the unborn child. A version of that law has been in effect since 1846, maintained by generations of voters and elected representatives and coexisting for more than a century with the U.S. Constitution.
None of this mattered when Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were handed down several weeks later on January 22, 1973. Seven judges who personally supported abortion discovered that the Constitution requires abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Unable to directly cite any text in the Constitution to support their personal views, the judges asserted they can be found in the penumbras formed by emanations created by zones.
Those seven judges privileged their own personal views over those of voter and duly elected representatives.
Prolife groups aren’t expecting Gorsuch to impose our agenda through legal magic tricks. All we want is to restore a fair democratic process so our voices have an opportunity to be heard. Based on his record, Gorsuch is a fair-minded judge who lets voters and legislators exercise their proper roles in our government.
The U.S. Senate must consider Judge Gorsuch with all due diligence, but his record indicates those who seek fairness have nothing to fear.
Third Week of Action You Can Take
Next Monday, March 20, is the big day! The Gorsuch hearings will begin in the Senate Judiciary Committee. This week is your opportunity to do two tasks to help people and the press begin to focus on next week’s events:
1. Submit an editorial or letter to the editor to your local paper
2. Encourage your affiliate members to submit letters to the editor
Below are sample letters to the editor you can borrow ideas from, and a reminder of our three talking points. I’ve also attached the editorial we’ll be submitting to the state’s major papers this week, feel free to borrow and steal parts of it as well.
Sample letter to the editor #1:
Our government relies on three co-equal branches of government. Congress writes the laws. The President assents and executes the laws. The Judiciary applies the law to cases and controversies. For too many times in our nation’s history, this has not been how our government operates. Our Supreme Court and lower court judges have often legislated from the bench. They have substituted their personal bias for the will of voters and their elected representatives. This harms our democratic system. Imagine a football game where the outcome depends on which referee is calling the game. Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, is a judge who will rule based on the law, not his personal feelings. He’s well qualified to serve, and deserves a fair hearing in the U.S. Senate. Let’s leave lawmaking to the voters and their elected lawmakers.
Sample letter to the editor #2:
Judge Neil Gorsuch is a well-qualified judge with a lot of experience. He has degrees from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford. He has served as a U.S. circuit court judge for 10 years. Judge Gorsuch will respect the rule of law and the role of judges in our democratic system. Justice Antonin Scalia, who Gorsuch has been nominated to replace on the U.S. Supreme Court, was also a firm believer that voters and their representatives write laws, and judges should apply laws as they are written. Judge Gorsuch deserves a fair hearing in the U.S. Senate, and should not be filibustered simply because Senate Democrats don’t like him or voters’ decision during the election. Elections have consequences and changes should be in the hands of our voters, not unelected judges. Let judges judge and let voters decide our future.
For more information click on: www.RTL.org
Once again the high school participants were wonderful earlier today when they gave their presentations at the Southgate Veteran’s Memorial Library.
Michael will now go on to compete in the state competition on May 6, and hopefully to the national competition. You can see and hear their presentations, and parts of the event in the following video.