Clearing Up Confusion About Heartbeat vs. Dismemberment

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We understand that some churches have recently received requests from the Heartbeat Coalition to make their petitions available after services.  Right to Life of Michigan (rtl.org) recommends that this is counter productive as explained in the article below.

Thank you again to everyone who signed the petition to ban dismemberment abortion. We reached our goal.  The signatures are currently being reviewed and validated by the election commission. Then the citizen initiated legislation to ban this late term abortion in Michigan will advance to the legislature where it is expected to pass and go into effect and cannot be vetoed by the governor.

Please read the following message for further information:

May 20, 2019Prolife News

On their website and in conversations with many, we’ve heard that the Heartbeat Coalition is misleading people about Right to Life of Michigan’s dismemberment abortion ban, telling people it will not save lives. The Heartbeat Coalition says the heartbeat ban they are working on with their own petition drive will save lives in Michigan. That’s not accurate.

Here’s a couple of quick points explaining why:

  • The heartbeat petition drive is not organized by Right to Life of Michigan and is separate from the petition drive to bypass Governor Whitmer’s veto of the dismemberment abortion ban.
  • Michigan law already bans abortions before and after a heartbeat is detected. Governor Whitmer wants to repeal our existing 100% abortion ban before Roe v. Wade is overturned and it can be fully enforced again.
  • A heartbeat ban can’t go into effect until Roe v. Wade is overturned. Our 100% abortion ban would also then be fully enforceable, making the heartbeat ban irrelevant. A heartbeat ban can never go into legal effect or stop a single abortion in Michigan.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court can use any prolife law to overturn Roe v. Wade, including a dismemberment ban.
  • We fear a pro-abortion judge could abuse the heartbeat ban to stop our 100% abortion ban from being fully enforceable when Roe v. Wade is overturned, keeping abortion legal in the first weeks of pregnancy.
  • Our dismemberment abortion ban would take away the most common late-term abortion procedure and will save lives. There is a legal path for it to be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court if they aren’t ready to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • Focusing on a dismemberment ban helps us educate Michigan citizens about the violence of abortion, just like the movie Unplanned.

Below is an in-depth discussion of this confusion.

Currently, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision blocks significant abortion bans from going into effect. That includes Alabama, Georgia, and other states that have recently signed different bans into law; lower courts strike these laws down using the precedent of Roe v. Wade. A heartbeat bill needs Roe v. Wade to be overturned in order to go into effect.

Michigan is unique. Michigan has a 100% prolife abortion ban already on the books. It bans all abortions except to save the life of mother, including before a heartbeat is detected. The Michigan Supreme Court and lower courts have consistently ruled that our 100% ban is in legal effect, but not fully enforceable because of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Once Roe v. Wade is gone, our 100% abortion ban goes back into full effect.

There is no practical chance that a conservative U.S. Supreme Court would uphold a heartbeat ban as constitutional while still blocking other abortion laws from taking effect.

A heartbeat ban could never go into legal effect in Michigan or stop a single abortion, because Michigan already has a heartbeat ban, legally speaking. You can’t double-ban something!

Planned Parenthood fears our 100% abortion ban. Governor Whitmer says she wants it repealed as soon as possible. Bills to repeal it have been introduced by pro-abortion state legislators. Even pro-abortion Attorney General Dana Nessel understands our road map to ending abortion in Michigan and wants to stop it.

Despite assurances from the Heartbeat Coalition and their legal advice from outside our state, there is a chance a heartbeat ban could harm our 100% prolife abortion ban. In the hands of a pro-abortion judge arguing that the new law replaces our 100% old law, a heartbeat ban in Michigan could keep abortions legal in the first few weeks of pregnancy after Roe v. Wade is overturned, costing thousands of unborn lives. We don’t like to discourage people who are excited about making a difference, but our view is based on legal advice from constitutional attorneys who are experts with Michigan law.

If you’d like to read some of those legal opinions, please click here and click here.

We’ve tried to explain these facts to the Heartbeat Coalition and their leadership from Ohio and Indiana.

We don’t need a heartbeat ban to end abortion in Michigan! We already have the exact law we need; we just need Roe v. Wade overturned for it to fully work. If there’s no practical chance for a heartbeat bill to go into legal effect, why put our current abortion ban in any danger? The Heartbeat Coalition says their ban will help force the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, but nobody can force the U.S. Supreme Court to take up any case. They can overturn Roe v. Wade using any prolife law once they are ready, including a dismemberment ban, or perhaps the Alabama abortion ban that’s more protective than a heartbeat ban.

We appreciate the prolife fervor of the Heartbeat Coalition’s Ohio and Indiana leadership; the heartbeat ban is a right bill, but for the wrong state. Our appeal to them is to focus their efforts on another state that isn’t in Michigan’s unique legal position. For example, when Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion will remain legal through all nine months of pregnancy in New York, the exact opposite of Michigan. A heartbeat bill in New York could go into legal affect there after Roe v. Wade is overturned and save so many lives. A heartbeat ban can’t legally save a single life here; it only has educational value.

It would be terrible if we botched a golden opportunity before us to educate Michigan citizens directly about the violence of abortion. When people see a video showing how dismemberment abortions work, it changes them. The movie Unplanned has been sweeping the nation because it shows the truth about abortion. This is exactly the right moment to have those conversations.

The Heartbeat Coalition has been confusing people about our dismemberment ban. It’s true a dismemberment ban won’t entirely ban late-term abortions, but it will stop many late-term abortions. The Abortion Industry relies on the dismemberment abortion procedure as the cheapest, quickest method. By using the dismemberment method, it allows them to “donate” the baby’s organs and other body parts for experiments. Taking that barbaric procedure away from them will save lives.

Our dismemberment ban simply adds the definition of the dismemberment abortion procedure to our existing partial-birth abortion ban. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld partial-birth abortion bans as constitutional, even with Roe v. Wade. Our dismemberment abortion ban has a legal path to being upheld in the courts, even if the Supreme Court isn’t ready to overturn Roe v. Wade. If the Supreme Court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, Michigan is set to ban all abortions—no heartbeat ban is necessary.

We’re strongly encouraging all prolife people in Michigan to focus on getting our dismemberment ban done by achieving the monumental taskof collecting 400,000 signatures. It would be such a waste if we fail in that effort because people were confused and distracted by a separate effort to ban something that’s already banned.

We’ve labored for 52 years to protect Michigan’s 100% abortion ban so that when Roe v. Wade is overturned, we can end all abortions in Michigan, not just abortions after 6 weeks. The end of Roe v. Wade is in sight! Let’s not risk snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Michigan. We can’t lose focus on this out-of-state heartbeat plan from leaders who won’t be here to help pick up the pieces if it works out poorly.

Let’s complete this life-saving task of ending dismemberment abortions by working alongside our long-time Michigan prolife and pro-family allies.

(Repost of Right to Life of Michigan’s May 20, 2019 Prolife News)

Make Sure to Vote PRO-LIFE!

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Good Afternoon,

 

I hope this email finds you well. In addition to Michigan’s usual August Primary and November General Elections there is a March 10th election we wanted you all to be aware of. This election date is specifically for the Presidential Primary and will feature two ballots, one for the Democrat candidates and one for the Republican candidates. Right to Life of Michigan PAC has endorsed President Donald J. Trump for reelection. President Trump will appear only on the Republican ballot in this Primary Election.

 

However, President Trump is not alone on the ballot. There are three long-shot candidates who will appear on the Republican ballot along side President Trump. While we are quite certain in the President’s ability to win the primary any under performance will invite more opposing money and resources into Michigan to defeat President Trump come November. To surmise, we can’t take anything for granted this election year. Michigan was the closest state that President Trump won in 2016 and we need to do all we can to deliver it again for him both in November and in March.

 

Absentee voting has already begun for this election and you are currently able to request ballots. When going to vote or requesting an absentee ballot you will have to pick only one ballot to vote on, Democrat or Republican, you will not be able to vote on both. All the Democrat presidential candidates are rabidly proabortion and have staked out radical positions on the life issues. The only prolife candidate in the race for President is Donald Trump. We encourage you completely and fully to vote for President Donald Trump in the March 10th Presidential Primary on the Republican ballot. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and thank you for your time.

 

Casey Kreiner
PAC Director
(616) 532-2300 | RTL.org

Picketing the CEO of Planned Parenthood – Canton, MI

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Lori Carpentier – Head of Michigan’s Planned Parenthood

(Reprint of letter from Lynn Mills)

Dear Pro-life prayer warriors and activist!

We have a Planned Parenthood event that you don’t want to miss! We plan on picketing the head of Michigan’s Planned Parenthood, Lori Carpentier next week when she appears as the invited speaker in Canton, Michigan for the Canton Democratic Club.

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The event will be on Oct 16, Wednesday from 6 PM to 7:15 PM rain or shine at 1150 S. Canton-Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188 at the Canton Municipal Building. Public Parking is available there. We have enough signs, but feel free to make and bring your favorite ones.

This Friday a Planned Parenthood satellite clinic in Saginaw, MI will be closing its doors for good. Any Planned Parenthood facility closing is a Blessing!

Planned Parenthood has taken SIX of their other satellite clinics over the last five years and turned them into abortion pill mills because abortion is where the money is! ABORTION IS THE Planned Parenthood MONEY MAKER!

We need to show up in high volume numbers to let the CEO of Planned Parenthood know this is unacceptable to the citizens in the state of Michigan and we will peacefully and prayerfully resist them at every turn!

Please spread the word with your prayer groups, social media and mailing list. The only way to stop the evil of child killing and Planned Parenthood is by doing something about it.

On Life Chain Sunday I noticed so many more people came out because it was a special event. Please consider this THAT special event! Give Lori Carpentier the pro-life welcome she deserves. VOLUMES of pro-lifers saying NO to ABORTION!

Put it on your calendar and rearrange your schedule if need be. Bring your church!

Amazon recently sent Pro-Life Michigan an email asking us to become part of their Smile.Amazon.com. When customers purchase items through this program a small percentage of the purchase is donated to the 501(c)(3) organization you list. Many of our supporters purchase items through Amazon and we encourage you to purchase your items through @ Smile.Amazon.com making sure you put in Pro-Life Michigan as the non-profit you want to donate to! As you know, I am a small organization and operate on a shoestring budget. I do not take a salary for all the time I devote to administrative and research efforts. I need every donation I can get to purchase signs, literature and obtain legal documents which need to be paid for.

In Christ,

Lynn Mills

www.ProLifeMichigan.org

2019 Annual Conference – Right to Life of Michigan

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

8:15 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Program
3:30 p.m. Closing

Reservations

Students $25
Individuals $55
Group (4+) $45
After Sept. 13 $65

Register

September 13 is the last day available for Conference registration refunds.

Cleary University, The Johnson Center, 3725 Cleary Drive, Howell, Michigan 48843
Register

General Session I:

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Jeanne Mancini
Preserving the Fire Within: Staying Energized and Joyful in the Battle for Life

Jeanne is President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the non-profit organization committed to restoring a culture of life in the United States, most notably through the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jeanne holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in the theology of marriage and family from the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Jeanne resides in northern Virginia with her husband, David.

General Session II:

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Brandon Buell
Jaxon Strong: Celebrating a Precious Life from a Father’s Perspective

Brandon Buell didn’t truly recognize the purpose behind his prolife convictions until the birth of his son, Jaxon, born in 2014 with an extreme and incurable brain malformation. Before his birth, hope for Jaxon’s life was nearly impossible. Abortion was suggested frequently by medical professionals who stated Jaxon may live only a few weeks—if he were to even survive delivery—and he would be significantly limited in his abilities. Through faith, Jaxon’s parents chose life for their son. Against all odds, Jaxon is now five years old.

Workshops:

Fundraising with Bill: Effective Major Gift Fundraising for Today

Bill Kean
Development Coordinator, Right to Life of Michigan

We Got More Prolife Resources Than Davy Crockett

Chris Gast
Director of Communication/Education, Right to Life of Michigan

Design 101: How to Catch the Prolife Eye

Brittany Lutz
Art & Marketing Director, Right to Life of Michigan

Proactively Prolife: A Study on Church Engagement

Reverend Christopher Thoma
Senior Pastor, Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School

For more information, please go to:  https://rtl.org/event/conference/

Fall Yard and Bake Sale

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If you are able to help by donating items to sell, baked goods, or to sit at our table and help collect signatures for our petition to end dismemberment abortion, please let me know!

Time slots available to help collect signatures during the sale:

Friday 9/13

9  a.m.-12:30 p.m.   _____________________________

12:30-4 p.m.             _____________________________

Saturday 9/14

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  ____________________________

12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.      ____________________________

Sunday 9/15

9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.     _____________________________

Please reply by email (WyandotteRLM@gmail.com) call the office (734) 288-8798) if you are able to help. Also, please free to come to shop or share this information with your friends, and your church even if you are unable to help.

Thanks so much, your help is always greatly appreciated!

2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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YOUR ANNUAL…….RLM STATE CONFERENCE 2019!  THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26

THE JOHNSON CENTER

CLEARY UNIVERSITY, HOWELL MI

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JEANNE MANCINI, PRESIDENT OF MARCH FOR LIFE

PUT INTO YOUR CALENDAR AS A “MUST ATTEND” EVENT!

The cost is: Students $25
Individuals $55
Group (4+) $45
After Sept. 13 $65

If you want to come, Upper Downriver RTL will help subsidize the cost. Please come to our September 10 meeting for details.  Please make plans to join us!

https://rtl.org/event/conference

Please visit above link for further information.

We hope to see YOU, and other members from each of our affiliates in attendance!

SEND IN YOUR REGISTRATIONS SOON – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS SEPTEMBER 13.

 

Pro-Life Regional Training Session

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On Thursday, June 20th we will be holding the Right to Life of Michigan Regional Training Session on our upcoming petition drive to BAN dismemberment abortion.

It is imperative we have all hands on deck for this initiative! If you plan to join us in getting signatures for the petition, it is very important you attend this session as there will be very valuable information including rules of the petition drive given to us during the session. Please clear your calendars for this if possible!

TRAINING SESSIONS HAVE LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY, SO RSVP’S ARE NECESSARY.

TRAINING LOCATIONS ARE IN:

  1. NOVI ON JUNE 17 FROM 6:30-8:00PM
  2. ALLEN PARK ON JUNE 20  FROM 6:30-8:00PM.

TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP BY JUNE 17TH WITH YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, CITY, EMAIL, PHONE NUMBER/MOBILE. ONCE YOU HAVE RSVP’d WE WILL INDICATE TO YOU FURTHER DETAILS FOR YOUR CHOICE OF TRAINING LOCATION.

If there are any questions regarding this event, please contact our RLM Field Representative for our area, Michelle Burke at 517-265-4802 or by email at mburke@rtl.org

 THANK YOU.