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

Every Human Life is Valuable

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Each human person is unique.  Everyone has their own special qualities.  Since the beginning of time, no two people are exactly the same.  Not even identical twins!  Each of us is created in the image and likeness of God (see Genesis 1:27)

There is a lot of interest in genealogy, because people want to know where they come from.  Each of us has a mother and a father.  It is biology.  There is a need to know our biological parents, even if we are not fortunate enough to be raised by both of them.  Children have a right to know and to be raised by their mother and their father.  A forever marriage is the natural means for loving family formation.  It is unfortunate for the child when that is not the case.

As a national people, we celebrate Mother’s Day.  We recognize the value and importance of our own mother on that day.  Everyone has a mother.  Mothers are critically important to the continuation of humanity!  So we celebrate mothers.

Just as important are fathers!  So we celebrate Father’s Day.  But in recent decades, many men have abdicated their role and the duties of fatherhood.  And society is hurting because of it.  Seventy percent of the children born in Detroit are born into families with no father, even though, obviously, someone “fathered” each child.  How can we encourage these child-less fathers to accept their responsibility?

And what about the mothers who abort their children because they have been abandoned by the child’s father?  There is a lot of hidden pain for the mothers and fathers of more than 60 million babies aborted in the United States in the last 46 years.

Seeking to reduce some of the pain, I am part of a group of people circulating a petition to ban dismemberment abortion.  This is a type of late term abortion that literally tears a child limb from limb while in its mother’s womb.  These children cry and no one hears.  We seek to respond to their cries.

With 400,000 signatures, this citizen initiated legislation will go directly to the legislature in Michigan, where it was already passed last May.  But the governor promised to veto it.  So we are going directly to the people.  With enough signatures, the governor cannot veto it. 

But we need help.  We have only until December to gather these signatures.  Many churches have held drives already.  Many registered voters signed  the petition when we were at Street Fairs and Festivals during the summer.  But we need more help.  If you can help, please go to the website: MichiganValuesLife.org and request a petition.  Sign it.  Ask your family and friends to sign and mail it in.  If you want to do even more, visit the Right to Life of Michigan Resource Center, 2010 Eureka in Wyandotte.  The babies need our help.  Mothers and fathers need our help.

If we don’t appreciate human life or respect and defend innocent life, what value is our own life?  Every human life is valuable.  Prove it!  Do something!  See MichiganValuesLife.org.

Sincerely,  Deborah Bloomfield

(Also submitted to the News Herald)

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

Catholic Parish Festivals – Volunteers Needed

Dear Defenders of Innocent Life,

We have opportunities at two Catholic parish festivals. Please let me know when and where you can help.  Please try to recruit a pro-life representative from the parish to come to UD-RTL meetings!

St. PIUS X Festival (14101 Superior, Southgate)
Friday, August 30

5-8 pm
1. Emmanuel Lughermo

2. __________________

Saturday, August 31

1 – 3:30 pm

1. Gail & Bob Bailey

2. __________________

3:30 – 6 pm

1. Gail & Bob Bailey
2. __________________

6-8:30 pm

1. Ed Graney

2. ___________________

Sunday, September 1

1 – 3:30 pm

1. Emmanuel Lughermo

2. ____________________

3:30 – 6 pm

1. Emmanuel Lughermo
2. ____________________

6-8:30 pm

1. Emmanuel Lughermo

2. _____________________

 
ST. ANDRE BESSETTE Festival (4250 W Jefferson Ave, Ecorse, MI 48229)

Friday, September 6, 2019

6-8:30 pm
1. __________________

2. __________________

Saturday, September 7

3 – 6 pm

1. _________________
2. __________________

6 – 9 pm

1. ___________________

2. ___________________

Sunday, September 8

12 noon – 3 pm

1. ____________________

2. ____________________

3 – 6 pm

1. ______________________
2. ____________________

6 – 9 pm

1. ______________________

2. _____________________

Contact Debbie Bloomfield at 734-934-2599 to sign up to volunteer.

Call to Holiness

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Cardinal Raymond Burke Speaking at Call to Holiness Event

Cardinal Raymond Burke accepted the invitation to speak at a conference of the non-profit Call to Holiness, Inc. in Detroit.  His topic is “Keeping Faith in a Time of Confusion.”  There is even more confusion now than when the topic was chosen!

Cardinal Burke has been an episcopal advisor of Call to Holiness since 2003 when he spoke at the annual Detroit conference while he was Bishop of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  It was only months before his appointment as Archbishop of St. Louis.

The conference dinner with Cardinal Burke as the keynote speaker will be held at Athena Hall in Roseville, just outside Detroit’s northeast side on Saturday, October 26.  Following the dinner will be a Holy Hour at Assumption Grotto.  On Sunday, the Cardinal will be the celebrant of a Pontifical Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) Mass at 11 a.m., also at Assumption Grotto, Detroit.  Those who register for the Saturday dinner will receive priority seating in the church.  Provisions are being made for overflow attendees to see the simulcast in the parish gymnasium.

Further information about the dinner conference can be found at www.calltoholiness.com or call 313-451-4659.

Raymond Leo Burke was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 1948.  He attended high school at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before attending the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Saint Paul VI on June 29, 1975.  He is a canon lawyer and scholar.

Consecrated a bishop in 1995 by Pope Saint John Paul II, he served for almost nine years as Bishop of La Crosse, where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  On December 2, 2003, Bishop Burke was named Archbishop of Saint Louis.  From 2008-2014, he served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.  He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.  In November 2014, he was named Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

Cardinal Burke has also served on the Congregation for Causes of Saints, the Congregation for Bishops, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Council of Cardinals and Bishops of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.  He is prefect emeritus and a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.

At the request of the late Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., co-founder of Call to Holiness and founder of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, Cardinal Burke is the International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate.  He is also an episcopal advisor for Catholic Action for Faith and Family, leading the Global Rosary Crusade “Operation Storm Heaven.”

For more information, reservation form, payment method, please click on:

http://www.calltoholiness.com/

Melvindale Street Fair Volunteers Needed

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Recently we’ve had a few new people showing interest in becoming more involved with Right to Life.  This is a perfect way to join in, meet some of the people who currently are involved in our local groups, and help us get the word out when it comes to pro-life.  Please help us find volunteers!

Cooperation between Upper Downriver Right to Life (UD-RTL) and Central Wayne County Right to Life (CWC-RTL) is allowing us to enter as an exhibitor at the Melvindale Street Fair on July 27 and July 28! The Street Fair is on Allen Road between Outer Drive and Oakwood Blvd. I will contact volunteers with our exact location on Saturday morning.  We need help with volunteers to fill the time slots.  Can you please share this with your volunteers and members.  Please RSVP to wyandotteRLM@gmail.com.

Emmanuel has offered to help with set up and some of the time there both days.  We can set up at 9 am on Saturday.

We need at least two people to volunteer each shift as follows:  Please provide name, phone and e-mail and reply to:  wyandotteRLM@gmail.com 

 
Thank you!
Debbie Bloomfield (734-934-2599)
and Rose Femminineo

SATURDAY – July 27
  • 9 – 11 am set up  
  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • 1-3:30 pm
  • 3:30 – 6 pm
  • 6 pm – 8:30 pm
SUNDAY – July 28
  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • 1-3:30 pm
  • 3:30 – 6 pm
  • 6 – 8:30 pm (tear down)

For more information visit their Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/melstreetfair