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Coercive Abortion Prevention Act passes Michigan Senate

By a vote of 26-11, the Michigan Senate passed the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (HB 4787 & 4830) on May 25. All Senate Democrats and Republican Tory Rocca voted no while 26 Republicans voted yes. This legislation now moves to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. CAPA adds to Michigan's current anti-extortion/coercion provisions by including coercion to abort as a specific crime. It will be illegal to coerce a woman to abort by threatening or actually committing the following actions: physical assault, withdrawing legally-required financial support, terminating or otherwise violating a legal contract, and other commons forms of coercion.

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Supreme court victory for Little Sisters of the Poor and RLM

On May 16 the U.S. Supreme Court reached an 8-0 decision in Zubik v. Burwell. Several organizations are suing the Obama Administration over the Department of Health and Human Service's contraceptive mandate, which requires employers to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives. Some of those drugs can potentially cause abortions. The decision requires lower courts to reach an accommodation that respects conscience rights and prevents the Obama Administration from enforcing crippling fines on nonprofits like Right to Life of Michigan that oppose being forced to help provide drugs that can end human life.

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Gov. Snyder signs Rape Survivor Child Custody Act

Governor Snyder signed the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act into law on May 3. The bill was added to a broader package of bills on domestic violence that were also signed. The new law empowers women who conceive after being raped and courageously choose to parent their child to limit the rapist's ability to wage a custody battle. The bill was inspired by Shauna's story, one of four stories told in Right to Life of Michigan's compassion project. Shauna was forced to choose between prosecuting her attacker and protecting her daughter.

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Dismemberment abortion bills advance to House floor

Protecting unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortions is a legislative priority for Michigan. On November 10, the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee advanced the bills to the floor by a 5-3 vote. A law is needed because D&E dismemberment abortions are as brutal as the partial-birth abortion method, which is now illegal in Michigan and the United States. Learn the facts about dismemberment abortions.

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Abortion methods and their aftermath

Abortion is brutal. The reality of abortion is the broken body parts left in the aftermath of taking the life of an innocent child. While it may be extremely difficult for people to look at the reality of abortion, it's important that all people thinking about the issue of abortion understand how an abortion works and what it does before coming to a conclusion about it's legality and acceptability.

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Michigan’s
long-term abortion decrease resumes in 2015

On May 18 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released their annual report on abortions in Michigan. Abortions decreased 1.7 percent in 2015, down 44.7 percent from their high in 1987. Abortions performed on minors decreased 11.2 percent, down 78.7 percent since 1990. A total of 27,151 induced abortions were reported in Michigan.

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Oratory contestants "Speak life!" at state contest

Maria Tizedes is the winner of the 27th Annual Right to Life of Michigan Ed Fund High School Oratory Contest. Maria is a home-schooled senior representing the Right to Life of Michigan affiliates in the Downriver area in Detroit. It was inspiring to see 19 students at the contest in Holt on May 14 speak passionately about prolife issues. The speeches covered topics such as abortion and disabilities, being prolife and pro-woman, rationalism, infanticide, and many more informative and enlightening topics.

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Is fetal organ trafficking against the law?

A series of undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress show Planned Parenthood staff discussing how Planned Parenthood affiliates would sell the body parts of aborted children and change abortion procedures to ensure the requested organs remain intact. Profiting from the sale of organs and tissue of aborted babies or changing procedures to facilitate the sales are against the law. The U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is currently investigating the matter.

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