On April 20 the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives held a hearing titled "The Pricing of Fetal Tissue." Before the hearing several documents were released that clarifies the scheme used by Planned Parenthood and tissue procurement companies to traffic in the organs and tissues of abortion babies. A series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress first revealed these practices. Profiting from the sale of organs and tissue of abortion babies is a federal crime. Other issues the panel discussed were potential HIPAA privacy law violations and improper informed consent practices.
On April 14 the Michigan Senate voted 37-0 in favor of HB 4481, the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. The bill was added to a broader package of bills on domestic violence. The bill would empower 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.
On April 7, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that he filed a lawsuit to shut down the Summit Women’s Center abortion clinic in Detroit. Summit Women’s Center is the oldest abortion clinic in the state of Michigan. The abortion clinic has been operating illegal for nearly a year. State law requires professional corporations like Summit Women’s Center to be owned by a licensed professional, but the clinic owner is not a licensed physician. The clinic's annual report also falsely certified that the owner was licensed to provide professional medical services.
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.
Prolife Youth Award winner announced
Dillon Stevenson, nominated by Washtenaw County Right to Life, is the winner of the 2016 Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund Outstanding Prolife Youth Award. He has been an exceptional leader throughout high school, raising funds to purchase an ultrasound for a local pregnancy center, organizing a diaper drive as well as organizing an apologetics event for students. He has helped with Right to Life of Michigan booth at fairs and attended many of his local affiliate's events. Read more about his achievements, as well as the achievements of three other young leaders who received honorable mentions.
NRLC supports Ted Cruz for primaries
National Right to Life — a coalition of prolife groups in 50 states including Right to Life of Michigan — announced their support for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican presidential primaries. As solicitor general of Texas, Ted Cruz helped lead states in defending prolife laws before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ted Cruz has a 100 percent prolife voting record.
Celebrating all mothers
Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day, a great day to recognize the precious gift of life that all mothers give their children. One easy way to show your appreciation to all mothers in your church or organization is by giving them prayer cards. The beautiful cards created by Right to Life of Michigan are just 10 cents apiece and are a simple way to thank mothers for all of the lives they have nurtured. We also have cards for Father's Day available.
Your history in the womb
Did you know that an unborn child’s heart starts beating at 21 days? Or that at 10 weeks her fingernails start to form? Check out our new fetal development page to learn in detail how a child's life begins and grows in the womb. A flyer with these facts is available to download and print freely, and there is a wonderful full-color poster available in the RLM Store.