U.S. Senate Democrats threaten to block human trafficking bill if it doesn’t allow tax-funded abortions
U.S. S enate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his Democratic colleagues are threatening to block a vote on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 unless it allows funds in the bill to be used to pay for abortions.
Among other items, the bill increases penalties on perpetrators of human trafficking, increases compensation for victims of human trafficking, and allows the Department of Justice to provide grants to develop or expand programs to deter human trafficking.
The bill was introduced on January 13 of this year and currently has 32 co-sponsors, including Michigan’s Gary Peters. This was truly a bi-partisan bill as numerous Democratic senators voiced their support for the bill on the Senate floor on March 4 and the bill was voted out of committee unanimously.
Earlier this week and nearly two months after the bill was introduced, the Democrats noticed the bill includes a provision (similar to the long-standing Hyde Amendment) which says the taxpayer funding in the bill cannot be used to pay for abortions. That’s when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his colleagues threatened to filibuster a vote on the legislation unless it allows abortion funding.
ACTION NEEDED: Please contact Michigan’s two U.S. Senators, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters, and urge them to allow a vote on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Victims of human trafficking need help and support, not tax-funded abortions.
State-wide educational campaign imparts the value of every life
The Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund state-wide campaign, the compassion project, includes TV spots and short films featuring women who share why they are prolife. These women bring a quiet voice to a noisy debate. Their life experiences convey a fresh perspective to an ongoing discussion: Is abortion justified in certain circumstances?
Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “Those in favor of abortion have pointed to survivors of rape to justify legalized abortion. There is a preconception that women who become pregnant from rape want to abort their children. This is a false stereotype not supported by fact. To counter this misconception, Right to Life of Michigan launched the compassion project. The women featured in the compassion project share why they believe rape should not be used as a reason to justify abortion.”
ACTION NEEDED: Share these ads with people and encourage them to visit the Right to Life of Michigan website to see the short films. You can use the Right to Life of Michigan YouTube channel to share the ads through email and social networking. The short films can be found here.
The Affordable Health Care Act, concerns of lack of access to quality health care
As advocates for life, we work on the behalf of defenseless or vulnerable human beings, born and unborn, within our identified life issues of abortion, infanticide and assisted suicide. Questions have surfaced with the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act about how this law is affecting access to health care in the United States.
ACTION NEEDED: Learn how the Affordable Care Act is affecting access to health care that could save a life as well as how national health care reforms restrict the ability to use private funds to receive adequate coverage and care that the government deems excessive or unnecessary.
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND HEALTH CARE ACCESS IN THE UNITED STATES
Educate others about life before birth - Life After 40
Since January 22, 1973, almost 56 million unborn children have been aborted. Their opportunity to feel a mother's sweet caress or to hear a father's hearty laugh was taken away by two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Despite this tragedy, protectors of life have worked to save vulnerable members of our human family. Lives have been spared from the violence of abortion because of the dedication of prolife people like you.
ACTION NEEDED: Share fetal development facts with your friends and family on social networks. You can also make a pledge and share a fetal development fact each week for the 40 weeks of pregnancy.
Report details abortion clinic abuses in Michigan
The Abortion Abuses and State Regulator Agency Failure Report released by Right to Life of Michigan has shown that most of Michigan's abortion clinics are not in compliance with dozens of state laws or regulations. The report also cites a vital need for oversight and enforcement on the part of Michigan agencies charged with holding health providers and facilities to account. The report prompted a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing & Regulatory Affairs.
ACTION NEEDED: Download the report or share it online with your friends and family. Our state government must hold abortion clinics accountable for failing to follow state law and regulations.
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