Thank you for a successful 2016
As the 2015-2016 legislative session comes to a close in Michigan, we have a moment to look back before we begin the process again for important pieces of prolife legislation in 2017.
Thanks to your efforts we were able to pass three important pieces of legislation in 2016.
The Coercive Abortion Prevention Act was finally finished. This legislation adds to Michigan's current anti-extortion/coercion provisions by including coercion to abort as a specific crime. It is now illegal to coerce a woman to abort by threatening or actually committing the following actions: physical assault, withdrawing financial support or terminating or otherwise violating a legal contract, destroying or concealing a passport or other identification, threats to deport or arrest.
The Rape Survivor Child Custody Act passed following our compassion project ad campaign. The legislation adjusts the process by which women who conceive through rape can eliminate custody and parenting time of the rapist. The standard for termination of custody and parenting time of a rapist is the same as for those who abuse or neglect their child.
The Fetal Organ Trafficking Ban was completed in only one session; bills usually take a few sessions/years to work their way through the system. The ban closes a loophole that allowed organizations like Planned Parenthood to sell the organs and tissue of aborted babies. Previously tissue traffickers could pay abortion clinics a procurement fee for removing and delivering fetal organs and tissue. Because there were no guidelines within the law for fees that can be collected, this state law prohibits any exchange of money while allowing the practice of fetal tissue and organ donations.
Check back in 2017 for legislation that needs your grassroots lobbying help!
Stop dismemberment abortions
Protecting unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortions is a legislative priority for Michigan. 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. Legislation has been introduced adding D&E dismemberment abortions to our state's ban on partial-birth abortion. Learn more about dismemberment abortions.
ACTION NEEDED: Circulate the Petition to End Dismemberment Abortions. The petition can be found here.
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