On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 against abortion clinic health and safety regulations in Texas. Justice Stephen Breyer’s opinion in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt will continue to allow substandard and dangerous abortion clinics to operate throughout the country. The majority opinion cited reasonable health regulations as an “undue burden” on women’s health because many Texas abortion clinics will close after failing to meet basic health and safety standards.
On June 8, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law HB 4787 and HB 4830, the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (CAPA). More than a decade in the making, CAPA will help stop coerced abortions in Michigan. Research confirms that a substantial number of women feel forced to have an abortion against their will. Women are coerced through threats of physical violence, withdrawal of financial support, loss of housing and violation of employment contracts or other legal agreements. CAPA defines coercion to abort as a specific crime and allows legal protections passed in 2012 to finally take affect, including screening for coercion at abortion clinics.
Thomas Gordon, the main abortionist in Grand Rapids for 30 years, is once again in the news. Gordon’s failure to report legal troubles to the state of Michigan means he isn’t complying with the law. This could lead to a license probation, suspension or fine. The convictions that have not been reported include aggravated assault, domestic violence, disorderly person, and operating while intoxicated, dating back to 1992. Right to Life of Michigan's report on the state's abortion industry in 2012 revealed widespread abuses and state regulatory failures.
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.
What’s new at Right to Life of Michigan?
Check out the Summer edition of the Right to Life of Michigan News online. See updates on our affiliates around the state, new FDA rules for chemical abortions, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Read also about Michigan’s positive prolife momentum, which reflects all the hard work of grassroots prolife citizens.
We need your help
School is out and summer time is here. Need something to do this summer? Come join our volunteers and help spread a prolife message! Summertime is a great time to volunteer with us as many affiliates get out into their communities at fairs and parades. These activities are a great way to enjoy the summer weather and meet new people, while sharing the truth about life.
What is PAS?
PAS stands for Post-Abortion Syndrome and is similar to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For example, one study has found that more than half of women who had abortions experienced emotional distress a year later. What else happens to women and men after an abortion? Check out our new brochure to learn more about Post-Abortion Syndrome and to find resources for forgiveness and healing.
Encourage others to vote prolife
Electing advocates for the unborn is vital to ensure that prolife laws are passed. We have created two new election flyers that educate people about the importance of voting prolife. The front gives the webpage for finding Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee endorsements and the back shares the impact that voting has had on prolife issues. These flyers are perfect hadouts for summer fairs.