On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of King v. Burwell, upholding federal subsidies for health insurance purchased on health exchanges. Because of grassroots efforts to collect more than 316,000 signatures to pass the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act in 2013, plans purchased in Michigan do not include abortion coverage. Federal tax dollars will continue to subsidize abortion coverage in states without an opt-out law, however.
For years Michigan abortion businesses weren't properly regulated or inspected. The Abortion Abuses and State Regulator Agency Failure Report released by Right to Life of Michigan in 2011 showed that most clinics were not in compliance with state laws and highlighted a vital need for thorough oversight and enforcement. Now, after passing the Prolife Omnibus Act in 2012, abortion businesses are being held increasingly accountable. See an update on recent cases.
An in-depth article in The New Yorker magazine examines the reality of euthanasia in Belgium. "The Death Treatment" follows the story of Tom Mortier, who discovered in a letter that his mother had been euthanized. The article poses the question, "when should people with a non-terminal illness be helped to die?" Never. Euthanasia quickly moves from killing the terminally ill to killing the depressed and the disabled.
A Michigan House committee recently addressed H.B. 4481, the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. The bill was inspired by the story of Shauna, who became pregnant after surviving rape. Shauna faced a custody battle with her attacker over her daughter. The Rape Survivor Child Custody Act would make the standard for termination of parental rights in cases of sexual assault the same as cases of child abuse or neglect.
First-of-its-kind legislation would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortion. The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act 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. Know the facts and be ready to respond to protect children preparing to be born from unthinkable brutality.
Living proof of the power of love and compassion
Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund is proud to introduce four incredible short films and 30 second TV spots showing how love and compassion saved and improved the lives of the women featured. Abortion was not the answer, and they are living proof—even in the hardest of situations.
Gear up for summer!
Summer has officially arrived. The Right to Life of Michigan Prolife Shop is featuring a new shirt: Prolife Generation, Made in Michigan. The shirt is available in youth and adult sizes. Other great itmes and prolife apparel are available as well.
Youth Infographic Contest is July 6
College and high school-aged students have until Monday, July 6 to submit an entry for the 2nd Annual Youth Infographic Contest. An infographic is a graphic or visual representation of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. Finalists will have their works shared on Right to Life of Michigan social media networks and be open for a public vote. Help spread a prolife message using your talents and knowledge.
Beating cancer with adult stem cells
You don't hear much about embryonic stem cell research anymore as no cures have materialized, but advances and treatments from ethical sources of stem cells continue on. Watch a short video about Paul Wagle and how stem cells from an umbilical cord helped Paul beat cancer.