Governor Snyder signed the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act into law on May 3. The bill was added to a broader package of bills on domestic violence that were also signed. The new law empowers 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 May 3 the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act by a vote of 3-1. The bills now move to the Senate floor where they await a vote. On March 24, the Michigan House voted to approve these bills 65-43. CAPA is commonsense legislation that will help protect a woman from being coerced into an abortion against her will. Evidence and testimony shows abortion coercion happens frequently to women facing crisis pregnancies.
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.
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.
Abortion methods and their aftermath
Abortion is brutal. The reality of abortion is the broken body parts left in the aftermath of taking the life of an innocent child. While it may be extremely difficult for people to look at the reality of abortion, it's important that all people thinking about the issue of abortion understand how an abortion works and what it does before coming to a conclusion about it's legality and acceptability.
Happy Mother's Day
The gift of motherhood: one of the most precious gifts in life. To be able care for a child—through good times and bad, struggles and milestones—is truly something special. So this Sunday, we commemorate all of you. Mothers are an amazing force. They are able to multitask like no one else. They hold powerful careers, bake the best cookies, are leaders in the prolife movement and the list goes on. Most importantly, they raise strong men and women who will become brilliant leaders, hard workers and help change this world to appreciate a culture of life.
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.
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.