A Matter of Life or Death

By: Lisa Van Houten

From Hebrew midwives defying Pharoah’s edict to Christians in the early church rescuing abandoned babies in ancient Rome, God’s people have consistently been defenders of life.  With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a long-fought for victory, there can be a sense that the battle is won.  However, the vehemence of the left since that ruling shows that there will be no resting on our laurels.

Here in Michigan, pro-life Michiganders now have a fierce and uphill fight before us between now and November to protect the unborn.

As you may know, Michigan has a 1931 law on the books which bans abortion for all nine months of pregnancy.  That law was never rescinded; however, it was superseded by Roe v. Wade.  Now with the overturning of Roe, that ban on abortion in Michigan should have gone back into effect.  However, the left is pulling out all the stops to undermine that law and continue the slaughter of unborn babies in Michigan. The most concerning is a ballot proposal that Michigan voters will face this November.  A pro-abortion coalition launched a petition drive to amend Michigan’s Constitution.  If passed, the ballot proposal would enshrine an unlimited, constitutional right to abortion in Michigan through all nine months of pregnancy.  The referendum, deceptively named “Reproductive Freedom for All,” is not about reproductive freedom, which already exists.  Rather, it’s a radical proposal that, by amending the Michigan Constitution, would institute a constitutional “right” to abortion in this state and would prevent the legislature from passing any future restrictions on abortion in Michigan.

Sadly, abortion activists have already gathered enough signatures to put this pro-abortion constitutional amendment on the Michigan ballot this November.  By July 11, they had obtained over 753,000 signatures, far more than the 425,000 needed.    While it’s believed that many people who signed the petition weren’t informed of the radical nature of the ballot proposal, it’s concerning that such a large number of potential voters would be supportive.

Even more troubling is the vague, misleading language of the ballot proposal:  “Constitutional Amendment to: establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make and carry out all decisions about pregnancy, such as prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion, miscarriage management, and infertility; allow state to prohibit abortion after fetal viability unless needed to protect a patient’s life or physical or mental health: forbid state discrimination in enforcement of this right; prohibit prosecution of an individual, or a person helping a pregnant individual, for exercising rights established by this amendment; and invalidate all state laws that conflict with this amendment.”

Notice how the ballot proposal “hides” abortion in the midst of such uncontroversial non-issues such as prenatal and postpartum care.  The proposal would allow for abortion on demand until “viability” (24 weeks gestation); however, the verbiage “unless needed to protect a patient’s … mental health” would actually allow abortion up to the moment of birth.  The amendment also “prohibits prosecution” of those “helping” a person – including underage girls -obtain an abortion.  So, school employees or sexual predators preying on young girls can take minor girls for abortions – no questions asked and without the knowledge or permission of parents. These are just a few of the concerning ramifications if this ballot proposal passes.  For a more complete list:  https://supportmiwomenandchildren.org/analysis-of-the-abortion-amendment/.

In addition, note the verbiage that states it would “invalidate all state laws that conflict with this amendment.”  Not only would this eliminate the 1931 ban on abortion, it would repeal all of the steps pro-life Michiganders have fought for, such as a ban on partial-birth abortion, our state’s ban on tax-funded abortions, and protections of the conscience rights of doctors and nurses who don’t want to participate in killing an unborn baby.  Here’s a summary of the current laws which would be obliterated by this amendment.  https://supportmiwomenandchildren.org/amendment-summary/

Michigan Christians, it’s our generation’s turn to stand in defense of life.  We have three short months to educate our friends and neighbors about this extreme ballot proposal.  We cannot be complacent.  Educate your church, your family members, your friends and acquaintances; knock on doors in your neighborhood; lend your financial support to advertising efforts; and PRAY.

Recently, University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh boldly spoke in defense of the unborn, knowing he would incur the wrath of leftists nationwide.  Harbaugh spoke at a pro-life charity event, stating in part: I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born.  I love life.  … My faith and my science are what drives these beliefs in me.  Quoting from Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’

In God’s plan, each unborn human truly has a future filled with potential, talent, dreams and love.  I have living proof in my family, my children, and the many thousands that I’ve coached that the unborn are amazing gifts from God to make this world a better place.  …

Harbaugh continued with this exhortation: “If someone believes in what they stand for, they are choosing to stand for that position, and what kind of person are you if you don’t fight tooth and nail for what you stand for? You get to change hearts by fighting for what you stand for.”

From now until November, if you live in Michigan, fight tooth and nail.  If you aren’t a Michigander, please pray for the defeat of this proposal.  The lives of countless babies are literally at stake.


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