July 11, 2006

Anti-abortion constitutional amendment petition falls short in Michigan

National Right to Life does it again - this time in Michigan...

Right to Life of Michigan did not support the petition drive to ban abortion in Michigan by a state constitutional amendment, and neither did the Michigan Catholic Conference.

This same scenario of [so-called] "Right to Life" organizations undermining strong, principled, no-exceptions abortion ban legislation has been played out in at least South Dakota, South Carolina, Ohio, and now Michigan as well !

Christian pro-lifers who support principled legislation to ban all abortions should stop giving their money, support, and involvement to National Right to Life, and to National Right to Life's state chapters (such as Right to Life of Michigan, and South Carolina Citizens for Life) - these arms of NRL have repeatedly, now in several states, not supported and/or worked against the efforts of those who are trying to establish justice for pre-birth human beings by working for the passage of legislation/constitutional amendments at the state-level to ban all abortions.

They Love 'Political Power' More Than Life



Building up and supporting National Right to Life is therefore self-defeating for those who want to see strong, principled, no-exceptions abortion ban legislation passed in their state !

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:..." Hosea 4:6a

Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
Columbia, SC
July 11, 2006

In South Carolina, the "Right to Life Act" recognizing the legal "personhood" of all pre-birth human beings (and thus banning all abortions) was supported by Columbia Christians for Life, Voice of the Unborn, and the League of the South, but the bill was not publicly supported by South Carolina Citizens for Life (NRL), nor by the Palmetto Family Council (the Focus on the Family affiliate in S.C.), nor by the lobbyist for the South Carolina Southern Baptist Association.


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Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 12:13:36 -0400
To: Columbia Christians for Life CCL@ChristianLifeandLiberty.net
From: Columbia Christians for Life CCL@ChristianLifeandLiberty.net
Subject: Anti-abortion petition falls short in Michigan



Article published Jul 11, 2006

Anti-abortion petition falls short in Michigan

Group wanted to get enough signatures to put issue on ballot.


Associated Press Writer

LANSING -- A group that wants to make abortion illegal in Michigan did not collect enough signatures to qualify its issue for the November ballot.

Michigan Citizens for Life needed to turn in at least 317,757 signatures of valid state voters to elections officials by Monday. The group likely collected fewer than 300,000 signatures, organizers said.

The group wants to change the state constitution to legally define a person as existing from the moment of conception. If successful, the initiative could have sparked a legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Michigan Citizens for Life leader Cal Zastrow said the group's focus will now shift to the future. That could include gathering petition signatures again next year or getting the Legislature to sponsor the constitutional amendment.

If the measure were to be introduced in the Legislature, two-thirds of both the House and Senate would have to approve the proposal in order for it to go before voters."We're talking about that and working on that now," Zastrow said. "We're talking about our plans from here on out. I am encouraged."

The Michigan Citizens for Life campaign was hurt because Right to Life of Michigan and the Michigan Catholic Conference did not support it.

Right to Life of Michigan has said the state already has a law on the books that could be used to ban abortion if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. It would take a court action for the pre-existing Michigan law to take effect, the anti-abortion group has said in a legislative analysis.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing reiterated Monday that the group's priorities for the 2006 election cycle include electing public officials who are opposed to abortion.

The opposition to the petition drive took Michigan Citizens for Life leaders somewhat by surprise."We'll be more prepared for the opposition," Zastrow said of future efforts by his group.

Other anti-abortion groups, including the American Life League, supported the Michigan Citizens for Life petition drive.

The American Civil Liberties Union had said it would file a lawsuit to block the Citizens for Life proposal if it makes the ballot and voters approve it.

The number of reported induced abortions in Michigan totaled 25,209 in 2005, the lowest level since detailed record-keeping began about 30 years ago, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The abortion rate -- the number of abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 to 44 -- was 11.9 last year. That equals the previous low rate recorded in 1999.

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