The ballot initiative to register abortion rights is “sad” and “harmful” | Catholic National Register

Abortion advocacy groups in Michigan have launched a voting initiative to override a state abortion ban – which is currently not enforced – through a constitutional amendment.

Abortion advocacy groups in Michigan have launched a voting initiative to override a state abortion ban – which is currently not enforced – through a constitutional amendment. The Michigan Catholic Conference said the effort shows the power of the abortion industry to influence state policy.

“More than anything, women who are considering an abortion deserve support, love and compassion. For decades, abortion has been touted as the only option, harmless and easy, but we know it’s a lie. Abortion hurts women, ”said Rebecca Mastee, policy advocate for the Michigan Catholic Conference, Jan. 7.

“Today’s news that some are seeking to enshrine abortion in the state constitution is a sad commentary on the disproportionate and nefarious role the abortion industry plays in our politics and our society. We look forward to supporting women in a potential statewide election campaign to promote a culture of life and good health for mothers and unborn children. “

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan are two of the organizations sponsoring the election campaign. Organizers of the poll initiative need around 425,000 valid voters’ signatures to present it to the electorate in November, the Associated Press reports.

According to another group involved in the campaign, Michigan Advance, the ballot measure would amend Michigan’s constitution to explicitly affirm the Michiganders’ right to “make and enforce decisions relating to pregnancy, including abortion, birth control. , prenatal care and childbirth ”.

Michigan is one of many states with an abortion law that is currently unenforceable due to Roe vs. Wade. A Michigan law of 1931 considered it a crime to perform an abortion unless “necessary to preserve the life of such a woman.”

Michigan is not the only state where efforts to enshrine abortion rights into state law are underway. In Vermont, a similar ballot measure is in the works and will likely feature on the November ballot.

New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill on January 10 that codifies a “fundamental right to reproductive autonomy, which includes the right to contraception, the right to terminate a pregnancy, and the right to carry a pregnancy to term. “. This bill awaits the signature of the Governor of New Jersey.

Michigan recorded nearly 30,000 abortions performed in 2020, the highest number in the state since 1996, but still 40% below the peak of 49,000 in 1987, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called on the Republicans-led Michigan legislature to repeal the abortion ban.

In late September 2021, Whitmer vetoed the state budget for around $ 16 million in funding for alternatives to abortion, sparking dismay at the state’s Catholic Conference.

“Governor Whitmer’s vetoes amplify this administration’s disappointing reality that the abortion industry is more important than vulnerable mothers and their unborn children,” said David Maluchnik, vice president of communications at the time. at the Michigan Catholic Conference.

The provisions that were vetoed included $ 10 million to develop “factual information materials on adoption as an alternative to abortion”; $ 1.5 million for pregnancy resource centers; $ 1 million for services to pregnant women and parents in colleges and universities; and $ 50,000 for the Department of Health to inform the public that it is not using taxpayer dollars to fund elective abortion.

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