Polling Indicates Wide Voter Support for Restrictions on Abortion

Data Show Majority of Pro-Choice and Prop 3 Voters Support Parental Consent, Safety Standards

original date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
source: Michigan Catholic Conference (link)
contact: Dave Maluchnik (Vice President, Communications)

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“Lawmakers must decide if they stand with a majority of voters who support reasonable guardrails such as parental rights, informed consent, and health and sanitation standards for abortion facilities,” said Rebecca Mastee, J.D., policy advocate for MCC. “Even pro-choice voters and those who supported Proposal 3 last November have made clear that legislative protections for parents, women and children should remain in place.”

Online articles linked in this document:

https://wwmt.com/news/state/planned-parenthood-advocates-of-michigan-gretchen-whitmer-drop-abortion-restrictions-parental-consent-doctor-24-hour-waiting-period-insurance-coverage-licensing

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2022/10/20/michigan-endorsement-our-choice-for-governor/69574092007/

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This poll in the news:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/polling-indicates-wide-voter-support-for-restrictions-on-abortion-301826363.html

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/polling-indicates-wide-voter-support-174400137.html

Note: Data is from Marketing Resource Group’s spring 2023 poll, which was conducted March 13–17 of this year and yielded 599 responses from Michigan voters with a margin of error of 4%. Three-quarters of the responses came from cell phones.

Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.

Botched Abortions Killed Three Women…

From LifeNews

Botched Abortions Killed Three Women in Indiana Last Year, Two From “Safe” Abortion Pills

By Micaiah Bilger

Original date: May 1, 2023 at 10:04AM

Three women died along with their unborn babies in abortions last year in Indiana, including two by the supposedly “safe” abortion pills, according to state records obtained by Voices for Life.

The Indiana pro-life organization said it found records of more than 100 health and safety violations in 2022 by state abortion facilities, including the three women’s deaths and at least four cases where abortion facilities appeared to cover up the sexual abuse of girls as young as 13.

Read the rest there.

Doctor Confirms Abortion Pills Put Women’s Lives at Risk

From LifeNews

Doctor Confirms Abortion Pills Kill Babies, Put Women’s Lives and Health at Risk

By Mary Margaret Olohan

Original date: May 1, 2023 at 1:51PM

Pro-life experts warned Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford that the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow the distribution of abortion drugs to women and girls by mail is endangering women across the country.

Lankford discussed the ramifications of the move in an episode of his podcast “The Breakdown” with Dr. Donna Harrison, associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute and Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Erik Baptist.

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“It is important that people understand the reality behind this case and not some of the incredibly deceptive spin,” Harrison told Lankford. She explained that drug-induced abortion typically involves mifepristone, which blocks progesterone (which the woman’s body makes to let her body carry and nourish her unborn child).

“When mifepristone is around, the progesterone can’t allow the woman’s body to nourish the baby. This is a problem because then the baby dies, but the baby is not often expelled just by being dead. So a second drug has to be used, and that is misoprostol, and that drug causes the uterus to contract, and squeeze out the baby who has died, and hopefully the placenta.”

The problem, Harrison warned, is that the further along a woman is in her pregnancy, the less effective this drug cocktail is.

Read the rest (and watch the podcast) here.

Life On Display

Life On Display: “Why People Need to see an Ultrasound”

Video description: Hear the story of a great-grandmother’s reaction to seeing an ultrasound for the first time and part of my inspiration to create Life On Display.

Posted: May 2, 2023

Supreme Court Upholds Pro-Life Law Requiring Proper Burial for Babies Killed in Abortions

From LifeNews

Supreme Court Upholds Pro-Life Law Requiring Proper Burial or Cremation for Babies Killed in Abortions

by Steven Ertelt

Original date: May 1, 2023 at 3:58PM

After national controversy surrounding the Planned Parenthood abortion businesses’ sale of aborted babies and aborted baby body parts, then Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a new measure providing that aborted babies may be buried or cremated.

The new law, passed years before Dobbs overturned Roe v. Wade, would help stop the kind of sale of aborted babies and their body parts that Planned Parenthood facilities in other states have been caught arranging.

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But Planned Parenthood sued to stop the law from being enforced and the lawsuit eventually made its way to the Supreme Court.

Read the rest there.

The Abortion Pill Hokey Pokey

By Right to Life of Michigan Staff

What’s the current status of the abortion pill? Because of the U.S. Supreme Court, it remains the post-COVID wild west of mail-order abortions until at least May 17.

A federal judge in Texas originally ruled that the FDA’s original approval process for the abortion pill in 2000 violated federal laws and regulations. That’s the only correct legal decision.

That decision was appealed to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court, which attempted to literally split the baby and allow the abortion pill to continue to be used, but eliminated the FDA’s post-COVID rules update that allowed mail-order abortions. This was a temporary stay while the case proceeded.

Forget for a moment that it is undeniably against federal law to ship abortion pills through the mail to people. But since when did laws matter in America? They seem to be just words.

During COVID, the Biden Administration took advantage of the emergency to suspended abortion pill safety rules—at the behest of the Abortion Industry, and not for patient safety.

The 5th Circuit’s “compromise” was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which voted 7-2 on April 21 to dissolve the stay.

So, we wait until hearings on May 17 in the 5th Circuit to see the next step in this saga across three decades.

Abortion Pill: Back to the Fifth Circuit

A Right to Life of Michigan pro-life update.

Women and children continue to be put at risk due to the abortion pill littering the U.S. market thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The country anxiously awaited the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Texas Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s ruling on mifepristone. Ultimately, after a temporary stay for two days from Justice Samuel Alito, the court ruled against the Texas judge and sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court.

Several court rulings have been filed since the beginning of this journey in November of last year. To clear any confusion about the status of the abortion pill, here is a timeline:

  • November 2022: Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine filed a lawsuit challenging the FDA’s unlawful approval of the abortion pill.
  • April 7th: Texas Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk agreed that the approval was unlawful while simultaneously a Washington State judge ruled that no changes need to be made to the FDA’s approval of the drug.
  • April 12th: the Fifth Circuit weighed in on the case and ultimately decided that while they are reviewing the facts, the abortion pill will be available but mail-order abortions and non-physician dispensing will be prohibited.
  • April 14th: Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary stay that expired Wednesday night, April 19th. The stay allowed for the distribution of the abortion pill without any restrictions. The stay was extended to Friday, April 21st.
  • April 21st: the temporary stay expired. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no restrictions can be placed on the drug.

The future of the abortion pill is now back in the hands of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. More updates to come as they unfold.


NPR: Supreme Court blocks lower court decision in case on FDA approval of abortion pill

By: Nina Totenberg

Original date: Friday, April 21, 2023 at 6:59 PM ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked lower court decisions banning or limiting the FDA-approved use of the abortion pill mifepristone for the foreseeable future.

But the justices, for now, left the case in the hands of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has scheduled oral arguments in the case for May 17. However the 5th Circuit rules, the case will almost certainly end up back at the Supreme Court, with the potential for a decision in the case next term.

The court’s action means that for now at least, the drug will be widely available, at least in those states where abortion is legal for up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy.

Read the rest here.


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