Michigan Catholic Conference Supports End Dismemberment Abortion Petition Drive

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Our next Petition Drive at the parish is Sept 28-29. If you want to get involved, please contact Patricia at pellison@stpatchurch.org.

Please know where you are registered to vote before signing a petition. You can find this at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us

Signatures collected so far at our parish: 1757 (our goal is 3000 by the end of the 180 days we have).

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petition drive seeks to ban dismemberment procedures

A citizen’s initiative petition drive to prohibit the dismemberment abortion procedure in Michigan has now begun. Dismemberment abortion (also known as dilation and evacuation or D&E) is a particularly gruesome procedure that deserves no place in civilized society. It involves tearing a live baby apart limb by limb inside the womb and individually removing each of its body parts. It is the most common abortion procedure used in the second trimester of pregnancy. In 2018, there were 1,908 D&E abortions performed in Michigan.  That’s more than 5 per day, every day in the state. That’s a number greater than the deaths due to breast cancer and gun homicides combined in Michigan.

This petition drive, operating under a committee named Michigan Values Life, is organized by Right to Life of Michigan and is supported by Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC). In order to propose a ban on dismemberment abortion to the Michigan Legislature, the signatures of approximately 340,047 registered voters must be gathered within 180 days of June 26. The goal is to gather 400,000 signatures throughout the summer and early fall. 

Michigan has a long-standing ban on abortion, some say, the strongest pro-life law in the country, which is not fully enforced as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Because of that, any pro-life legislation must be carefully evaluated to ensure that it will not weaken or repeal the state’s existing law. Since 1846, Michigan law has banned all abortions. The state’s most current abortion ban went into effect in 1931, providing exception only to save the life of the mother. Following the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the 1931 ban was upheld by the Michigan Supreme Court, within the parameters of Roe, and continues to ban abortions post-viability. Therefore, Michigan’s complete ban on abortion will go back into effect when Roe is overturned.

About the Heartbeat Bill

The Michigan Values Life initiative must not be confused with a second petition drive also taking place – Michigan Heartbeat Coalition – which would ban abortion after cardiac activity is detectable. MCC has serious concerns with this proposal. The measure could liberalize Michigan’s existing abortion laws and weaken the complete ban on abortion that remains in Michigan law (and which would become fully enforceable if Roe v. Wade is overturned). Michigan Heartbeat Coalition is not supported by MCC or Right to Life of Michigan. Please click on the MCC Official Statement button on the left to read their position.

Will this legislation ban all abortions?

No. This law will only ban a specific type of abortion procedure used most often in the second trimester. Michigan law already bans all abortions except to save the life of the mother. Our current law cannot go into full effect until Roe vs. Wade is overturned. In the meantime, banning this heinous form of abortions could save 1,908 unborn babies from being dismembered in the womb. 

Additional information on the End Dismemberment Abortion ban is available at Michigan Values Life.

Our Diocese and Bishop Boyea urge support to the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Petition and our parish is eager to contribute with as many valid signatures of registered Michigan voters as possible. We need to collect nearly 400,000 in the next few months. Livingston County is expected to collect 10,000 and we, at St. Patrick, want to collect 3,000!