information submitted by Right to Life of Michigan
On June 24th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade in its entirety, upholding the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban, and returning the issue of abortion back to the states. The U.S. Supreme Court justices solidified the decision in a (6-3) ruling.
This decision allows for states to decide their own laws regarding abortion. Michigan currently has a 1931 abortion law on the books that bans abortion starting at fertilization with a life of the mother exception.
The following statement is attributed to Right to Life of Michigan President, Barbara Listing:
The U.S. Supreme Court justices who voted to overrule Roe are on the right side of history today. This monumental day gives the states the ability to restore legal rights to the unborn hopefully, in turn, ceasing the unjust slaughtering of the innocent in our country. We stand by our justices and thank them for their courage and wisdom in overruling a law that has plagued our society for the past 50 years.
We urge the public and pro-abortion activists to accept this decision without violence and retaliation. The overturning of Roe v. Wade was made possible by working with the legal system and following laws. We know that one day Michigan’s 1931 abortion law will be enforced again, and the unborn will be protected against ableism, sexism, and racism. We will continue to peacefully work towards this through the legal system.
We will also continue to use our resources and time to protect the right to life… In the meantime, we know that lives will be saved every day and families will be finding support at the 150 pregnancy resource centers across the state.
We honor the 63 million lives lost from abortion in the past 50 years by dedicating all our efforts towards keeping Michigan a life-affirming state. We cannot change the past but thanks to the overruling of Roe v. Wade, we can control the future for our children and families.
Citizens to Support MI Women and Children coalition spokeswoman, Christen Pollo, issued this statement:
Our coalition is made up of prolife organizations that have been waiting 50 years for Roe v. Wade to be overturned. We are grateful to see the fall of Roe in the height of our efforts to stop the anything-goes abortion amendment. We have been preparing to protect Michigan’s 1931 abortion law for this very moment. The anything-goes RFFA abortion amendment is working to add a right to abortion in our state constitution that would allow abortion for anyone, anytime, anywhere, and anyway.
We will continue to fight for human rights for all, no matter age, size, location, gender, or race. We believe in human rights; we believe that the unborn should be protected by law and respected as an individual. The overturning of Roe v. Wade fuels our fire to keep pushing back against the anything-goes abortion amendment. The RFFA amendment would change every law regarding pregnancy in Michigan including the definition of fetal viability, parental consent laws, partial-birth abortion bans, tax-funded abortion bans, and abortion clinic regulation laws.
We believe it’s important that every voter know the consequences of this amendment if passed and why they shouldn’t sign the petition or vote for it if it’s on the November ballot. We will continue to educate until every corner of Michigan knows the dangers of the anything-goes abortion amendment.