Michigan Pro-Life Group Has Enough Signatures for Re-Vote on Abortion Bill
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
March 9, 2004
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — Right to Life of Michigan has announced that it has collected enough signatures to re-send the Legal Birth Definition Act, a bill that would effectively ban partial-birth abortions, back to the legislature in veto-proof form.
Over 325,000 signatures have been collected since January, when 254, 206 were required. While the pro-life organization does have 180 days to collect signatures, they will stop collecting signatures April 5 and will present them to the Secretary of State’s office in mid-April. No other organization has been able to collect enough signatures for legislation in Michigan without using paid circulators in over 20 years.
Once the legislation is reintroduced to the legislature, a simple majority vote in both houses will allow it to become law. The Governor will not be given another chance to veto the legislation, nor will it issue be on the ballot in November.
"The people of Michigan are sending a clear and overwhelming message to Governor Jennifer Granholm," said Barbara Listing, President of Right to Life of Michigan. "This is democracy at its purest and best. We are proud of the people of Michigan for standing up to defend life and demanding that the cruelty of partial birth abortion end.”
"I also want to challenge you to keep collecting signatures and to mail the petitions to Right to Life of Michigan as soon as possible," Listing continued. "We will use the remaining four weeks of the petition drive to educate even more of our fellow citizens about partial birth abortion."
Granholm vetoed the legislation last year, saying that it did not provide a health exception for the health of the mother. When it was pointed out that such an exception was present in the legislation, her office joined pro-abortion advocates in claiming that such provisions were insufficient.
"The governor ignored clear language in the bill stating that a physician could address a legitimate physical threat to the mother," said Right to Life of Michigan. "Because Governor Granholm chose not to protect children who are in the process of being born, the people of Michigan are standing together for the sanctity of human life."
While President Bush recently signed a Partial-Birth Abortion Ban into law, the federal version differs from Michigan’s in that it expressly bans the partial-birth abortion procedure. It is currently being blocked until its constitutionality can be determined.
While Attorney General John Ashcroft’s office has subpoenaed several hospitals for their partial-birth abortion records, some have refused to provide the information, which the Attorney General hopes will prove the abortion procedure is not medically necessary.
Related web sites:
Right to Life of Michigan – https://www.rtl.org