Michigan Ballot Measure Would Legalize Killing Babies in Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 8, 2022   |   6:12PM   |   Lansing, Michigan

Michigan abortion activists want to pass a state constitutional amendment in November that would allow unborn babies to be killed in abortions up to birth.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups recently submitted more than 750,000 petition signatures on a ballot initiative to “explicitly affirm” a right to abortion in the Michigan Constitution, The Detroit Free Press reports.

If they succeed, pro-life leaders warn that aborting unborn babies would be allowed for basically any reason up to birth and young girls would not need a parent’s consent before having an abortion.

State authorities must verify that the pro-abortion groups collected enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot, but approval appears likely because the groups only need 425,000 signatures, according to the newspaper.

The proposed “Reproductive Freedom for All” amendment would be added to the state constitution if a majority of voters approve it on the ballot.

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Michigan pro-life organizations recently formed a coalition to fight against the dangerous proposal, the Citizens to Support MI Women and Children.

“If a majority of voters vote yes, all of Michigan’s pro-life laws could be repealed,” Christen Pollo, executive director of Protect Life Michigan, warned recently. “Every pro-life law in Michigan would be undone. Every unborn life would be left unprotected.”

According to Bridge Michigan, lawyer John Bursch with Alliance Defending Freedom said the amendment would endanger women and children while protecting abortionists.

“It protects grossly negligent abortion providers. Women will be victimized by them and they will have no legal recourse,” Bursch said earlier this year.

And while Michigan law requires parents to consent for a 12-year-old to have their tonsils removed, the amendment would make it so parents do not need to consent or even be informed if their 12-year-old daughter has an abortion, he continued.

Bridge Michigan pointed out that the pro-abortion “backers of the constitutional amendment don’t dispute the claims, saying that the proposal guarantees the right to reproductive health from birth.”

Bursch said there are other problems, too, including language that prohibits state lawmakers from restricting abortions if any “attending health professional” – not just a doctor or nurse practitioner – believes the pregnancy is physically or mentally harmful, according to the report.

“You can have a fully-formed baby at nine months, the mother’s due date has passed … and if she comes to a health care professional and says, ‘I’m anxious about having this child, I think I want to have an abortion,’ she can do that,” Bursch said.

Michigan has a pre-Roe v. Wade law that protects unborn babies by banning abortions, but the law is blocked as pro-abortion groups challenge it in court.

Nearly 30,000 unborn babies are aborted in Michigan every year.