Oppose Abortion Amendment to the State’s Constitution

Various pro-abortion groups in Michigan, who are worried that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule against Roe v. Wade and so Michigan’s law would revert to an older anti-abortion statute, are trying to gain enough signatures for a ballot petition that would make abortion a constitutional right of the individual. The summary of the amendment that is on the ballot petition reads as follows: “Constitutional Amendment to: establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make and carry out all decisions about pregnancy, such as prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion, miscarriage management, and infertility; allow state to prohibit abortion after fetal viability unless needed to protect a patient’s life or physical or mental health: forbid state discrimination in enforcement of this right; prohibit prosecution of an individual, or a person helping a pregnant individual, for exercising rights established by this amendment; and invalidate all state laws that conflict with this amendment.”

Although one could oppose this amendment simply on public policy grounds–it is almost never good law to make the Constitution so specific on such a volatile issue–our Catholic understanding of the sacredness of every human life very clearly urges us to care for both the pregnant mother and the unborn child. Please think carefully about what this amendment will do. You are strongly urged NOT to sign the petition. For more information on getting involved in opposing this constitutional amendment please click on the Catholic Advocacy Network.

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