The first-ever Michigan March for Life brought thousands of pro-lifers to the steps of the state Capitol this week. Plus, the Legislature wrapped up session for 2023, meaning there was a lot of activity on a variety of issues. Catch up on issues ranging from abortion regulations to surrogacy to juvenile justice and more in this week’s Lansing Update.
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While the House passed portions of the dangerous Reproductive Health Act on party-line votes in a late night session this week, the scope of the House-approved RHA is a vast departure from what abortion advocates were seeking to remove from state law when it comes to abortion limits. Also, MCC testifies against legalizing surrogacy contracts in legislation that is speeding through the Legislature. Read about that and more in this week’s Lansing Update.
In addition to the dangerous Reproductive Health Act moving through the Legislature, a new threat to the health and safety of women and children in Michigan has suddenly emerged in Lansing. Learn more about this new issue and what MCC’s concerns are about it in this week’s Lansing Update.
MCC this week continued to make the case that the Reproductive Health Act would harm the health and safety of vulnerable women in Michigan and is out of step with the will of Michigan voters. Despite these efforts, a majority of Michigan senators sided with the abortion industry in sending the bills to the House. Also this week, lawmakers took testimony on MCC-supported bills to crack down on church vandalism, and the Governor signed MCC-backed bills to ensure kids are drinking safe water at schools and daycares. Read more in this week’s Lansing Update.
As a second legislative committee took up testimony on the dangerous Reproductive Health Act bills, a physician shared about helping to save a woman who had to be rushed to a hospital after suffering an abortion complication at a clinic. The story illustrated why the various abortion protections and safeguards up for repeal in the RHA are needed. Read about that story and other legislative updates of interest to MCC in this week’s Lansing Update.
Catholic grassroots advocates are encouraged to continue messaging their lawmakers to oppose the Reproductive Health Act and to encourage lawmakers to include nonpublic schools in an expanded school meal program. Plus, news about MCC’s latest Focus and the beginning of Respect Life Month. Read more in this Lansing Update.
Catholic advocates are urged to contact their senator about including nonpublic schools in legislation that would expand school meal programs. Plus, a quick update on where the Reproductive Health Act stands and news on legislation affecting religious liberty, juvenile justice and more. Finally, some updates on March for Life and a new auxiliary bishop in Michigan. Read more in Lansing Update.
While the dangerous Reproductive Health Act moved out of committee to the House floor this week, signs of hope emerged in MCC and its pro-life partners’ efforts to defeat it. Also this week, MCC and the nonpublic school association provided strong advocacy before the Legislature to include nonpublic schools in expanded school meal programs. Read about these issues and more in this week’s Lansing Update.
As lawmakers took testimony for the first time on the dangerous Reproductive Health Act, MCC and other statewide organizations formed a coalition and spoke out in opposition against the bills, which would deregulate abortion in Michigan. Learn more about how you can get involved and tell lawmakers to protect the health and safety of vulnerable women and children across the state by reading this week’s Lansing Update.
As expected, abortion advocates in the Legislature have introduced legislation that would repeal health and safety standards for abortion clinics, which poses a threat to the health and safety of women. In other news, there’s a new, quicker way to stay connected to MCC and the Catholic Advocacy Network. Read more in this Lansing Update.