U.S. House passes Pain-Capable abortion ban

On Tuesday, Oct 3rd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR36, Micah’s Law, also called the Pain Capable Abortion Ban. This law would ban abortions after 20 weeks, the threshold at which medical science agrees that pain can be felt by the unborn victim of abortion.

The Blue Water Area’s own Rep. Paul Mitchell not only voted in favor of passage, but co-sponsored the Bill and spoke on the House floor in support of HR36. A video of Rep. Mitchell’s statement can be viewed below. We thank Rep. Mitchell for not only keeping his word and voting pro-life, but for taking an active part in bringing this bill to passage. On the campaign trail he said he’d be a pro-life leader, and he has proven as good as his word.

“It is said that nations are judged by how we care for our weakest members.” Rep. Paul Mitchell on the U.S. House floor

This is the first major pro-life bill passed by either house of Congress since the Bush presidency. Though it is only a partial step toward restoring the rights of all unborn, it is an important one. President Trump has promised to sign this bill if it reaches his desk.

Unfortunately, the bill has one more hurdle: the U.S. Senate. Though held by a supposedly pro-life Republican majority, the Senate leadership has proven largely ineffective in passing pro-life legislation this session. Michigan is represented in the Senate by pro-abortion Debbie Stabenow and pro-abortion Gary Peters, both of whom will certainly oppose the bill, but there is hope it will rally enough support from senators of other states for passage. Of course, the pro-abortion Democratic Party may try to filibuster the bill, in order to protect their cherished goal of unrestricted abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. We hope the Republican leadership of the Senate has the fortitude to stick to their principles and get this bill passed.

Despite all that, the achievement by the House in passing this bill is a pro-life victory, and we thank the House Leadership and Rep. Mitchell for their actions.

Here is Rep. Mitchell’s statement on the House floor in support of HR36:

St. Clair County Right to Life Annual Banquet

You are invited to the annual St. Clair County Right to Life banquet to be held Thursday, October 19, 2017 at McGivney Banquet Center 4521 Ravenswood Rd, Kimball, MI 48074. This event begins at 6:00pm. The cost for the banquet is $30.00 per person.

March for Life Washington D.C. 2018 bus trip

St. Clair County Right to Life will again be sponsoring a bus trip to the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. in January 2018. The March takes place on Friday, January 19th.

A bus will be leaving from the Blue Water Area on Thursday, January 18 and travelling to the metro D.C. area. There will be an overnight stay, then on Friday participation in the March. After another overnight stay, the bus will leave early on Saturday, January 20 to return to the Blue Water area on the evening of that day.

Download the  Registration Form, complete it, and return it with payment to our office.

Rep. Paul Mitchell co-sponsors pro-life bill

Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI 10th District)

We are pleased to hear that newly elected Rep. Paul Mitchell, elected to the Congressional seat from which Rep. Candice Miller retired, has co-sponsored the first major pro-life bill of the new legislative session: House Resolution 7. The details of the bill are below. We are proud of Rep. Mitchell for his pro-life stand and his faithfulness to his campaign resolutions to represent the pro-life views of his constituents.

Rep. Mitchell made a statement on the House floor in support of the bill, which can be viewed on his Facebook page.

H.R. 7 (Rep. Chris Smith) codifies the Hyde amendment and requires that “No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for any abortion.” The funding limitations do not apply to an abortion related to rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother.

The bill prohibits premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act from being used to purchase health plans that cover abortion, except in case of rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother. The bill does not prohibit any individual from purchasing separate coverage for abortions or restrict “any non-Federal health insurance issuer offering a health plan from offering separate coverage for abortions so long as premiums…are not paid for with any amount attributable to the [premium tax] credit.” This provision applies to taxable years beginning after December 31st, 2017.

H.R. 7 also disallows the small business health tax credit to be used for any plan that covers abortion services, except in the case of rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother.

Additionally, the measure requires qualified health plans to disclose to enrollees at the time of enrollment in the plan the extent of abortion coverage and abortion premium surcharges. This provision takes effect 30 days after enactment of the legislation.

Rep. Mitchell can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/reppaulmitchell, and his official website at https://mitchell.house.gov/.

St. Clair County March for Life 2017

Supporting life is a family affair!

On Sunday, January 22nd, 2016, about 70 marchers sacrificed their comfortable Sunday afternoon to come march in the damp chill. They did so to remind Blue Water Area residents that unborn children are people deserving of full legal and social protection. Their sacrifice serves to keep alive in America the principle that equal protection under law includes the most helpless and voiceless among us.

Unnamed marcher supports life on a foggy afternoon.

The March took place along Pine Grove Avenue in Port Huron between Sanborn Street and the shopping center, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. It was warm for a January, with temperatures in the mid 30’s and a persistent fog. The March was followed by a prayer service held at St. Mary’s Parish.

If you’d like to participate next year, be sure you’re on the mailing list for our newsletter. E-mail your contact information to admin@sccrtl.org and we’ll add you.

St. Clair County Sanctity of Human Life Sunday activities

Sunday, January 22nd, is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. It is the 44th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy across America. Since then more than 60,000,000 unborn children have been lost to this scourge.

We have two events here in St. Clair County to commemorate and mourn this black mark on America’s history.

Calls needed for Dec 6th vote

December 2, 2016

HOUSE COMMITTEE TO MOVE FETAL ORGAN SELLING BAN – CALLS/EMAILS TO LANSING NEEDED!

Before the Thanksgiving holiday we sent out the alert to begin calls to state representatives in Lansing regarding Senate Bills 564 & 565 that would prohibit any money being provided to abortionists for supplying the organs and tissue of aborted babies. As we learned from the Center for Medical Progress videos, the federal law banning the sale of organs and tissues has a loophole allowing the payment of “procurement fees” to abortionists. That loophole became the opening for selling organs and tissue.

SB 564-565 will put into Michigan law that no money – in fact nothing of any financial value – can be provided to an abortionist, clinic or its staff in exchange for fetal organs or tissue. No “procurement fees,” no perks or other inducements… NOTHING!

The House Health Policy Committee is scheduled to report the bills to the House floor this coming Tuesday, December 6. Thereafter the bills will be pending for a vote by the entire House. There are only two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session and passage of the bills in the House will send the bills to Gov. Snyder. This is the home stretch.

Please continue to generate calls and emails to state representatives in Lansing urging their support of SB 564 & 565. The message: “Vote YES on SB 564 & 565 – Ban the sale of aborted children’s bodies.”

Area Legislators:
Paul Muxlow – (517) 373-0835
Andrea LaFontaine – (866) 347-8032
Dan Lauwers – (517) 373-1790

100%

One. Hundred. Percent.

Take a bow, St. Clair County pro-life voters. That’s the percentage of endorsed pro-life candidates that won a majority of St. Clair County votes. From the top of the ballot to the bottom, pro-life candidates won in St. Clair County. Thank you for your hard work, for your devotion to voting pro-life, and for turning out at the polls to make your pro-life vote heard.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. In many past election cycles, St. Clair County votes have gone 100% for pro-life candidates. But particularly in presidential elections, votes from other areas of the state have drowned out our voice, and the pro-abortion candidate has taken Michigan despite how St. Clair County residents have voted.

This year the entire state went for the pro-life presidential candidate, so St. Clair County voters were heard. Furthermore, it was a high-turnout year, with 62.7% of the registered voters in the county turning out to vote (77,975 out of 124,354). Fortunately for St. Clair County, in other electoral areas that extended beyond our borders, the pro-life edge held, so Michigan will be represented by pro-life candidates from the White House to the county Circuit Court.

Ironically, presidential candidate Donald Trump only held a plurality in Michigan, with 52.62% of votes going for other candidates. But because of the way general elections work, since he beat the nearest competitor by 11,612 votes, that means he won the state by a razor-thin margin of a quarter of a percentage point. (Remember that the next time you’re tempted to think your vote doesn’t matter.) In St. Clair County, though, Trump won by a handy 62.9%.

Since many of the electoral districts extend beyond St. Clair County’s borders, just looking at county votes doesn’t tell the entire story. In this election, only the 81st House District is completely contained within St. Clair County. In that election incumbent Dan Lauwers won easily. The table below tells the vote count for endorsed vs. non-endorsed candidates for area races.

So thank you, St. Clair County, for your pro-life dedication. Stay in touch with us to see how your electoral victories are translated into laws, policies, and appointments that reflect your pro-life convictions. If you don’t receive our newsletter, call our office (810-987-5433) or e-mail newsletters@sccrtl.org to be put on our mailing list.

Region-wide St. Clair County
Race Endorsed Candidate Endorsed Total Non-endorsed Total Endorsed % Endorsed Total Non-endorsed Total Endorsed %
Presidential Trump 2279805 2511112 47.59% 49,049 28,926 62.90%
10th Congressional Mitchell 214,164 125,570 63.04% 44,368 30,242 59.47%
32nd House Hornberger 25,629 14,630 63.66% 9,724 4,683 67.49%
81st House Lauwers 27,770 12,528 68.91% 27,770 12,528 68.91%
83rd House Hernandez 23,108 13,695 62.79% 9,548 8,620 52.55%

Why We Do What We Do

This video shows in 3 minutes the reason Right to Life exists and will continue to fight for the sanctity of human life. Take time to watch yourself as you developed from a fertilized egg into the magnificent human you are today. Click on the link then scroll down the page for the video.

Vote Tuesday, November 8, 2016

This Tuesday, November 8, 2016, is election day.  Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This election will impact the direction of our nation for years to come. If you want to vote pro-life but don’t know which candidates are endorsed by Right to Life, click here to print out your own personalized voting ticket. Just remember to VOTE! It is your right and your duty.