On February 11, the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee took up Senate Bills 564 & 565, and after a brief round of testimony for and against the bills, reported them to the Senate floor by votes of 4-1. See details below about thanking those 4 senators. Together the bills will eliminate any payment to abortion clinics for a donation of organs or tissue from an aborted baby.
When videos were released in July 2015 by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood staff haggling over “reimbursement fees” or “procurement costs” for fetal organs, it was clear that laws that prohibit the “sale” of organs, but allow the “recovery of reasonable costs” have a loophole big enough to drive a profit-motivated organ trafficking industry through it.
SB 564-565 will eliminate any payment to an abortion clinic. Here’s an excerpt of RLM Legislative Director Ed Rivet’s testimony before the committee, “The abortion industry should not get a cent of money …. Abortion is unjustifiable homicide. No one should be in the business of medical cannibalization of human beings. No child should die this way, and no one should hand money to those who kill them.”
Meanwhile, the president of MichBio, the trade association of biotech companies and researchers, testified against the bill, saying it would stunt valuable research, hinder job growth in the biotech industry, and be senseless because, “the tissue would just go to waste anyway.” He had virtually no concern for the wasted lives of the children killed by abortion.
The bills are now pending on the Senate floor where a vote is anticipated in the near future. It is time for contacting our state senators in Lansing. See the list below for details about your senator.
Our own local senator, Phil Pavlov, was the sponsor of this bill. Please contact him to thank him for his unwavering pro-life support.
Office phone: (517) 373-7708
Click here to e-mail Sen. Pavlov
St. Clair County Right to Life will not be holding a meeting in March. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:00pm in the Gilbert-Wilcox room on the second floor of the St. Clair County Main Branch on McMorran Blvd in Port Huron. We hope you come and join us.
Right to Life of Michigan will be hosting its annual Legislative Day on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, 111 N. Grand Avenue Lansing, MI 48933. The speaker will be Sue Thayer, pro-life activist and foster parent. Come hear about our legislative activities and enjoy a day with pro-life workers from across the state. The cost is $46/person and $20/student, with a registration deadline of April 18th.
See the information page for more details and to register.
The Sanilac County Annual Right to Life of Michigan Benefit Dinner will be held on, Thursday, March 17th. It will be held at the St. John’s Catholic Church Parish Center in Peck, MI. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., with the Dinner and Program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Please mark the date on your calendar.
Our special guest speaker for the evening will be Louis Brown, Esquire. Mr. Brown is an attorney and the director of CMF CURO, a Catholic health care ministry through the Christ Medicus Foundation that provides a new nationwide Catholic health care alternative. Mr. Brown is a graduate from the Howard University School of Law and the James Madison School of Public Affairs at Michigan State University. He previously worked for a prominent national political party in Washington D.C. but later resigned in protest over the prospect of federal funding of abortion through the healthcare bill. Since then he has provided policy counsel on health care, pro-life and religious liberty issues.
You will surely not want to miss this dinner. Tickets are $20 per person, with a student rate of $10, or you can reserve a table for eight at $160.00. We are now able to accept credit cards. Please call Amy at 810-376-8454 to make your reservation today.
The Blue Water Pregnancy Care Center will be holding their annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016. If you’re interested in attending, information can be found at this link.