Right to Life petition is dropped

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Right to Life of Michigan said it won't contest the conclusion when the Board of State Canvassers meets Friday. The group’s president Barbara Listing said they will be focusing on the critical 2020 elections moving forwards. 

The campaign was aimed at getting veto-proof legislation before the Republican-controlled Michigan House and Senate. Abortion opponents want to outlaw dilation and evacuation in most instances, a procedure in which a fetus is removed in pieces with a surgical instrument.


A petition campaign to outlaw an abortion procedure has been given another chance to prove it’s gathered enough signatures to accomplish its goal.

Right to Life of Michigan wants the Legislature to adopt a veto-proof initiative to ban the dilation-and-extraction procedure. It turned in its petitions to the state Bureau of Elections. But a random sample of signatures showed the campaign fell short. Right to Life appealed to the Board of State Canvassers, which took the unusual step of telling the bureau to go back and draw a bigger sample.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is joining Democratic lawmakers to support a repeal of Michigan's abortion restrictions and regulations.

The legislation introduced Tuesday won't advance in the Republican-led Legislature. But the Democratic governor said it's important to advocate for the proposed Michigan Reproductive Health Act because residents "value a woman's right to choose."

The bills would repeal an unenforced 1931 law that bans virtually all abortions, remove a parental consent requirement and lift a 24-hour waiting period.

Johnathan Dudley (Part II)

Sep 23, 2019

Dr. Johnathan Dudley, M.D. joins us to finish the conversation we began last week. Dr. Dudley will be giving a presentation at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church on Monday, September 30. It will examine the roll of abortion in contemporary politics and survey scientific and theological principles supporting a unique approach to the issue. 

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Abortion has moved to the forefront of national politics. Where lawmakers stand on the issue has become a litmus test when determining if someone is a Republican or Democrat. But it hasn't always been this way.

The Michigan Public Radio Network - as part of a joint project with and Michigan Campaign Finance Network - reports, the political shift started around 1980.

Johnathan Dudley

Sep 16, 2019

Dr. Johnathan Dudley, M.D. is our guest. We speak to Dr. Dudley ahead of the presentation he will be giving at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church on Monday, September 30. The presentation will examine the roll of abortion in contemporary politics and survey scientific and theological principles supporting a unique approach to the issue.  

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Michigan voters could soon be asked if they want to sign two anti-abortion ballot initiatives. A state board approved parts of two potential ballot measures Wednesday. The groups behind the measures now have one final procedural step before they can start collecting signatures.

The board approved the form and summary language of the petitions – a major step before the groups can start gathering signatures. Jeannette Bradshaw is a Democrat on the Board of State Canvassers. She supported approval of the initiatives.

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Groups backing two anti-abortion ballot drives in Michigan are poised to begin gathering signatures after clearing procedural steps.

The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday approved 100-word summaries that will appear atop the petitions. They also OK'd the petition forms.

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Legislation moving toward Gov. Rick Snyder would make permanent a ban against Michigan doctors prescribing abortion-inducing drugs remotely.

The Republican-controlled House passed the bill almost entirely along party lines early Thursday after it won Senate approval weeks ago.

Kassi Underwood (Part II)

May 1, 2017

Kassi Underwood, author of May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion, returns to Common Threads to continue our conversation.

Kassi has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic online, The Rumpus, Refinery29, Guernica, The New York Daily News, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. in literary nonfiction from Columbia University, where she taught for three years on the faculty of the Undergraduate Writing Program.