In the face of overwhelming
support from the people and Michigan legislators, Governor Jennifer
Granholm, with a stroke of her pen, vetoed state legislation that would
have effectively banned partial birth abortion in our state. Now you
can use your pen to stop partial birth abortion.
Granholm vetoed the Legal Birth
Definition Act (LBDA). This legislation defines legal birth at
the point when any non-severed portion of the child is removed from the
mother. Once a person is legally born, that person is afforded all of
the rights of legal personhood, thus making partial birth abortion
equivalent to murder.
This legislation was passed by such a
resounding number of state Senators and Representatives that the
legislation was only one vote in the Senate away from being veto proof.
Right to Life of Michigan is initiating “The
People’s Override,” also known as a citizens’ petition, to
outlaw partial birth abortions in Michigan.
A citizens’ petition allows the registered
voters of Michigan to provide legislation to the Michigan House and
Senate. Once passed by the two bodies, the legislation cannot be vetoed
by the governor.
In order to override Granholm's veto and
protect children from this gruesome procedure, at least
254,206 valid signatures of registered Michigan voters will
need to be collected within 180 days from the beginning of the petition
drive (early January). To ensure that there are enough valid
signatures, our goal is to collect 325,000 signatures. Collecting that
many signatures is a monumental task and is rarely attempted.
The Legal Birth Definition Act
is different from the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban that
President Bush signed in November of 2003. Currently, partial birth
abortions are still occurring in our country as the federal
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban is not in effect and is tied up in the
courts. While the federal legislation attempts to ban a specific
abortion procedure, the LBDA attempts to define legal birth and the
commencement of legal rights.
TOGETHER WE CAN END PARTIAL BIRTH
Please take a moment and sign our petition.
For more information or to join us in circulating petitions, please e-mail us or call (616) 532-2300.