“Rather than regulating abortion, let’s just end it.” ~ Pastor Corey Shankleton, President, Michigan Heartbeat Coalition
Friends and Pro-Lifers,
The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition is determined to strike while the iron is hot, and see an end to Roe rather than another attempt to regulate abortion. The Heartbeat Bill will do just that! After 46 years of regulating, and taking the incremental approach, now is our chance to deliver the fatal blow to Roe. The Heartbeat Bill moves us from the guess work of viability to the indicator of life, the heartbeat. Some statistics suggest as many as 95% of unborn babies would be saved under Heartbeat legislation, getting us only inches away from our goal of saving every child!
This bill was crafted to use the undisputed finding of fact in Gonzales v Carhart that acknowledged a “living fetus” exists at the point of a “detectable heartbeat”. With Ohio and Kentucky passing Heartbeat laws and Tennessee in the process, only Michigan stands in the way of having all 4 states in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals with heartbeat bills, applying maximum pressure on the Supreme Court to acknowledge the validity of Heartbeat legislation.
The Heartbeat Bill is common sense: “If a heartbeat is detected, the baby’s protected”. The bill makes so much sense that a 2017 Barna Poll shows that 7 out of 10 Americans support protecting babies with beating hearts, made up of 86% Republicans, 55% Democrats and 61% Independents!
Protecting Michigan’s Abortion Ban
Understanding Michigan has the strongest Pre-Roe ban in the Nation, the Michigan drafters of The Heartbeat Bill took great lengths to make sure the “savings clauses” are the strongest possible. The bill explicitly states that:
“Nothing in this act shall be construed as authorizing any abortion that is illegal under any other provision of state law. Nothing in this act shall be construed to repeal or amend, explicitly or by implication, any provision of law prohibiting or regulating abortion, including, but not limited to, section 14, 15,322, or 323 of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.14 (1846 Abortion Ban), 750.15, 750.322, and 750.323.
When Roe is overturned Michigan’s abortion ban becomes fully enforceable. Anything said to the contrary is just misinformation. Walter Weber of The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) issued a review in a two-page letter affirming the Heartbeat Bill as the safest, most logical step for Michigan at this time.
How can you help? Recently the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition delivered The Heartbeat Petition to the Board of Canvassers. Michigan law allows us to by-pass the governor by collecting 500,000 signatures with a Citizen’s Initiated Petition. Our Pro-Life Legislators can then enact the Heartbeat Law with a simple majority vote in both the House and Senate. The Michigan Heartbeat Bill then becomes law without the governor’s signature.
We have tremendous momentum within Michigan and support from across the nation. Many pro-life groups have already joined this effort.
What the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition Needs:
We need 15,000 volunteers to cover all 14 congressional districts across the State. Additionally, we need to raise $1,000,000.00 dollars to cover legal fees, printing cost, as well as to build the infrastructure for this massive undertaking. We need volunteers and donors to make the heartbeat legislation a reality in Michigan.