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Legislation and Legal Issues

Right to Life of Michigan has been involved in Michigan legislative issues since the mid-1970’s. In 1979, we established a legislative office in Lansing. One of the key parts of Right to Life of Michigan’s mission is passing legislation that fosters respect and protection for human life, from fertilization until natural death.

State Legislative Office

Our Legislative Office in Lansing is managed by a full-time legislative director/lobbyist and staffed with an assistant and an executive secretary.

The Legislative Office’s responsibilities include serving as liaison between Right to Life of Michigan and state government, developing and advocating for the passage of prolife legislation, monitoring and defeating anti-life measures, and coordinating grassroots citizen lobbying activities. The office serves as an important source of information on prolife legislation and legal issues.

We always welcome grassroots interaction and comments at the Legislative Office. Call us at (517) 487-3376, e-mail us at info@rtl.org, or visit us at 233 N. Walnut St., Lansing, MI 48933.

Pending State Legislation

Learn more about legislation Right to Life of Michigan is working to support or oppose at the State Capitol. Included are links to the bills and history and analysis of the issues involved.

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Pending Federal Legislation

Learn more about federal prolife legislation using National Right to Life Committee’s Legislative Action Center.

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Prolife Law Directory

We maintain a comprehensive list of all prolife legislation we’ve passed in Michigan. The directory includes links to the legislation and history and analysis of the issues involved.

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Find Your Legislator

Do you need to speak to your representative but aren’t sure who it is or how to contact them? Use our Find Your Legislator tool.

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Are My Tax Dollars Paying for Abortion?

Because of the confusing intersection between state and federal laws and programs, many people are confused about how their tax dollars are currently used to support abortion or pay for them directly in some cases.

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Quick Look at Current Abortion & Euthanasia Laws in Michigan

Abortion Limit
Abortions are legal through all nine months of pregnancy in Michigan. Abortions after viability technically must have a “health” reason.

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Abortion Bans
Partial-birth abortions are banned.

Abortion Funding
Medicaid funding for abortion is prohibited except for rape, incest or life of the mother. Health insurance coverage for abortions is by optional rider only.

Informed Consent
Women must: be screened for signs of coercion, be given information about the procedure and give their consent; wait 24-hours after obtaining information; get parental consent if a minor.

Ultrasounds
Women must be given the option to view the ultrasound prior to an abortion.

Abortion Clinic Regulations
Abortion clinics must be licensed and inspected. Abortions may only be provided by a licensed doctor. Fetal remains must be buried, cremated or incinerated. Statistics must be reported to the state.

Safe Delivery Law
Newborns under 72 hours old can be confidentially surrendered to police stations, fire stations or hospitals.

Assisted Suicide
Illegal in Michigan.

Patient Advocate
Patients may give an advocate durable power of attorney to make medical decisions if the patients are no longer able to make them. This includes authorizing withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatments. Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (MI-POST) allows patients with life-limiting conditions to determine along with their doctors the course of treatment they desire.