Coming Through

In early 2009, the U.S. Congress took up the daunting task of reforming health care. Before long, our nation was embroiled in a bitter debate—a debate that rages to this very day.

Right from the onset, the prolife movement got dragged into the fray. We had no choice. As written, the Affordable Care Act represented the greatest expansion of abortion rights since Roe v. Wade.

Despite all the promises that had been made, it was clear from the very beginning that federal health care reform would include abortion-on-demand as a "basic benefit."

Once you cut through all the smoke and mirrors, half-truths and bald-faced lies, the abortion "loopholes" in Affordable Care Act were big enough to drive a semi-truck through!

A close look at the fine print revealed that health care insurers, health care providers, employers and taxpayers—you and I—would be forced to pay for abortion-on-demand, throughout all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason whatsoever as participants in health care.

But as you know, we failed in our initial attempt to ensure that the Affordable Care Act would be abortion-neutral. It passed, with abortion coverage intact, in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.

A short time later, the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

That's the bad news. Here's the good news: We still have recourse. But we're running out of time. The Affordable Care Act is scheduled to take full effect on January 1, 2014.

To date, 22 states have successfully "opted out" of having abortion coverage in plans offered through the insurance exchanges. Very simply put, these states have determined that if you want an abortion, and if you want it paid for with your health care dollars, you have to purchase a separate rider to pay for that abortion.

In other words, if you want an abortion, you pay for it!

At the end of the 2012 state legislative session, the prolife movement sent a bill to Governor Snyder to "opt out" Michigan. Unfortunately, on December 28 he vetoed that bill. Despite our best efforts over the past five months, we have not been able to sway the governor. He simply does not see the urgency of this matter the way we do.

Despite the fact that we have a significant majority of committed prolifers serving in both the State House and State Senate, we do not have the votes necessary to override the governor's veto.

Thankfully, the Michigan Constitution allows concerned citizens to "initiate" legislation. This is an option that we have exercised on three different occasions in the past to protect the unborn child. In the process, we have set numerous state records. Here's the plan to opt Michigan out of abortion coverage in the federal health care exchanges:

Gold Arrow We are going to take to the streets of Michigan once more to "initiate" legislation.

Gold Arrow To do so, our goal is to collect the signatures of 350,000 registered voters.

Gold Arrow We will collect these signatures in all 83 Michigan counties in 100 days or less.

Gold Arrow Our message is simple: Abortion is not health care and we're not going to pay for it!

Gold Arrow After the State Board of Canvassers approves the signatures, we go to the Legislature.

Gold Arrow We need a simple majority vote in both the State House and State Senate.

Gold Arrow At that point, we can "opt out" without the governor's signature. It's a done deal!

This historic legislation will strip mandatory abortion coverage from both the private sector and the state health care exchange.

But we are running out of time. January 1 is right around the corner. If we don't act today, you and I will be forced to pay for the destruction of innocent children.

Here's how you can help:

Gold Arrow If you are a registered voter, please sign the petition as soon as possible. Before doing so, take a minute to carefully read all of the instructions.

Gold Arrow Once you've signed, please encourage your family, neighbors, friends and fellow parishioners to join you with their signature. A countless number of prolifers have even committed to go door-to-door on behalf of the unborn.

Gold Arrow Do not hold petitions! They go through an extensive review process before we submit the signatures. Even if you intend to collect additional signatures, but not right away, put the petition(s) you have in the mail as soon as possible, even if they are not full.

Gold Arrow According to state regulations, we have formed a special committee to collect these signatures. This is not a new prolife organization! After we successfully pass our initiated legislation, we will close this committee. In the meantime, we have prepared for you a wide variety of information and promotional material. Please go to our petition website at www.michigansvoice.com for all the details.

You can order petitions in one of three ways:

1. The petition is a self-mailer. Simply re-fold it, seal it with a piece of tape, put a stamp on it and drop it in the mail. Place your order for more petitions right under your return address.

2. Place an order on our petition website, www.michigansvoice.com.

3. Or call our office at (616) 532-2300.

When we crafted our 2013 budget, we didn't anticipate the governor's veto and the need for this petition drive. This effort and all related expenses are "above and beyond" the already hectic schedule of events that we had planned for this year. I am bound and determined that this historic effort will not derail the other life-saving projects already on the calendar.

For this reason, I need your most generous contribution possible. Today! All of the expenses for the petition drive must be paid for up-front. I know there are other great causes knocking on your door. But we must succeed. For if we fail, you and I will be forced to finance the destruction of innocent human life.

Abortion-on-demand has now become very personal for each and every one of us!

With your help, we'll collect so many signatures we'll have to deliver them to Lansing in a semi-truck! We're coming through your town! We're coming through on behalf of unborn babies!

Please donate today!

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