Lansing Update
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April 5, 2019

  In This Update:  
  • Discharge Petition Needs More Signatures for Vote on Born-Alive Act
NOTE: Michigan lawmakers are currently back in their home districts for the spring legislative recess. They will return to Lansing for regular session next week on Tuesday, April 9.
  Discharge Petition Needs More Signatures for Vote on Born-Alive Act  
Throughout the past several weeks, Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) has encouraged support of the federal Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311 and H.R. 962). The legislation would prohibit infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve his or her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. While a 2002 law is already in existence to protect children born alive after an abortion, that law does not currently include the necessary penalties to enforce its provisions. 

This week, Representative Steven Scalise (R-Louisiana-1st District) filed a discharge petition, which would allow the House of Representatives to vote on the Act (H.R. 962), despite opposition from House leadership. The petition currently has 198 signatures and needs to get to 218 to force a vote to be held. Here are the members of the Michigan Congressional delegation who have signed onto the petition so far: Representatives Justin Amash (R-3rd District), Jack Bergman (R-1st District), Bill Huizenga (R-2nd District), Paul Mitchell (R-10th District), John Moolenaar (R-4th District), Fred Upton (R-6th District), and Tim Walberg (R-7th District). MCC is grateful for their action on behalf of human life. 

Continued pressure is needed to urge the other members of Michigan's Congressional delegation to sign onto the petition, including Debbie Dingell (D-12th District), Dan Kildee (D-5th District), Brenda Lawrence (D-14th District), Andy Levin (D-9th District), Elissa Slotkin (D-8th District), Haley Stevens (D-11th District), and Rashida Tlaib (D-13th District). If your U.S. Representative is one of these individuals, email them today!

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