Lansing Update

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox.

    Crucial Limits on Abortion Would Remain Law Under House-Passed Version of RHA

    Rebecca Mastee, policy advocate for MCC, testifies against legislation that would legalize surrogacy contracts in Michigan during the House Judiciary Committee this week.

    While the House passed portions of the dangerous Reproductive Health Act on party-line votes in a late night session this week, the scope of the House-approved RHA is a vast departure from what abortion advocates were seeking to remove from state law when it comes to abortion limits. Also, MCC testifies against legalizing surrogacy contracts in legislation that is speeding through the Legislature. Read about that and more in this week’s Lansing Update.

    New Threat to Women, Children Emerges at Capitol

    The Michigan State Capitol Building in early fall

    In addition to the dangerous Reproductive Health Act moving through the Legislature, a new threat to the health and safety of women and children in Michigan has suddenly emerged in Lansing. Learn more about this new issue and what MCC’s concerns are about it in this week’s Lansing Update.

    Abortion Deregulation Bills Advance Despite Widespread Opposition from Michigan Voters

    Close-up of a pregnant woman protectively holding her belly with both hands

    MCC this week continued to make the case that the Reproductive Health Act would harm the health and safety of vulnerable women in Michigan and is out of step with the will of Michigan voters. Despite these efforts, a majority of Michigan senators sided with the abortion industry in sending the bills to the House. Also this week, lawmakers took testimony on MCC-supported bills to crack down on church vandalism, and the Governor signed MCC-backed bills to ensure kids are drinking safe water at schools and daycares. Read more in this week’s Lansing Update.

    Physician Shares Story of Woman Who Survived Abortion Complication in Testimony Against Abortion Deregulation Bills

    Rebecca Mastee, policy advocate for MCC, testifies against the RHA package before the Senate Housing and Human Services Committee.

    As a second legislative committee took up testimony on the dangerous Reproductive Health Act bills, a physician shared about helping to save a woman who had to be rushed to a hospital after suffering an abortion complication at a clinic. The story illustrated why the various abortion protections and safeguards up for repeal in the RHA are needed. Read about that story and other legislative updates of interest to MCC in this week’s Lansing Update.

    Action Needed to Help Nonpublic Schools

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    Catholic advocates are urged to contact their senator about including nonpublic schools in legislation that would expand school meal programs. Plus, a quick update on where the Reproductive Health Act stands and news on legislation affecting religious liberty, juvenile justice and more. Finally, some updates on March for Life and a new auxiliary bishop in Michigan. Read more in Lansing Update.

    Signs of Hope Emerge as Opposition Efforts Continue Against Reproductive Health Act

    Protect a Woman's Right to Know! Keep informed consent for abortion and the 24-hour waiting period in place. TELL YOUR LEGISLATOR TO VOTE NO ON THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT!

    While the dangerous Reproductive Health Act moved out of committee to the House floor this week, signs of hope emerged in MCC and its pro-life partners’ efforts to defeat it. Also this week, MCC and the nonpublic school association provided strong advocacy before the Legislature to include nonpublic schools in expanded school meal programs. Read about these issues and more in this week’s Lansing Update.

    MCC, Coalition Partners Unite to Oppose Dangerous RHA Legislation

    From left to right: Eileen McNeil of Citizens for Traditional Values, Dr. Michelle Monticello, Dr. Catherine Stark, and Rebecca Mastee with MCC testify against the RHA before the House Health Policy Committee.

    As lawmakers took testimony for the first time on the dangerous Reproductive Health Act, MCC and other statewide organizations formed a coalition and spoke out in opposition against the bills, which would deregulate abortion in Michigan. Learn more about how you can get involved and tell lawmakers to protect the health and safety of vulnerable women and children across the state by reading this week’s Lansing Update.

    Bills Endangering Vulnerable Women Introduced

    A concerned-looking pregnant woman sitting on her bed, protectively holding her belly

    As expected, abortion advocates in the Legislature have introduced legislation that would repeal health and safety standards for abortion clinics, which poses a threat to the health and safety of women. In other news, there’s a new, quicker way to stay connected to MCC and the Catholic Advocacy Network. Read more in this Lansing Update.

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