Action Alert

Halt a disgraceful Michigan bill!

Oppose state-sanctioned anti-choice fundraising in Michigan

A deeply offensive, unconstitutional bill mandating Michigan to offer a fundraising license plate that reads "Choose Life" will soon land on Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

Funds from the plate would go to the Choose Life Michigan Fund, which then must grant the money to nonprofit organizations that promote "life-affirming programs and projects." This specifically includes Crisis Pregnancy Centers, overtly religious anti-choice centers with a history of providing dubious care to pregnant women.

Senate Bill 0163 has passed the final state Senate vote, but fell short of securing enough votes to give the bill immediate effect. It has been reported that the governor is undecided about signing this shameful bill. It isn’t too late to take action and stop it from becoming law.

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The Michigan Senate, on Tuesday, June 6, sent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Senate Bill 0163, which legislates for a religious fundraiser that would violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The primary goal of Crisis Pregnancy Centers is to scare teens from using contraception or seeking abortions, both of which these centers oppose for purely religious reasons. The government may not signal its endorsement of this religious agenda by holding a statewide fundraiser to support it.

Numerous studies have shown that Crisis Pregnancy Centers often sacrifice sound medical advice and basic ethical standards to spread their religious message. In 2002, the Center for Reproductive Rights found that the centers misinformed their clients about the consequences of abortions, including false claims that abortion causes breast cancer, sterility and psychological damage. In 2006, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman released a study with similar findings, also disclosing that many Crisis Pregnancy Centers incorrectly told clients that abortion would interfere with a woman's ability to bear children in the future. Studies in multiple states have found that the centers incorrectly tell pregnant teens that condoms are ineffective in reducing pregnancy and the transmission of certain STDs, and that abortion causes mental illness. Joanne Rosen, an associate lecturer at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, concluded an article about Crisis Pregnancy Centers by writing that "collectively, [their] practices jeopardize the health of women and their children, and a public health response is warranted."

Crisis Pregnancy Centers promote a rabid evangelical Christian agenda and are hostile to nonbelievers and non-Christians, as well as the humanist principle of a woman's right to reproductive self-determination. It is well beyond the scope of a secular government to fund these organizations through license plate sales.

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