Abortion Amendment Would Repeal Laws Protecting Viable Babies

May 24, 2022

Did you know that the anything-goes abortion amendment would repeal Michigan’s Partial-Birth Abortion, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and allow for late-term abortions?

Today marks the launch of our “Did you know?” campaign. This month-long campaign will take place on our Facebook, Twitter, blog, and here. Each week we will release a new set of laws that the RFFA anything-goes abortion amendment will impact if enough signatures are collected and Michiganders vote for it on the November ballot.

We are starting week one of this campaign with a category of laws that will be repealed. These laws are essential to protecting viable babies and preventing infanticide.

The first law is the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban. This procedure starts by dilating the woman’s cervix over the course of three days. On the third day, the infant is delivered feet first up to the neck. The infant’s head is left in the birth canal so the doctors can claim that the child has not technically been delivered yet. The doctor then kills the child, crushes the skull, and then delivers the now-deceased baby.

The majority of the public and medical experts largely disfavor partial-birth abortion. Currently, partial-birth abortions are a felony for physicians to perform in Michigan. The penalty for committing this procedure is a fine of up to $50,000 and a maximum of two years in prison. While the federal government has passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban in 2001, Michigan has also set in place a statewide ban to ensure that the law is being enforced and violators are being properly prosecuted.

The RFFA amendment will also allow late-term abortions and prohibit the state from passing any restrictions. This means that abortion would be legal up until the moment of birth in Michigan. Late-term abortions are overwhelmingly disfavored by the majority of Americans. The language within the RFFA amendment proposal suggests that abortions will be restricted after viability but an unlimited “mental health” exception is also included to justify late-term abortion. This deceiving language continues throughout the amendment by changing the definition of “viability” from the scientific definition—which is when the child can survive outside of the womb—to the “likelihood of the fetus’s sustained survival outside the uterus without the application of extraordinary medical measures.” This means that infants with disabilities, serious health conditions, or born prematurely will not be protected from infanticide.

The second law that will be repealed by the RFFA amendment is the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. This act was passed in 2002 when Governor Engler signed it into law with bipartisan support from the MI House and Senate. The law ensures that infants born alive during an abortion are granted full rights of legal personhood and are given life-sustaining treatment. If the infant is born alive and is born too young to survive, the child should then be given perinatal care.

Under the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, women are protected from prosecution, while doctors who neglect abortion survivors can be prosecuted. The Born Alive Infant Protection Act also ensures that children can be surrendered under the Safe Delivery Act so they can be adopted quickly by a loving family. Abortion survivors are rare but do occur. The Abortion Survivors Network is a community that provides resources and a voice for survivors. They strive to educate the public on this “taboo” subject and let the world know that they exist.

These two laws and the future of restricting late-term abortions ban are in jeopardy and need your protection. Innocent lives are hanging on the whim of the radical pro-aborts in Michigan who don’t just want to legalize abortion, they want unlimited and unrestricted abortion anywhere, anytime, and anyway.

This wraps up week one of our “Did you know?” campaign. Please don’t stop talking about this. Share our Facebook and Twitter posts to let your friends and family know. Next week we will be discussing laws that protect women’s health and safety.