To: Priests, Deacons, Religious, Evangelical Charity directors, Parish Pro-Life Coordinators and Bulletin editors
From: Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship-Office of Evangelical Charity, Office of Respect Life
This past January, the “Reproductive Freedom for All” ballot committee was formed within the State of Michigan to try to permanently ensure the right to abortion in the Michigan state constitution by advocating for a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment. The introduction of the ballot measure was in response to a fair probability that Roe v. Wade could/would be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court with the forthcoming Dobbs decision, which would allow Michigan’s long-standing abortion ban to be fully enforceable.
In February, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved the Reproductive Freedom for All ballot committee’s campaign petition summary. For the proposed amendment to be placed on the November 2022 ballot, the campaign will need to gather over 425,000 valid signatures by July 11th. The American Civil, Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and Michigan Voices have begun circulating petitions to gain support.
To prayerfully respond to this petition against the sacredness of life, we are providing you with “Do not sign” messaging from the Michigan Catholic Conference for your parish. Also, please direct parishioners to Citizens to Support MI Women and Children for more information about what the unlimited abortion petition could do. Michigan Catholic Conference is a member of the Citizens to Support MI Women and Children coalition, which was specifically formed to oppose this ballot initiative.
The Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) serves as the directive Catholic advocacy voice of the Bishops of Michigan within their respective Arch/Dioceses. Archbishop Vigneron also shared his message to join him in praying that the proposed ballot initiative does not succeed.
We hope these resources will help raise awareness that this petition will be circulating, how to spot these petitions, and how to avoid inadvertently signing it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.