On September 20, an 83-year-old woman was shot with a gun while passing out pamphlets on Proposal 3, which will be on the ballot in the November 8 election. I don’t know this brave woman, but I share the history behind her zeal to inform voters about a destructive proposal.
We remember when we were asked to vote on Proposal B in the November election of 1972. Proposal B, if passed, would have allowed abortion to be legal in Michigan. We soundly defeated it!
On January 22, 1973, less than two months after our victory, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases. Their decision caused abortion to be legal through all nine months of pregnancy, all across our nation. What a blow, to say the least!
A small group of forward-thinking people in Michigan formed a coalition against abortion, and Grand Rapids Right to Life was formally incorporated shortly thereafter. They couldn’t overturn the court’s decision, but they could facilitate in passing laws to chip away at abortion-on-demand for 49 years.
Roe v. Wade was finally overturned on June 24 of this year! Now the power of legalizing abortion, or not, was returned to the states. Michigan already had an anti-abortion law, so we could revert back to it, just as other states did.
Michigan, however, has pro-abortion leadership now, and instead of yielding to our existing law, they doubled down and blocked its enforcement, until they could develop the insidious Proposal 3. This proposal not only allows abortion, but allows anyone, of any age, without parental knowledge or consent, to make irreversible decisions that would make Dr. Frankenstein proud! Decisions impossible for children to understand related to their future ability to reproduce; hormone blockers, sex-change operations, early sexual activity, and, of course, abortion.
A pedophile’s dream! A sex trafficker’s dream! Children could be removed from their parents’ homes if the adults don’t cooperate with the laws that would exploit and mutilate their own children.
The 83-year-old woman, a wounded warrior, has suffered for her battle. I hope she heals physically and emotionally from this trauma. I pray for her. She is my hero.
I share her zeal to protect our families from death and destruction. She has unwittingly shown all of us what it is to be informed, brave, strong, and loving enough to share her concern with neighbors when she sees evil on the horizon.