We strive to achieve the passage and ratification of a Human Life Amendment, to educate people on identified Right to Life issues, to motivate them to action, to encourage community support for and participation in programs and legislation that foster respect and protection for human life, and to promote and support prolife candidates.
We work on behalf of defenseless human beings, born and unborn, within our identified life issues of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide.
Grand Rapids Right to Life began informally as a study group in 1969 to become informed on the abortion issue. After a Lansing rally in 1971, Grand Rapids Right to Life was formally organized. The first annual meeting was held on December 2, 1971, at which time the constitution was adopted and a Board of Directors elected.
In August 1972, a referendum proposing abortion-on-demand through the fifth month of pregnancy was brought before the voters of Michigan. Grand Rapids Right to Life became a part of the temporary, loose-knit statewide coalition, Voice of the Unborn, to fight the abortion referendum. Michigan voters rejected the referendum (Proposal B) by 61%.
On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court struck down all existing abortion laws in the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases, thus making abortion-on-demand legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason.
After the referendum, a statewide organization, Right to Life of Michigan (originally Michigan Citizens for Life) was formed.
Grand Rapids Right to Life was incorporated on April 29, 1976. The main goal of the organization is the constitutional protection of all human life in all stages of development. Membership is open to anyone supporting the goals of the organization.
Most recent activities of the organization are detailed in the 2020 Annual Report.
The focus of Grand Rapids Right to Life is outlined in the Organization Overview.