As God’s creatures and loyal pets, puppies ought to be protected from harm. Thankfully Michigan has many laws that make it illegal to abuse, abandon, neglect, or mistreat an animal. Unfortunately, the law does not protect unborn humans as well as it protects puppies.
THE KILLING OF ANIMALS
A person can be charged with a felony in Michigan if they
- intentionally kill or torture an animal,
- recklessly endanger an animal, or
- threaten to kill or torture an animal to exert control over another person.
THE KILLING OF UNBORN HUMANS
Since January 22, 1973, it has been legal to kill an unborn child in the womb in all 50 states, through all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason due to the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Locally, at Heritage Clinic for Women, the abortionist
- offers medical abortions up to 10 weeks,
- performs Suction Curettage abortions from 4 weeks 6 days to 14 weeks, and
- performs Dilation & Evacuation abortions from 15 weeks to 22 weeks.
All forms of abortion are cruel.
Medical Abortions ($600 as of 2018)
RU-486 is a combination of two drugs used to inhibit the natural function of a woman’s body during pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks the natural hormones that maintain the nutrient-rich lining of the uterus. The developing baby dies as the lining of the uterus disintegrates. Between 24 and 48 hours later, the mother takes misoprostol to produce powerful contractions to expel the dead child.
- RU-486 accounts for 30% of abortions in Michigan.
- RU-486 abortions can potentially be reversed if the mother has not taken the second pill. Abortion Pill Reversal is an effective process and several doctors locally are able to administer this protocol.
Suction Curettage Surgical Abortions ($600 – $675 as of 2018)
In this procedure, the cervix is dilated by a group of instruments. A powerful suction tube with a knife-like edge on the tip is inserted into the uterus. The suction or vacuum dismembers the unborn child and sucks her body parts out of the womb. The abortionist finishes by using the tool to remove the placenta, blood, and amniotic fluid.
- This is the most extensively used abortion technique. It is performed in approximately 64% of abortion procedures in Michigan.
Dilation & Evacuation Surgical Abortions ($875 – $2,275 as of 2018)
At this stage in development, the child’s bones have begun hardening. The cervix is dilated and the abortionist uses forceps to tear off parts of the child, first the extremities and then the torso. The child’s head is often too large to be removed from the womb, so the abortionist crushes the skull before removal. When the procedure is over, abortion facility staff will reassemble the body parts to make sure none were left in the uterus.
- Also known as a dismemberment abortion, this procedure has become the preferred second-trimester abortion procedure. In Michigan, 6% of abortions use the D&E method.
Although Michigan does not have an abortionist who performs late-term abortions, these three-day procedures can be obtained in other states. Click here for a description of this procedure.
It’s a felony in Michigan to poison an animal intentionally. It’s a misdemeanor to leave poison in a place where someone else’s animals are likely to eat it. (Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 750.50b, 750.437 (2019).)
POISONING UNBORN HUMANS
Thankfully, most abortionists no longer poison unborn babies through Saline Injection abortions.
In this procedure, a salt solution is injected into the amniotic sac. The baby breathes and swallows the solution and dies one to two hours later from salt poisoning, dehydration, hemorrhages of the brain and other organs, and convulsions. The baby’s skin is often burned by the salt solution. The mother goes into labor 24 to 48 hours later and delivers a dead or dying baby.
This cruel and painful form of abortion is rarely used anymore because some children were born alive after this procedure. Prolife advocates Gianna Jessen and Melissa Ohden have shared their stories of surviving abortion.
PENALTY FOR KILLING AN ANIMAL
Penalties for torturing or killing an animal vary, depending on the circumstances and whether the animal was a pet. Anyone found guilty of torturing or killing a companion animal in order to control or terrorize someone can face up to ten years in prison, a $5,000 fine, and/or 500 hours of community service. (Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.50b (2019).)
PENALTY FOR KILLING AN UNBORN HUMAN
There is no penalty in Michigan for procuring or performing an abortion. It is, however, against the law to coerce someone into having an abortion.
Research confirms that a substantial number of women feel forced by boyfriends, spouses, parents, and others to have an abortion against their will. Women are coerced through threats of physical violence, withdrawal of financial support, loss of housing, and violation of employment contracts or other legal agreements.
The Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (2016) makes it illegal to coerce a woman to abort by threatening, physically assaulting, withdrawing financial support, or terminating or otherwise violating a legal contract, destroying or concealing a passport or other identification, and threatening to deport or arrest.
NO-KILL SHELTERS FOR ANIMALS
Michigan has many no-kill shelters that care for animals until they find a forever home with an adoptive family.
SAFE DELIVERY LAWS FOR HUMANS
Michigan has a Safe Delivery law that allows parents to safely surrender their newborn child, no more than 72 hours old, to an employee who is inside and on duty at any hospital, fire department, police station, or by calling 911. This program is a safe, legal, and anonymous alternative to abandonment or infanticide and releases the newborn for placement with an adoptive family.
Source: Animal Cruelty Laws in Michigan