More than a dozen faith leaders from a wide range of denominations from across the state gathered for a summit of sorts to encourage Michiganders to vote yes on Proposal 3 on Nov. 8—joining a growing list of conservative voices who now support the initiative to protect reproductive freedom.
"My grandmother was a hardworking subsistence farmer and mother to three children. When she bled on her bed from a botched abortion, she became one of thousands of women to lose their lives to the criminalized procedure."
Michigan is one of a handful of places where reproductive freedom will be on the ballot in November, after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June and left the issue to states to decide. A ban approved in 1931 was suspended, then struck down by state court rulings—but it is no guarantee that the procedure won't one day be outlawed.
Women say abortion care for medical reasons doesn't feel like a choice—instead they are forced upon them by the condition of the fetus they carry. And the constant drumbeat of new abortion bans, rulings and news since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade has reopened raw wounds.