Update on Michigan Right to Life Petition Drive
By Paul Clark • August 4, 2020
In a sad development for the pro-life movement, the long-awaited result for the Petition Drive for Banning Dismemberment Abortion in Michigan is now in, and apparently the State Bureau of Elections has decreed that we have fallen short in the number of valid signatures necessary to pass the petition. Planned Parenthood challenged the legitimacy of some of the signatures (some due to written errors or double-signings, but many were challenged just for the tiniest flaws in the petition, such as small tears and stains). Many people have put much time and work into this petition drive in the past year in Michigan, and this comes as a great disappointment. Planned Parenthood may be rejoicing over their “win.” But think about it: They are rejoicing over preserving the right to dismember—yes, that means tearing apart little babies in the womb, limb by limb! Abominable. One thing is clear: we must continue to stand for the right to life of each and every child, as we also stand for the right to life for our elderly, our handicapped, our sick and dying. God help us, and grant us grace and courage and fortitude. Let us move ahead with renewed resolve and with a determination that cannot be shaken. Thank you to ALL who took the time to circulate or sign the petitions. God bless you! Our work for Life continues! In October, churches across Michigan will speak with ONE voice about ONE topic: Love Protects Life. Various FREE resources will help you promote, inform, inspire, and activate your congregation this fall to engage, vote, and protect life during the general election. Why? Because being pro-life is biblically right, ethically sound, and constitutionally correct. If we love life, then let’s protect it. For more information, visit https://rtl.org/.
This is an edited transcription of the video released by President Maier on June 25, 2020.
Hope is Here began at the very onset of the COVID-19 crisis. It was an opportunity to share a word of hope in a very difficult national circumstance, a national crisis which none of us had ever faced before. I’m very mindful of Paul’s words in Ephesians 1. Please listen: “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the HOPE to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (Ephesians 1:16-20 ESV). “That you may know what is the hope to which he has called you.” In every circumstance of life, in every day of life, friends, we need hope—and that was part of the reason for which we did this ministry. We pray that it continues to bless you, but we also want you to know that, as I pick up my particular schedule, I’m going to be traveling around the District again and I am not always going to be in a place where I can record a video presentation. But we are going to continue doing this on a regular basis. It is our prayer and desire to do this once or twice every week and to continue to let you know through social media and email when that is taking place. We thank you so much for your words of encouragement and your prayers for the continued blessing of Hope is Here, and we pray that you would continue to do both of these: encourage and pray for Hope is Here, that it would be a continuing blessing for those who tune in and listen. Thank you very much for your kind support and for your understanding. We’re going to weigh all the comments that you continue to send our way and we pray God’s richest blessing upon this ministry and upon your life. May you continue to find your living hope in our living Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that the best is always yet to come. Thank you.