There is a petition in Michigan circulating right now called the Right to Reproductive Freedom (AKA Reproductive Freedom) initiative. Please do NOT SIGN this petition. This petition seeks to make abortion at all stages a Constitutional Right in the State of Michigan. It only needs 450,000 signatures by July 11, 2022 to appear on the ballot this November (2022). Once in the Constitution, abortion will be in Michigan forever. It is very important that our parishioners understand this because the language of the petition is very deceptive. Bishop Boyea and the other Michigan bishops are all opposing this petition, with Bishop Boyea stating that signing it “is to place oneself in danger of grave or mortal sin because of this active and direct cooperation with evil.”
The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision on the Dobbs Case by the end of June 2022. Many people anticipate that part (or all) of Roe v. Wade and other pro-abortion Supreme Court Decisions will be overturend. This petition is a proactive response by pro-abortion advocates. Please DO NOT SIGN this petition. This petition is NOT one the Let MI Kids Learn petitions which we are being encouraged to sign. Please do not be confused.
From Bishop Boyea
"Recently, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and other organizations have begun seeking signatures for a petition to put a much more serious matter on our state ballot this fall. They seek to enshrine within our State Constitution a right to an abortion for the totality of the term of pregnancy. Please do not sign this petition. This is a radical proposal. They do not like the fact that, should the U.S. Supreme Court strike down Roe v. Wade, each state in the United States would then be governed by whatever laws are on their books regarding abortion. Here in Michigan that law bans abortion.
So, to sign such a petition is actively to cooperate in the promotion of this great evil of abortion, something Pope Francis has labeled as murder. Sisters and brothers, please do not sign any petitions that would legalize abortion. To do so is to place oneself in danger of grave or mortal sin because of this active and direct cooperation with evil.
In addition, please pray for those who seek abortion as the answer to their situation in life. Also, let us all provide for healthy and safe alternatives to assist those who currently see no way out. Let us always opt for life and help others to be able to do the same." Bishop Earl Boyea
- Support MI Women and Children - is an organization actively opposing this petition that provides accurate information about the petition and resources for educating parishes and individuals
- What to Say When they say... Flyer
- Church Handout
- The Truth about the Amendment Flyer
Prayer and Fasting
[Jesus] said to them, "This kind can only come out through prayer and fasting." - Mk 9:29
Please keep the defeat of this petition drive in your prayers! We are keeping updates on prayer initiatives on our Dobbs - Prayer and Prepare page. Please visit it for more information.
Page Last Updated: April 6, 2022