While we are still several months away from election season, there are already several citizen-led ballot initiatives being proposed in Michigan. Of these initiatives, there is one of particular concern for Catholics and all people of good will: a proposal to include “a right to abortion” in our state constitution.
This initiative, led by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, comes as the United States Supreme Court considers the future of Roe v. Wade. Should the court overturn that decision, laws in individual states will govern access to abortion. Current Michigan law bans abortion. Our opposition to this proposal, and indeed our opposition to abortion, is rooted in a clear witness to Jesus Christ and our understanding of the inherent, God-given dignity of all people, including the unborn. To sign this petition would be to actively participate in the promotion of the great evil of abortion.