RTL Petition Drive update

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/18/2020 Under: All Articles

Today the Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously to allow another sample to be drawn for the Michigan Values Life petition drive to ban dismemberment abortions.

he four members of the board (two Democrats and two Republicans) agreed there were enough issues to merit another look from the Bureau of Elections.

The new sample will be larger, based on standard Bureau of Elections procedures. One point of concern for two members of the Board of State Canvassers involved thousands of additional signatures thrown out for “damage” by the Bureau of Elections, despite text on many of those petitions being totally legible.

Bureau of Elections staff has been directed to review those, at least some of which will definitely be added back to the total. 

To our knowledge, this is the first time the Board of State Canvassers has voted for another review like this. We are encouraged that they saw reason today, and we thank our elite legal team who successfully argued our case.

We look forward to continuing the process of this petition drive and to eventually stop the barbaric practice of dismembering children in the womb.

We know Planned Parenthood will do everything possible to challenge the petition drive again and disenfranchise you, the people who signed this petition. And so once again, we will defend your voice when it comes time to review the larger sample in the coming weeks.


As we approach the end of the U.S. Supreme Court's term, we know they must release their decision in June v. Russo soon. The case involves a Louisiana abortion facility regulation that requires the facilities to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

We know that following a botched abortion, follow-up from the abortionist is atrocious. If you had a complication from a surgery and your surgeon tried to duck town without any meaningful follow-up, nobody would defend it. No state would allow that! And yet, because of their ideological fanaticism, four Supreme Court justices are automatic votes to allow that to happen.

All eyes turn towards Chief Justice John Roberts: will he will stand with the U.S. Constitution and state medical regulations, or with Planned Parenthood and their lawyers?

As always, you can count on us to give you an update with what you need to know.

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