Jennifer McDonald and Matt Lohr, producers of the “I Didn’t Know” video opposing Prop. 3, will speak at the rally. The video, less than six minutes in length, has over 130,000 views on YouTube. It was created by members of Grace Lutheran Church in Coopersville, Michigan.
Other speakers include faith leaders and pro-life leaders such as Alveda King, a niece of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Among the Catholic speakers scheduled are a Catholic high school teacher, a representative of the Michigan Catholic Conference, and a local director of the post-abortive ministry Rachel’s Vineyard.
Proposal 3 would allow late-term abortions due to an undefined mental health exemption in the proposal. It would define viability to apply only to children who can survive without extraordinary medical care, the Michigan bishops’ letter warned.
Additionally, the proposed amendment would repeal existing laws requiring informed consent for abortion and parental consent requirements for teens seeking an abortion, they said. It would also repeal existing laws requiring abortion clinics to be licensed and inspected for health and safety reasons.
Further, the proposal would allow anyone to perform an abortion and prohibit any legal consequences if a woman is harmed. Michigan’s Catholic bishops have warned that its broad language would codify a right for minors to seek sterilization and purported gender transition procedures.
Surveys indicate declining voter support for the abortion measure, though defeat is uncertain. An Emerson College Polling survey of Michigan voters conducted in October reported that 52% planned to vote yes on Proposal 3. Previous surveys showed as many as 64% of voters planned to vote for the measure.
Bishop Gruss reflected on the interference with the Saginaw pro-life rally.
“It appears there are people from outside of our state who want to influence our state constitution through Proposal 3,” Gruss said. He added that over $20 million in funding to back the abortion measure has come from six people or organizations based outside of Michigan.
The funds are going to Proposal 3’s backer, the Michigan group Reproductive Freedom for All. In the last fundraising quarter, the Michigan pro-abortion rights group received $5.2 million from the “dark money” group the Sixteen Thirty Fund; $4.5 million from the Open Society Policy Center, the lobbying arm of influential billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations; $2 million from the billionaire former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; and $4 million from Nishad Singh, an engineering executive at the Bahamas-based cryptocurrency exchange company FTX, according to the news site Bridge Michigan.
Reproductive Freedom for All received $34.1 million between July 21 and Oct. 23, mainly from “dark money” groups that are not required to disclose donors.
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Citizens to Support MI Women and Children, the coalition opposing Proposal 3, raised $16.5 million in the previous quarter. In that period, Right to Life Michigan gave $9.2 million, the Michigan Catholic Conference gave $5.9 million, and the Catholic dioceses of Saginaw and Lansing gave $100,000 each.