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A Federal 15-Week Ban on Abortion?

by | Aug 1, 2023

By Right to Life of Michigan

The post-Roe era calls for bold, compassionate leadership on the issue of abortion.

You may have heard some organizations or candidates promote a federal 15-week abortion ban as the path forward. Sadly, a federal 15-week ban offers almost no protection for the unborn, since about 95% of abortions happen in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Advocates for life should instead work to build consensus around legal protections which both safeguard women and offer meaningful legal protections for the unborn, as an effective starting point. We can and must offer a compelling case that invites women to make a choice for life, rather than equivocate with policies that offer little to no protection for women and the unborn.

While Proposal 3, which passed on November 8, 2022, created a constitutional right to abortion in Michigan, the path taken at the federal level will impact countless lives across the country and help chart the part forward for the broader cause of life in the days and years ahead.

We can and must do better.

Federal elected officials interested in offering meaningful protections and alternatives for women seeking an abortion and, ultimately, saving the lives of vulnerable children regardless of gestational age, should focus on legislative priorities such as:

  • Protecting the rights of parents to be involved in a minor’s decision related to an abortion.
  • Ensuring taxpayer dollars are not used for abortion.
  • Protecting informed consent and existing “right to know” laws for women seeking an abortion.

To view our full position on a federal 15-week abortion ban, please visit here.