Residents of Michigan may have the last word on a major piece of pro-life legislation.
Michigan lawmakers have passed a bill that bans “D&E” abortion, the most common procedure used to terminate preborn babies in the second and third trimesters that removes the fetus limb by limb.
Chris Gast of Right to Life of Michigan says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to veto the bill but citizens of The Wolverine State are kicking off a citizen-initiated process to gather their own signatures.
“And so we're going to go out and collect 400,000 signatures,” Gast predicts, “send those bills back to the legislature, and they can pass them into law bypassing Governor Whitmer entirely.”
Meanwhile, pro-lifers in Ohio are finding a more receptive audience from their state leaders: Attorney General Dave Yost is expected to defend a pro-life law from a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
"He's very pro-life," Jamieson Gordon of Ohio Right to Life says of the attorney general, a Republican.
Back in Michigan, Gast agrees the petition drive is a difficult task but says it has been accomplished four times already, and people are already contacting the pro-life group about adding their name.
“We haven't even really launched it yet,” he says.
The organization has filed the necessary paper work with the state for the petition drive.