Faith & Freedom Friday – March 17, 2023

The State of Michigan is poised to repeal of all protection for unborn children – and require Christian businesses and other public accommodations to pay for it.

In moving to completely repeal Michigan’s protections for human life in the womb, legislators do not, as claimed, merely replace Michigan’s law with Roe. By default, their proposed legislation legalizes unrestricted late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and infanticide, now possible due to the passage of Prop 3 last November.  

By additionally adding abortion to Michigan’s civil rights law, Christian business owners and other public accommodations would also have to pay for the lethal conduct.  This all comes in the wake of the Governor signing legislation amending Michigan’s Civil Rights law to add sexuality classifications for special protection, while refusing to add provisions protecting religious conscience.  Together these actions significantly diminish the ability of Christian people to act according to their conscience without legal consequence.

The Michigan legislature ought to pause their comprehensive repeal and rewrite the legislation in a way that does not, by default, allow late term abortions, partial-birth abortions, and infanticide. And they certainly ought not require Christian business owners and other public accommodations to violate their conscience by requiring them to pay for it.  Like those who voted for the fugitive slave act and those who voted against the civil rights act of 1964, this vote is one of those historic votes that defines a legislator and legislature’s identity. They should vote wisely as history will forever hold them accountable.

About the Author

Prof. William Wagner
WFFC Distinguished Chair for Faith & Freedom at SAU
Professor Wagner holds the WFFC Distinguished Chair for Faith & Freedom at Spring Arbor University. He has a special interest in building and preserving environments where Christians may share the Good News of Jesus, free from persecution and oppression.

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