LANSING, September 30, 2003 ( – The Michigan State Senate has passed 25-11 legislation defining a person as legally born when any part of the body of the child is expelled from the woman’s body.  The legislation would outlaw partial-birth abortion which involves removing most of the baby from the mother before killing him/her.  Cardinal Adam Maida supported the legislation.  On behalf of the Michigan Catholic Conference he signed an open letter appearing in full-page ads in papers across the state calling for the passage of the legislation.  “The question before us today is life … life itself. Without a determination of when a child is legally born, every partially born child in Michigan is at risk. We’re all in this together … including and especially our newest and most vulnerable citizens, our newborn children,” said the letter.  The legislation now goes before Governor Jennifer Granholm, who calls herself both Catholic and pro-choice.

See the Catholic Conference letter:


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