Published September 5, 2023
Written by Leah Savas, World News
Photography by Simply American
The day after the November 2022 elections, newly elected state Rep. Joseph Fox drove around his district in West Michigan to pick up campaign signs. He had landed a personal victory, defeating his Democratic challenger in his first general election.
But it wasn’t quite the victory Fox or his voters had hoped for. Fox knocked on some supporters’ front doors to thank them, and one elderly woman broke down in tears as they talked. She was crying over the passage of Proposal 3, the ballot measure adding a right to abortion to the state constitution. “It was just a jaw dropper, a surprise for many in our area that it passed,” Fox said. His conservative district voted it down, but statewide the measure passed with almost 57 percent of votes.
Before the fall election, Michigan still had a pro-life law on the books from 1846 that protected unborn babies from abortion in almost all cases. The law didn’t take effect after the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 allowed states to enact protections for unborn babies, but pro-lifers still hoped that it might someday shut down abortion facilities in the state. Pro-abortion activists thought it might, too. As a Planned Parenthood executive warned in an interview with Politico last fall, hinting at the state’s existing pro-life laws: “Michigan could become Texas.”
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