Michigan Poised to Ban Dismemberment Abortions After Petition Drive

Michigan’s Republican-held legislature is expected to ban dilation and evacuation abortions after the conclusion of a statewide petition drive by Right to Life of Michigan. Dilation and evacuation is one of the most common types of abortion used in the second trimester of a pregnancy. Right to Life of Michigan is fighting this particular form of abortion because it uses dismemberment, and the petition summary language approved by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers restates this: An initiative petition…to define ‘dismemberment abortion;’ to prohibit a person from performing a dismemberment abortion unless necessary to save a pregnant woman whose life

Michigan to Faith-Based Adoption Agencies: Violate Your Beliefs or Lose Funding

The state of Michigan has announced that funding will be cut off from adoption agencies that do not work with same-sex couples, forcing faith-based organizations to choose between their religious beliefs and the bottom line. This decision, announced Friday, comes as a result of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) suing the state on behalf of two lesbian couples. The legal settlement was negotiated between ACLU lawyers and Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. In exchange for this new policy for adoption agencies, the plaintiffs in the case will be dismissing their claims and paying their own fees and costs.

City Bans Michigan Farmer from Market for Refusing to Host Gay Wedding

Stephen Tennes, a Michigan orchard and farm owner, has filed a lawsuit against the city of East Lansing for refusing to permit him to sell his fruits and vegetables at a city-sponsored farm market. What was his crime? He refused to host a same-sex wedding at his orchard and posted on his Facebook page “his Catholic belief that marriage is a sacramental union between one man and one woman.” His refusal to host a gay wedding took place in Charlotte, Mich., far away from East Lansing’s jurisdiction. But according to Tennes, the city leaders decided their anti-discrimination policy required excluding him from the

Ready, Set, Go: States Rush to Defund Planned Parenthood After Senate Vote

Last week, the Senate voted to overturn an Obama-era HHS rule which restricted states from directing funds away from Planned Parenthood, moving one step closer to cutting off the abortion giant’s considerable taxpayer funding. The resolution is expected to be signed into law by President Trump within the next few days. Since that vote, several states have seemed to the Senate’s cue, quickly moving to cut their own government funding for Planned Parenthood. Take Pennsylvania, for example, where a newly introduced bill would effectively prevent the state Department of Health from entering into a contract with “any entity that performs abortions that

Six Days Left: Trump Has a Lot of Outs

When poker players are drawing to a straight or a flush, they will often talk about having a certain number of “outs” — i.e. how many cards are left in the deck that can make their hand, allowing them to win the pot. Donald Trump doesn’t have a winning hand yet, but he has a lot of outs. Last Thursday night, we wrote at Townhall about Donald Trump’s easier-than-you-think path to 270 electoral votes. We explained that Trump could get to 265 by winning Utah, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and North Carolina. At the time, this still seemed like a

Republicans Never Dreamed of Winning These States — Until Trump Came Along

Much attention is being paid this election to the relatively small polling leads Donald Trump holds in many traditional Republican strongholds — states such as Texas, Utah, South Carolina, and Georgia to name a few. This led, especially during the summer, to speculation of a Hillary Clinton blow out, with both liberal pundits and staunch #NeverTrump’ers pushing the narrative that Clinton could be poised to flip many red states into the Democratic column. What these pundits have ignored, however, is that while Trump’s leads in red states have indeed been unusually small, he has also been running much more competitively

State-by-State Breakdown: Here’s How Hillary Could Lose

When trying to handicap the presidential race, it is tempting to rely on national polling. But ultimately the next president is not determined by the popular vote — he or she will be determined state-by-state via the electoral college. We report on national polling at The Pulse 2016 all the time, so I don’t mean to suggest there isn’t use for it. Analytics outfits like FiveThirtyEight have found heavy correlations between national polling and election results at the state level. Because of this correlation, it’s almost a mathematical certainty that, if Clinton wins the popular vote by ten points on

Michigan Catholic Diocese Ditches Common Core

The Catholic Diocese of Marquette, Mich., announced that their schools are experiencing success implementing a classical curriculum in place of the Common Core standards that have become prevalent at school districts across the country. “While we respectfully understand that other private and Catholic schools may discern to adapt or adopt the standards for these and other reasons,” Marquette Bishop John Doerfler said in a statement, “we do not believe that such actions would benefit the mission, Catholic identity or academic excellence of our schools.” The diocese began implementing the new curriculum in the last school year, and reports are that the