These are some of my thoughts on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it may affect us, as citizens of Michigan. As this is unfolding, we will need to educate ourselves and make some decisions, where we can. Some parts of this will be out of our hands, and some parts will require us to make informed choices.
The Serenity Prayer advises us to accept what we can’t change, but to change what we can. And we do still have an opportunity to create some meaningful changes in cooperation with this new law. And how our state applies it.
For instance, individual states are deciding how abortions will be paid for. Are abortions healthcare? Should tax money be used? Federal money? Or state money? It looks like tax money will automatically be used for abortion according to the terms of the ACA, unless states decide otherwise: the governors, the Congress or the people.
According to a website that I have been looking at (www.michigansvoice.com) that is exactly the question before us, as Michigan citizens, this summer. It seems the time to think and decide is now, while we still have time to make an informed choice. An old school, petition on paper, grass roots effort is underway to not have our tax money go toward abortion.
But our opportunity to make a difference is very limited. The website explains it all better than I will, so please check it out, but essentially we have this summer to make the effort required to collect the necessary signatures. We are hoping that pastors, faith leaders and faith communities will educate themselves and join in this effort, making the official county specific petitions available in their parishes.
Please don’t wait for your pastor to tell you about it or provide a petition. There’s no time. You may need to bring this to his/her attention. Any individuals can secure petitions to circulate in their sphere of influence. They can be sent to you for free. I have gotten them sent to my home quickly after filling out a request online. You can sign mine, or get your own.
In closing, I am reminded (and inspired) by the words of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor. He said “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
This is our chance. Not to just object or think to ourselves, “That’s a shame.” This is our opportunity to act. To take a position. To defend. To stand up. Please consider this decision, educate yourself, talk about it, obtain a petition, sign a petition, share a petition.
– Mary Marsh Gautz,
Oak Street, Morenci