Michigan Pro-Life Prayer Rally’s Online Registration System Attacked by ‘Pro-Choice Cyberattack’, Organizers Say | National Catholic Registry

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The “Fight Like Heaven” event will take place this Sunday, November 6, ahead of the midterm vote on Proposition 3, a proposed abortion amendment. Bishop Robert Gruss of Saginaw is to lead the gathering’s opening prayer.

Out-of-state abortion supporters appear to have interfered with a Michigan pro-life prayer event’s online registration system in what organizers called a ‘pro-choice cyberattack’ .

“A few days ago we realized that many of our registrations were fake and came from outside of Michigan,” said Lori Becker, outreach coordinator for the Diocese of Saginaw, Nov. 3. online, which makes it difficult for genuinely interested people to sign up.

The ”Fight Like Heaven” ‘Ecumenical Prayer Rally’ event will take place this Sunday, November 6 at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw. Participants will pray for the defeat of Proposition 3.

The proposed amendment to the Michigan Constitution would legalize abortion up to the point of birth and have other important effects, including ending parental consent laws for minors seeking abortions.

Right now, women in Michigan can have abortions for any reason before they are viable. After viability, abortion is allowed to save the woman’s life. State courts have currently blocked Michigan’s longstanding near-total ban on abortions. The ban has been part of state law since 1931, but was unenforceable under Roe v. Wade.

Becker said rally organizers asked attendees to register to help with preparations. However, fake registrations came from IP addresses in Portland, Oregon; Boston; Chicago; and New York.

Many of the fake registrations appeared to be from pro-life organizations, which helped conceal the interference of the organizers. However, some listings appeared to be associated with abortion centers.

“We were advised to report this to the authorities,” Erin Carlson, communications director for the Diocese of Saginaw, told CNA. “If there’s anything that can be done, I’m not sure.”

“We all need to be vigilant because in our defense of human life, we can become the target of organizations that even attempt to interfere with prayer,” Carlson said, adding that prayers are “powerful.”

“We are grateful to God for finding out what was happening before Sunday,” she said.

Michigan’s Catholic bishops came out openly against Proposition 3, calling it “an immense threat to the dignity of human life” in an Oct. 10 letter.

At Sunday’s gathering, Bishop Robert Gruss of Saginaw is to lead the opening prayer.

“My hope and prayer is that this attempt to sabotage our prayer event will backfire and instead motivate people to join us,” Bishop Gruss said in a November 3 statement. “The women and children of Michigan deserve better than unjust Proposition 3.”

Jennifer McDonald and Matt Lohr, producers of I did not know video opposing Prop. 3, will speak at the rally. The video, which is less than six minutes long, has over 130,000 views on YouTube. It was created by members of Grace Lutheran Church in Coopersville, Michigan.

Other speakers include religious leaders and pro-life leaders, such as Alveda King, a niece of civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Scheduled Catholic speakers include a Catholic high school teacher, a representative from Michigan Catholic conference and local post-abortion ministry director Rachel’s Vineyard.

Proposition 3 would allow late abortions due to an undefined mental health exemption in the proposition. This would define viability to apply only to children who can survive without extraordinary medical care, the Michigan bishops’ letter warned.

In addition, the proposed amendment would repeal existing laws requiring informed consent for abortion and parental consent requirements for teens seeking abortions, they said. It would also repeal existing laws requiring abortion centers to be licensed and inspected for health and safety reasons.

In addition, the proposal would allow anyone to perform an abortion and would prohibit any legal consequences if a woman is harmed. Michigan’s Catholic bishops have warned that its broad language would codify a right for minors to seek sterilization and so-called gender transition procedures.

Polls indicate a drop in voter support for the abortion measure, though defeat is uncertain. An Emerson College Polling survey of Michigan voters conducted in October found that 52% planned to vote Yes on Proposition 3. Previous surveys showed as many as 64% of voters planned to vote for the measure.

Bishop Gruss reflected on the interference in Saginaw’s pro-life rally.

“It appears that there are people outside our state who want to influence our state constitution through Proposition 3,” Bishop Gruss said. He added that more than $20 million in funding to support the abortion measure came from six people or organizations based outside of Michigan.

The funds go to Proposition 3 funder, the Michigan group Reproductive Freedom for All. In the last fundraising quarter, the Michigan pro-abortion group received $5.2 million from “dark money” group the Sixteen Thirty Fund; $4.5 million from the Open Society Policy Center, the lobbying arm of influential billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations; $2 million from billionaire former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; and $4 million from Nishad Singh, an engineering executive at Bahamas-based cryptocurrency exchange firm FTX, according to the Bridge Michigan news site.

Reproductive Freedom for All received $34.1 million between July 21 and October 23, mostly from “dark money” groups that are not required to disclose donors.

Citizens to Support MI Women and Children, the coalition opposing Proposition 3, raised $16.5 million in the previous quarter. During this period, Right to Life Michigan gave $9.2 million, the Michigan Catholic Conference gave $5.9 million, and the Catholic Dioceses of Saginaw and Lansing gave $100,000 each.

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