Sanctions of the Cross
Political theatre, 2016
“Sanctions of the Cross” was a response to an anti-choice protest held at a Planned Parenthood location in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Good Friday. The procession was a testament to the burden of oppressive mandates endured by women who are forced to consider the religious opinions of the legislature while making personal family planning decisions. Just as the church commemorates the flagellation of Jesus by the Roman soldiers, the Temple acknowledged the role played by Michigan Senators and Representatives in keeping women under the church’s law. In particular, Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), Representative Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center) and Senator Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) was recognized for their role in sponsoring anti-choice legislation.
Senator Colbeck sponsored SB 575, a bill which would cut funding to health facilities that also perform elective abortions. Both Sen. Colbeck and Rep. Hooker also sponsored legislation which would create a “Choose Life” license plate to raise funds for nonprofit organizations that promote alternatives to abortion, such as crisis pregnancy centers.
Senator Emmons has co-sponsored several anti-choice bills and introduced SB 573 a TRAP law which would require the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to license abortion clinics as freestanding outpatient surgical facilities, a regulation deemed medically unnecessary by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Photo and Video by Matthew Tuppen.