Monday, January 25, 2016

State House committee to consider abortion provider state funding ban

In 2015, the Michigan Legislature enacted a budget provision preventing any state contracts for family planning with an abortion provider (mainly Planned Parenthood, but not exclusively) from containing any state funds. This provision, however, cannot prevent the flow of federal dollars that pass through the state health department. Shutting of those funds requires a win in Washington, D.C., which Congress did pass earlier this month and President Obama promptly vetoed.

This Wednesday, January 27, the House Appropriations Committee will take up House Bill 4145, which would make the state funding ban a permanent law, not an annual budget provision. Major abortion funding restrictions in Washington like the Hyde Amendment have always been year-to-year budget provisions. We do not want our state funding prohibition to be year-to-year.

Following is a list of House Appropriations Committee members to contact. If your representative is on the list, please contact him or her through e-mails or phone calls to their offices, encouraging them to Vote YES on HB 4145!

Al Pscholka (Chair) 517-373-1403,
Chris Afendoulis  517-373-0218
John Bizon   517-373-0555
Jon Bumstead  517-373-7317
Edward Canfield  517-373-0476
Laura Cox  517-373-3920
Daniela Garcia  517-373-0830
Larry Inman  517-373-1766
Nancy Jenkins  517-373-1706
Tim Kelly  517-373-0837
Mike McCready 517-373-8670   
Aaron Miller  517-373-0832
Paul Muxlow  517-373-0835
Dave Pagel  517-373-1796
Earl Poleski  517-373-1795
Phil Potvin  517-373-1747
Harvey Santana  517-373-6990
Rob VerHeulen  517-373-8900
Roger Victory  517-373-1830