State Rep. Joseph Fox on Friday criticized Democrat-sponsored proposals that would repeal health, safety, and reporting standards for abortion clinics, pay for elective abortions with taxpayer funds, eliminate informed consent requirements, and permit partial-birth abortion – an extremely unpopular late-term abortion procedure.
The House Health Policy Committee on Thursday considered House Bills 4949-4959, the “Reproductive Health Act,” which removes Michigan’s medical licensing and safety requirements for abortion facilities. Fox, R-Fremont, noted that the dangerous, unpopular changes have nothing to do with what Michigan voters expected when Proposal 3 passed in 2022.
“The so-called Reproductive Health Act is an affront to God,” said Rep. Fox. “Michigan has now become a playground for extremely harmful ideals about abortion, and our families and next generations are going to pay the price. While claiming to promote reproductive health, this plan ultimately risks hurting Michigan residents by undermining patients and decriminalizing the worst parts of abortion practices. These bills strip away critical information and safety standards, and they delegitimize the ballot initiative process by discarding the will of Michigan voters, tricking them by delivering a plan they never wanted.”
Among other changes, HBs 4949-4959 would:
- Repeal the law requiring licensing and inspection for abortion facilities to ensure proper health and safety procedures are followed. In 2013, unsafe conditions in a Muskegon clinic demonstrated the importance of proper health and safety guidelines.
- Eliminate requirements for abortion providers to report the abortions they perform and any instances of a woman facing complications or death as the result of an abortion.
- End protections that ensure women have the opportunity to provide informed consent before getting an abortion, with at least 24 hours to review information in non-emergency situations.
- Repeal Michigan’s prohibition on partial-birth abortions, although federal law also prevents the gruesome late-term abortion procedure.
- Allow, and in some cases require, taxpayer funding to pay for medically unnecessary abortions.
Polling conducted by Marketing Resource Group this year showed that 90% of Michigan voters support the licensing and inspection of abortion facilities for health and safety purposes. Further, 63% of Michigan voters support a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion to allow a woman to provide informed consent. The poll also found that 67% of Michigan voters support requiring parents to consent to their minor child having an abortion; Democrats decided not to attempt to repeal Michigan’s parental consent law for now, given how unpopular the move would be.
“This dangerous plan is extremely unsafe for Michiganders,” Fox said. “I will not stand for that, and I will fight tooth and nail against these radical bills.”
“To Gov. Whitmer, bipartisanship is a ‘half-truth’ meant to score political points,” said Fox, R-Fremont. “If she was serious about bipartisan legislation, then she and the Democrats would share power with Republicans in the evenly split House of Representatives and have conversations about plans that would actually benefit Michigan families.”
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