State Rep. John Roth, R-Interlochen, released the following statement Monday after House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland, sent a letter to House Speaker Joe Tate, D-Detroit, calling for action on several Republican bills expected to garner bipartisan support. Hall’s letter includes a plan to criminalize fertility fraud, sponsored by Roth, that was supposed to be considered in October as part of a larger deal.
“Leader Hall clearly outlined non-partisan issues that both sides should be able to get behind,” Roth said. “The fact that only two votes were taken in January is completely unacceptable to the people we represent. House Republicans are ready to vote yes, but Speaker Tate needs to end the blockade and get his House back in order.”
House Bills 4178-4182 would protect women and families by criminalizing fertility fraud — deceit about sperm donors and other details related to assisted reproduction. The plan, spearheaded by Roth, creates two new felonies related to false representation and swapping out embryos. The legislation also makes changes related to criminal sentencing, stripping a doctors’ license, civil liability, and the statute of limitations.
“Women in Michigan have been betrayed by doctors they trusted to guide them through fertility treatment process,” Roth said. “Doctors can falsely represent or swap embryos, and our archaic state law still doesn’t consider these heinous acts a crime. I’m confident our bipartisan plan to criminalize these abhorrent practices would see broad support from both sides of the aisle.”
“Legal technicalities should never impose unnecessary and unintended burdens on private organizations,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “As things currently stand, summer resorts must abide by archaic rules that limit representation on boards and disallow virtual meetings or proxy voting.”
State Rep. John Roth, R-Interlochen, will soon host a local office hour in Buckley. The meeting will take place at the following time and location: Monday, February 19 Patty Cakes Restaurant & Bakery; 10 to 11 a.m., 214 W. Wexford Ave. in Buckley. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are […]
State Rep. John Roth, R-Interlochen, will soon host a local office hour in Ellsworth. The meeting will take place at the following time and location: Monday, March 11 Banks Township Community Hall; 10 to 11 a.m., 6520 Center St. in Ellsworth. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend […]
State Rep. John Roth, R-Interlochen, released the following statement Thursday regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address. The governor called for several expensive new programs, including two years of free community college and tax rebates for electric vehicles. “People are leaving Michigan in droves. Yet, the governor’s only response is to announce new […]