LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Representative Tom Hooker can’t stop abortions from happening – but he’s trying to stop the state from funding them.
That’s why he wrote a bill that would stop state funding to groups that perform elective abortions, refer pregnant women to abortion providers and consider abortions as part of family planning services.
Desiree Cooper of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan says the bill is a bad idea.
“What we think about this bill is that it’s being very short-sighted to put bad policy into a permanent bill,” Cooper said.
Hooker doesn’t think the bill is short-sighted, stating, “I’ve voted against four state budgets where any state taxpayer funding went to an organization whose primary purpose is aborting unborn children… the goal of HB 4145 is to make this permanent.”
But the proposed bill will not affect Planned Parenthood services here in Michigan, because it gets its funding from the federal government.
Cooper says although the bill won’t affect them, Planned Parenthood is committed to supporting women’s rights.
“What we are doing is trying to protect the public interest,” Cooper said. “It’s not about us.”
But pro-life groups also showed up, saying they don’t want taxpayer dollars to go toward ending human lives.
“Our state money will not go to any organization – Planned Parenthood or otherwise – that destroys children,” said Ed Rivet, Legislative Director for Right to Life of Michigan.
The committee didn’t vote on the bill today, which means the controversy will continue.
Representative Hooker introduced the bill last February. He expects the Appropriations Committee to vote on the bill soon.