Legislation introduced in Michigan aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood
LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - As Michigan lawmakers hammer out a new state budget some Republicans want to ensure no tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood.
Political Reporter Nick Minock reports from the state capitol that the Right to Life movement is pushing several bills at the capitol, including one that would not allow tax dollars to flow to organizations that provide abortions.
The Right to Life movement scored a big win last week when the U.S. Senate passed legislation to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood.
Even though Republicans have control on Capitol Hill, passing the bill was not easy and Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie to pass the legislation.
In Michigan, Planned Parenthood is taking notice and Amanda West, with Planned Parenthood, is keeping a close watch on a bill introduced by Michigan Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-7th District, that aims to defund organizations that provide abortions and redirect money to other family planning organizations that don't provide abortions.
West says the bills are curious, "Planned Parenthood doesn't receive any state Family Planning Funding."
She says Colbeck's bill may, instead, impact federal dollars that Planned Parenthood counts on to keep their doors open.
West said, "This would say to those Medicaid patients that they are not allowed to come to Planned Parenthood any further. The other would be title ten funding. That is funding from the federal government for low income individuals that need to access reproductive health care."
She adds it's already illegal for tax dollars to go towards abortions.
Genevieve Marnon, with Right to Life Michigan, said, “That's true. However, what they do is they take the state and federal dollars to buy the equipment, pay the salaries, to pay the rent. So, it shores up their business to provide abortions."
Marnon focused on helping pass Colbeck's bill in Lansing, as she and her colleagues work towards their end goal.
She said, "The big goal would be to make abortion illegal and respect life from conception to natural death. That's our big goal at Right to Life Michigan.”
Colbeck's bill is being referred to the Senate Oversight Committee.