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, AlPscholka@house.mi.gov
Chris Afendoulis 517-373-0218 ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov
John Bizon 517-373-0555 DrJohnBizon@house.mi.gov
Jon Bumstead 517-373-7317 JonBumstead@house.mi.gov
Edward Canfield 517-373-0476 EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov
Laura Cox 517-373-3920 LauraCox@house.mi.gov
Daniela Garcia 517-373-0830 DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov
Larry Inman 517-373-1766 LarryInman@house.mi.gov
Nancy Jenkins 517-373-1706 NancyJenkins@house.mi.gov
Tim Kelly 517-373-0837 TimKelly@house.mi.gov
Mike McCready 517-373-8670 MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov
Aaron Miller 517-373-0832 AaronMiller@house.mi.gov
Paul Muxlow 517-373-0835 PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov
Dave Pagel 517-373-1796 DavePagel@house.mi.gov
Earl Poleski 517-373-1795 EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov
Phil Potvin 517-373-1747 PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov
Harvey Santana 517-373-6990 HarveySantana@house.mi.gov
Rob VerHeulen 517-373-8900 RobVerHeulen@house.mi.gov
Roger Victory 517-373-1830 RogerVictory@house.mi.gov