By JOSHUA BENDER
Capital News Service
LANSING – A new bill would make permanent last year’s ban on state funding for abortion providers. Many proponents of the bill want measures ensuring state funds aren’t used to violate what they believe is the public’s consensus on abortion in Michigan. “This bill does not close a single Planned Parenthood or outlaw abortion,” said Genevieve Marnon, public affairs associate at Right to Life of Michigan’s Mid-Michigan Resource Center. “It only addresses the use of state taxpayer dollars.”
Some opponents of the bill argue it would harm the ability of agencies receiving state funds to fulfill their obligations to the public. “This would tie the hands of public health workers in the future should needs arise for family planning in areas where Planned Parenthood can pick up what is needed,” said Amanda West, director of government relations for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.