Sen. Colbeck, Rep. Johnson introduce legislation to ban public funding of abortion clinics

Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, and Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, announced on Tuesday the introduction of legislation that would ensure public dollars could not be used for the funding of abortion clinics in Michigan.

“We just recently saw the importance to people of protecting the unborn on full display at the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.,” said Sen. Colbeck. “Our budget in Michigan should not be used to fund abortion clinics, whether that would be directly through state-generated revenue or indirectly with money we receive from the federal government.”

The bills, Senate Bill 162 and House Bill 4221, would ensure that state law clearly prohibits the use of such public monies, even through indirect methods.

“The sanctity of life is simply too important to allow public dollars to support abortion clinics,” said Rep. Johnson. “Taxpayers need to be assured the money government compels them to pay is not going toward these services.”

Both Rep. Johnson and Sen. Colbeck said they would be asking for quick hearings on the legislation.

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