While praising a court ruling that will allow a key pro-life law to be enforced, state Rep. John Damoose, founder and co-chair of the legislative Pro-Life Caucus, today repeated his resolve to protect preborn babies from abortion.
The Michigan Court of Appeals today issued an order confirming that county prosecutors may enforce Michigan’s law prohibiting abortion except to save the mother’s life, clarifying that an injunction by the state Court of Claims preventing the attorney general from enforcing the law cannot apply to county prosecutors.
“In June, the U.S. Supreme Court finally ruled that states may protect the innocent lives of babies in the womb, and now this state court decision will allow Michigan to restore pro-life protections,” said Damoose, R-Harbor Springs. “When the law takes full effect, our pro-life mission will continue — to oppose radical efforts to allow abortion on-demand up until birth, and to support the mothers and babies who need our help. I’ll keep working to support families, even when the governor targets them with her veto pen.”
The Court of Appeals decision officially recognized that an injunction issued earlier this year by the Michigan Court of Claims in Planned Parenthood v. Attorney General did not apply to county prosecutors — an argument several county prosecutors have been making since the injunction was issued. That injunction had blocked enforcement of Michigan’s pro-life statute that would otherwise have been enforceable after the U.S. Supreme Court, in Dobbs v. Jackson, returned broader authority over abortion to the people’s elected state legislators.
The order will allow county prosecutors to enforce the law, which authorizes charges against abortionists, not women obtaining abortions.
Damoose pointed out that efforts to promote life by helping Michigan families received opposition last month, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stripped out of the state’s general and school aid budgets more than $22 million for services to support maternal health care, pregnancy and parenting services, and adoption.
After advocating to protect efficient air travel for passengers from Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, state Rep. John Damoose today praised the planned restoration of direct, nonstop flights between local airports and Detroit.
Building on his efforts to secure critical infrastructure, state Rep. John Damoose on Tuesday testified before the House Committee on Transportation in support of his plan to protect Michigan airports by clarifying a state law that restricts weapon possession in airport sterile areas.
Rep. Damoose talks about his HB 5335, which is currently out of the House and pending in the Michigan Senate. HB 5335 would require local clerks to provide badges, which poll challengers would wear while at a polling place or counting board. Rep. Damoose says the legislation is part of a larger move toward transparency.