State Rep. Gina Johnsen (R-Lake Odessa) issued the following statement holding Michigan House Democrats accountable for the implications of their proposed surrogacy laws. The plan has been rushed through the legislative process and is expected to receive a committee vote tomorrow, just days after the plan was introduced:
“I’m troubled by this proposal, because I firmly believe the commodification of babies is unacceptable in our compassionate culture. This practice can be exploitive of women, particularly those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. The potential for offering large sums of money could pressure vulnerable women into becoming surrogates against their will.
“I’m certainly not alone in this thinking, as Thailand and India have repealed laws surrounding surrogacy, and Canada, Australia and most of Western Europe do not permit this type of legislation.”
“I’m sensitive to the desire to start or grow a family – that desire can be met in so many ways that are already legal. Private, non-compensated surrogacy is already legal, and there are numerous babies and young children waiting for loving parents to adopt them.
“This legislation could also allow the despicable act of intended parents mandating their surrogate to abort a baby based on his or her genetic traits. By allowing selective reduction, Democrats are confirming that certain lives are more valuable than others based on their genetic traits. This discrimination has no place in our society. The people I represent have ethical and moral concerns about entering this heinous practice into our lawbooks.
“This plan is being rushed through the legislative process and I urge my Democrat colleagues in majority to slow down and think carefully about the implications of compensated surrogacy.”
“When people get their 2023 tax returns, many will be getting back more money than they expected,” Johnsen said. “Those increased returns are a direct result of a Republican tax cut. Unfortunately, Democrats twisted the law, which was intended to be permanent, so it would only have effect through 2023. This new Republican plan couldn’t be clearer. The income tax would be immediately lowered to 3.9%, getting tax relief for the working class and leaving no bureaucratic loopholes for the governor to exploit.”
“Gov. Whitmer claims she’s helped Michigan families keep more of what they earn and reduce household expenses, but that’s not what I hear from my constituents who continue to suffer at the hands of inflation and burdensome income tax rates.”