State Rep. Greg Markkanen today announced his support for the Michigan Legislature’s choice to protect and uphold state law.
Attorney General Dana Nessel recently refused to put forth a defense to a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, which claims a Michigan law limiting abortion is unconstitutional. The Michigan House and the Senate have moved to intervene in defense of the lawsuit.
“Unfortunately, Dana Nessel has continued her troubling pattern of choosing which laws to enforce based on her partisan beliefs,” said Markkanen, of Hancock. “While she’s committed to being an activist instead of an attorney general, this decision from the Legislature is a commitment to standing up for the lives of the unborn and our state constitution. It has my full support going forward.
“While this case has been coined Planned Parenthood v Attorney General, they’re both on the same side of this argument. I will continue to be on the side of life, and this decision by the Legislature takes a crucial step to ensuring that life is protected in Michigan.”
The state law, which prohibits abortion in most circumstances, has been almost entirely unenforceable due to previous rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. But a leaked draft opinion and recent reports surrounding the nation’s highest court may signal that past decisions on abortion could soon be revised or overturned. The ongoing lawsuit from Planned Parenthood would work to enshrine the right to an abortion within the Michigan Constitution and prevent enforcement of the original Michigan law – regardless of new interpretations from the Supreme Court.
A Michigan Court of Claims judge has issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit which temporarily prevents enforcement of the law while the case moves forward.
“Democrats clamoring about process means nothing when they won’t engage with us legislatively,” said Markkanen, who serves on the House Education Committee. “I know there are former educators across the aisle. I’m sure they dealt with the same classroom distractions that I did. It appears they forgot about the remedies for those problems. If they truly recognize the need for school safety resources, I’d give them some of the same advice I gave some of my more distracted students – it’s time to turn off the phone, sit down at your desk, and get to work. We need a committee hearing so we can get these bills done.”
“There are so many Yoopers with Finnish heritage, making celebrating Finnish history all the more important in the Upper Peninsula,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Saunas are essential to Finnish culture. Finns of all generations enjoy traditional saunas for cleansing and as a vital source of relaxation and socializing.”
“Pvt. Karna served his country bravely in its time of greatest need,” Markkanen said. “As a fellow veteran, I’m honored to introduce a bill to memorialize his service and sacrifice in the Painsedale and South Range communities.”
“The governor’s new Good Jobs 2.0 proposal has a lot in common with Hollywood’s recent obsession with remaking classic movies; the only difference being, unlike many of the movies, the original Good Jobs program was terrible too,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Michigan doesn’t need to lure coastal corporations into our state so we can have more big fancy ribbon cutting events. We need a real economic development strategy to support our struggling small businesses across Michigan.”