LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. John Damoose on Wednesday voted no on legislation that promotes abortion and removes basic safeguards for Michigan women.
“Even with the passage of Proposal 3, voters have shown they still do support basic safety protocols and reasonable limitations,” said Damoose, R-Harbor Springs. “People widely support guidelines that ensure the safety of those undergoing the procedure, people widely oppose the inhumane practice of partial birth abortions and people agree that parents should not be left in the dark if their minor child is considering an abortion.
“Democrats said Proposal 3 wouldn’t have any effect on commonsense protections, however, they voted down several amendments that would ensure certain protections remain in place.”
Senate Bills 37, 39 and 93 and House Bills 4006 and 4032 would remove guardrails to protect the health and safety of women and the unborn, such as laws regarding the selling of drugs to cause an abortion. SB 2 would repeal a section of law referencing the use of indecent or obscene language in publishing information on contraceptives and abortion-related drugs.
Damoose supported several amendments that would have strengthened penalties for partial birth and coerced abortions, provided additional protections for babies with Down syndrome, supported adoption programs, and provided additional resources and care for women who are struggling financially.
Each of these amendments were voted down by Democrats.
“This is not a day for celebration. We should be grieving the loss of so many innocent lives,” Damoose said. “I’m staunchly disappointed in the actions of this body today and over the last few weeks. The day one chooses to have an abortion is a very sad day for everyone involved — the mother, the child and the father. Nobody should celebrate this as a good thing.
“These bills send the message that life really isn’t that important. I could not sign my name to something that further degrades the value of life in this state and this country.”