April 29, 2015 — The Michigan House on Tuesday voted 59-51 to pass a budget (HB 4102) that would prevent the state or organizations with state contracts from contracting "with an organization which provides elective abortions, abortion counseling or abortion referrals," MLive reports.
Lawmakers who support abortion rights said the provision, which was approved as a budget amendment on Tuesday, would prevent all organizations that perform such services, including Planned Parenthood, from receiving state funding. Some state lawmakers also voiced concerns that it could place Michigan's ability to receive federal funds at risk.
The Michigan Senate is currently working on its own budget bill. If passed, the two budget proposals would need to be merged into a single measure before being sent to Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for consideration.
State Rep. Kristy Pagan (D) said she was "extremely disappoint[ed]" that conservatives "would use women's health as a bargaining chip." She said it was "completely unacceptable" to use the funding prohibition in order to gain conservative House lawmakers' "support to pass this omnibus budget bill."
Meanwhile, Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R) said several conservatives in the state House had wanted to ensure that Planned Parenthood would not receive state funding in the future. According to Cotter, Planned Parenthood has not received any state funding in the previous two budgets and he wanted to ensure that there was not "some discretion at the department level" that would allow the organization to receive such funding going forward.
Cotter added that he would look into concerns about the amendment's potential effect on federal funding (Feldscher, MLive, 4/28).