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.
“This is the best and safest option for Yoopers,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “There is no other realistic way to move natural gas without a pipeline. Trucking would be nearly impossible and would have a far greater negative impact. This is a common-sense solution that makes sense for everyone.”
“This project will bring jobs and an incredible investment to the Calumet community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Anytime we can pair an investment in local business with an investment in our armed forces, it’s a win for Michigan.”
“Many U.P. residents want freedom to install their own solar and have energy independence when possible,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “But they also need reliable and affordable energy when the sun is not out and the wind is not blowing. They also do not want tens of thousands of acres of their communities forced into being solar panels.”
“Local control is essential in all aspects of government, especially in projects that could change the entire landscape of a community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “The people who know best about our community were elected by our friends and neighbors to make those decisions. It’s vital that our voices don’t get drowned out by Lansing Democrats who want to make the U.P. into a parking lot full of windmills.”