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Categories: News 27Jan Rep. Hooker testifies to ban state funding to abortion providers LANSING – Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, testified before the House Committee on Appropriations today in support of House Bill 4145, which seeks to prohibit supplying state funds to health entities that provide or counsel to elective abortions.“This has been a passion project of mine for five years as a member of the state Legislature,” said Rep. Hooker. “I’ve voted against four state budgets where any state taxpayer funding went to an organization whose primary purpose is aborting unborn children. In 2015, there was no state-funding of Planned Parenthood and obviously women’s health care needs are being met.”HB 4145 would amend Public Act 360 of 2002, specifically preventing state funds, grants or contracts with any entity that provides elective abortions, refers pregnant women to a provider for an elective abortion or adopts/maintains a policy that an elective abortion is considered part of family planning and reproductive health services program.Rep. Hooker spoke before the committee, including answering questions and statements from membership, for just over 20 minutes.“I haven’t found a way yet to block federal funding for these organization, but we can block state funding and the goal of HB 4145 is to make this permanent,” said Rep. Hooker. “There are thousands of health care clinics that provide similar family planning services for free.”In addition to Rep. Hooker’s comments, the committee also heard testimony from Ed Rivet of Michigan Right for Life, James Muffet of Citizens for Traditional Values, Rebecca Mastee of the Michigan Catholic Conference, Dan Jarvis of Michigan Family Forum, Jim Sprauge of Pregnancy Research Counsel, constitutional law instructor William Wagner and Rep. Gary Glenn.Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, testifies in support of House Bill 4145 before the House Committee on Appropriations today in the state Capitol. The legislation seeks to ban all state funding to any entity that provides elective abortion services.The committee did not vote on HB 4145 today.