We work closely with the legislature to create and find sponsorship for bills that support and promote the family and traditional values. The following are bills we have been actively involved with.

Ultrasound Imaging for Abortions

Requires abortion providers to provide abortion-minded clients with an opportunity to view the ultrasound on the most up-to-date imaging equipment available at the facility. The legislation would effectively end the practice of showing a woman her fetus on a low-resolution machine while conducting the abortion with the use of a high-resolution machine.
MFF Position: Support
House Bill 4187; Sponsor: Rep. Joel Johnson Status: Health Policy Committee
Senate Bill: N/A

Abortion Coverage by Riders in Public Healthcare Programs

Requires individuals who purchase health insurance through the new state health exchange programs authorized by the new federal healthcare law, to purchase a separate rider to cover the cost of abortion services.
MFF Position: Support
House Bills 4065-66; Sponsor: Rep. Mike Shirkey   Status: Insurance Committee
Senate Bills 137-139; Sponsor: Sen. Mark Jansen; Status: Insurance Committee

Unmarried Second Parent Adoption

The legislation would allow a second adult, not legally married to a child’s parent, to legally adopt the child. Supporters contend that such an arrangement would provide children with additional support and benefits, such as health insurance. The legislation does not limit the second parent to an adult who is related to the child.
MFF Position: Oppose
House Bill 4060; Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Irwin; Status: House Families, Children and Seniors Committee
Senate Bill: N/A

Futility of Treatment Disclosure

Requires hospitals or other healthcare facilities to fully disclose “Futility of Treatment” policies to parents of patients under the age of 18. A “Futility of Treatment” policy permits a healthcare facility to refuse treatment of a patient if the treatment is not likely to be successful or the quality of life would be so diminished that treatment is deemed “futile.” Michigan Family Forum supports the legislation but recommends the disclosure apply to all patients and not limit the disclosure to parents of patients under 18.
MFF Position: Support
Senate Bill 165; Sponsor: Sen. Jim Marleau; Status: Senate Health Policy Committee
House Bill: N/A

Healthcare Conscience Clause

Allows healthcare facilities, teaching institutions or health professionals to refuse to participate in procedures that violate the religious beliefs of the institution or individual.
MFF Position:Support
Senate Bill 136; Sponsor: Sen. John Moolenaar; Status: Senate Health Policy Committee

Prohibit “Judge Shopping” for Judicial Waiver for Abortion

A minor would be prohibited from seeking a judicial waiver for an abortion from a second judge if she had been denied a judicial waiver previously for the pregnancy. The legislation allows for exceptions in some circumstances.
MFF Position: Support
Senate Bill 254; Sponsor: Sen. Mark Jansen; Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

Expand Child Support Orders

Child support could be ordered beyond the age of 18 if the child has a “developmental disability or mental retardation.”
MFF Position: Support
House Bill 4336; Sponsor: Rep. Jim Ananich; Status: House Judiciary Committee
Last Update: April 9, 2013

Past Legislation: 2011-2012

Expand School Choice Options

Senate Bills 618-624 A package of bills to remove the cap on charter schools, to allow a charter school to operate at more than one site (prohibited under current law), expand schools of choice among traditional public schools and expand dual enrollment opportunities and online education programs for all children, including those who are homeschooled …

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Increase Foster Care to Age 21

Senate Bill 435 Increases the age of eligibility for foster care support from the age of 18 to 21 in specific circumstances. Specifically, if the child (a ward of the state) resides in a foster home or other approved setting and is enrolled full-time in a college program, apprenticeship or job training program, foster care …

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Marriage and Divorce Proceedings

Senate Bills 545-549 Creates incentives for engaged couples to participate in premarital education programs, removes obstacles to clergy providing marriage and family counseling, requires divorcing couples with children to participate in a divorce education program and encourages them to develop a post-divorce parenting plan. Sponsors: SB 545 Sen. John Gleason, SB 546 & 549 Sen. …

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Counseling Student Conscience Clause

Senate Bill 518, House Bill 4140 Prohibits a public university from punishing a counseling or psychology student who will not counsel a client to engage in activity that violates the student counselor’s religious beliefs. Sponsor: Sen. Tupac Hunter, Rep. Joe Haveman Status: Senate and House Education Committees MFF Position: Supports

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Second Parent Adoption

House Bill 4249 Allows a second adult, not married to the parent of a child, to adopt the child. The second parent could be a relative, a family friend or a live-in partner and would presumably provide the child with additional benefits such as healthcare, greater household income and a legal parent in case of …

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Ultrasound Imaging for Abortions

Senate Bill 150 Requires abortion providers to provide abortion-minded clients with an opportunity to view the ultrasound on the most up-to-date imiaging equipment available at the facility. The legislation would effectively end the practice of showing a woman her fetus on a low resolution machine while conducting the abortion with the use of a high …

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Anti-Bullying Policies

Senate Bill 137, House Bill 4163 Requires school districts to adopt an anti-bullying policy in conjunction with parents, local law enforcement and community stakeholders. The legislation treats all students equally and does not enumerate groups of students based on characteristics or behaviors. Sponsor: Sen Rick Jones, Rep. Phil Potvin Status: Signed by Governor, Public Act …

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Partner Benefits for State Employees

House Bill 4770 Legislation to reverse Civil Service Commission’s action providing healthcare benefits to partners of state employees. A two-thirds vote of each chamber is required to overturn the Civil Service Commission’s action. Sponsor: Rep. Dave Agema Status: Passed House and Senate,presented to Governor MFF Position: Support

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