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By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow, March 5, 2020
Michigan’s Democratic governor wants abortion to receive a special status in the state’s schools – a move opposed by one of the state’s pro-family groups.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants the legislature to move on a proposal to allow school personnel to refer students for abortions. Dan Jarvis, research and policy director at Michigan Family Forum, tells OneNewsNow that current law bars schools from taking any steps to refer a student for an abortion.
“This is just a very simple measure … in the [Michigan] School Aid Act that really reinforces parental rights to be involved in their children’s important medical decisions,” he explains. “So, for her to try to allow school personnel to refer students for abortions is an end run around parental rights.”
Section 388.1766 of the School Aid Act instructs districts to establish a disciplinary policy for school officials or employees (who aren’t the parent or legal guardian of the student) who refer or assist a student in obtaining an abortion.
Jarvis argues that a legitimate question, for comparison, would be whether a student can get a tonsillectomy without first getting a parent to sign on the dotted line – something a parent could reasonably expect. ….