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New bills in the state House would add restrictions on abortions and protections for religious leaders who refuse to marry same-sex couples. But the future of the bills could be hampered by the representative who introduced them. 


An Allegan County state lawmaker wants to pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood in Michigan.

The Gongwer News Service says Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) plans to introduce a bill to block funding for the agency. That follows a national controversy over fetal tissue research. But Planned Parenthood officials in Michigan say the real issue is the health services it provides.

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The state would have to take measures meant to increase access to birth control under new proposals in the state Legislature.

"Washington — Four senior Republicans on the U.S. House panel on Energy & Commerce, including Chairman Fred Upton of St. Joseph, say they will investigate an undercover video that raises questions about how Planned Parenthood handles the harvesting of fetal tissue and related activities." (Detroit News)

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U.S. Senator Gary Peters says proposed bi-partisan legislation would help reduce government spending in a common sense fashion.