Friday, June 24, 2022
<PRESS RELEASE> The Protection of Innocent Fetal Persons Act (PIFPA)
In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, today I introduce a bill to protect our future citizens from the moment they are created. The Protection of Innocent Fetal Persons Act (PIFPA), Senate Bill No. 1494, makes common sense changes to Michigan laws to ensure fetal persons are not harmed in utero while they grow into productive members of our society.
Such harm can come from many sources, but several are easy to enforce within the framework that already exists to protect other Michiganders. Since girls and women of childbearing age do not have a 100% certain birth control method other than hysterectomies, PIPFA would apply to all girls and pre-menopausal women. Those who have had hysterectomies would be exempted, although proof of the procedure must be presented when appropriate, as would be the case for post-menopausal women.
The most serious harm to fetal persons come from alcohol and drugs, including caffeine. To ensure that no fetal person suffers from the harmful effects of these substances during their formative months, girls and women of childbearing age may not consume alcohol, legal or illegal drugs, or caffeine at any time, whether they plan to get pregnant or not. Since approximately 45% of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, there really is no alternative to a total ban on consumption of harmful agents by those who may conceive a new, beautiful fetal person.
I’m confident a large number of my legislative colleagues will back this measure and when this bill is enacted, the penalties will fall primarily on those who serve the harmful substances to the potential mothers. Bars and restaurants would face fines and the loss of liquor licenses for repeated offences. Drug dealers – which means anyone supplying a banned substance to a girl or woman who is able to conceive – would face increased jail time and higher fines. The mothers-to-be themselves will not be subject to prosecution in most cases.
In some situations, however, there may be girls and women of childbearing age who do not have the fortitude to resist these harmful substances, and this bill creates a committee to evaluate such chronic offenders on an individual basis. The Supreme Court decision Buck v. Bell does provide the legal path forward that ensures no fetal persons would be harmed due to the actions of these repeat substance abusers.
I think we can all agree that this measure is the best way to protect fetal persons and our future Michiganders from the long-term harm of destructive substances. I encourage you all to write your representatives and senators to encourage passage of the Protection of Innocent Fetal Persons Act.
Republican Senator Buck Halliday, Michigan Senate District 39