Rep. Jim Haadsma Denounces GOP-Backed Legislation Criminalizing Abortion

After the US Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade, Michigan’s Republicans are working to ensure that abortion is criminalized without exception and to punish women and doctors with prison sentences of up to four years.

Rep. Jim Haadsma Denounces GOP-Backed Legislation Criminalizing Abortion

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

The fall of Roe v. Wade last month has Michigan Republican lawmakers defending a 91-year-old law in state court that would criminalize abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. Under the legislation, women seeking the procedure and the doctors who might perform it could be sent to prison for four years.

Representative Jim Haadsma, who is currently serving as the State Representative from the 62nd District, has denounced the efforts and pledged to fight the law.

In April, Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed a lawsuit that anticipated the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe which has delayed the abortion ban from taking full effect in Michigan.

Rep. Jim Haadsma Denounces GOP-Backed Legislation Criminalizing Abortion

But some Republicans in the State House have vowed to harshen the 1931 law, proposing news legislation that could send doctors who perform abortions to prison for up to 10 years. Rep. Haadsma has pledged to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade in Michigan, saying that women should be free to make private healthcare decisions without the scrutiny of elected politicians.

Rep. Haadsma is currently serving his second term representing Michigan’s 62nd District in Calhoun County. A native of Muskegon, Rep. Haadsma has spent more than three decades as a lawyer specializing in workers’ compensation and labor law. He is presently running for election in the state’s 44th House District.