Judy Daubenmier

GUEST COLUMN: County commission should tend to business, not moral crusades

Judy Daubenmier

The Culture Wars are coming to the Livingston County Commission, thanks to one of its more extreme members.

Republican Commissioner Wes Nakagiri, representing Tyrone and most of Hartland townships, is trying to take health insurance coverage for abortion away from county employees and their families.

A resolution he wrote was approved by other county commissioners and passed by the personnel committee. It will come before the county’s finance committee on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at its 7:30 a.m. meeting and then if approved, be on the Aug. 26 regular commission agenda. Both meetings are in the boardroom at the courthouse annex, 304 E. Grand River Ave., Howell.

The resolution does not allow for any exceptions — not even for the health of the woman, incest, or rape. It falsely implies that the county must do this because of federal policy against paying for abortions for federal employees.

Our county commission can’t manage to fix our roads, provide services to our veterans, or provide decent transportation, but it has time to spend interfering in families’ medical decisions.

Please take a minute to call the county commission and leave a message opposing the resolution with the commission secretary, Natalie, at 517.546.3520. Or email the commissioners at commissioners@livgov.com and Natalie will print a copy and put it in their mail boxes.

It only takes a minute to do this. We need to teach the commission to spend its time on county business not moral crusades.

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