We interviewed Sen. Phil Pavlov from the 25th Senate district, which covers all of St. Clair County.
SCCRTL: Have you seen much pro-life activity in the Senate this past year?
Sen. Pavlov: Two very important bills that I sponsored are bills that banned the sale of fetal tissue and fetal body parts. We’ve had our first committee hearing on those, they were voted out and await full consideration on the Senate floor. We’re pushing for a hearing date before Easter break.
SCCRTL: When the Center for Medical Progress released their undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling fetal body parts for profit, you were swift to speak out against the practice. Why was that?
Pavlov: Because I thought it was the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen on film. We had suspected this had been going on for a number of years, but now we were seeing it for the first time. So not only did we move to ban the sale of any kind of tissue through legislation, we also pressed the department of licensing and regulation to do a complete accounting of these Planned Parenthood clinics to make sure this isn’t happening in Michigan. We got back some information, but we’re not done, and we’re going to continue to press on this.
SCCRTL: Speaking from your years of experience in the House and Senate, what would you say is the biggest obstacle to the passage and implementation of pro-life laws at the state level?
Pavlov: Sometimes politics gets involved. When I was back in the House, we had a pro-life majority that consisted of both Republicans and Democrats, and we worked together on things like the partial birth abortion ban. Looking forward, this governor has not been dialed in on some of these social issues, which has been a little disappointing. But the politics changes. Right now in the Senate, the issue is split down party lines. This issue has divided our country, and we need to engage the grass roots to move support to more a pro-life stand.
SCCRTL: What are your plans for the future?
Pavlov: I’m in the middle of a very competitive run for Congress to replace Rep. Candice Miller, who is retiring. We’re gaining a lot of momentum throughout the district, and my hope is that we can take this fight for the unborn to Washington.
SCCRTL: Do you have anything to say to your pro-life constituents?
Pavlov: Stay engaged. One of the things that helps us is the tailwind, knowing that pro-life voters are engaged. I’ve seen a big swell in the youth, which is good. I just did an event up in Bad Axe, and there were maybe 40 youth there. We need to get these young people voting.
It is critical to have people contacting our office to express support. Hearing from home and knowing that we have that support strengthens our vote here in Lansing. Everybody has a cell phone, everyone has a social media account – engage your friends in this, and let’s move that support.
Sen. Pavlov’s office can be reached at (517) 373-7708, or e-mail at http://www.senatorphilpavlov.com