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VanderWall bill would protect unborn babies at 20 weeks

I have introduced legislation that would protect unborn children after 20 weeks old, at which point they feel excruciating pain during an abortion.

Recent studies have shown that when a baby in the womb reaches 20 weeks, pain receptors are present throughout its entire body, and an abortion causes the baby unimaginable pain. Aborting these children is a cruel act.

Known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Senate Bill 165 would prohibit all abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization — more than halfway through pregnancy — unless the abortion is judged necessary to save the life of the mother.

April is Donate Life Month

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More than 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for an organ transplant. Oftentimes, the transplant helps save a person’s life.

Next month is Donate Life Month and a good time to learn about organ donation. Just one donor can save the lives of eight people and better the lives of even more. Motorists can purchase a Donate Life specialty license plant to support and help promote the need for organ, tissue and eye donors. The fundraising plates can be ordered online at or at any secretary of state branch office.


VanderWall supports bill to crack down on mail theft

Many people receive checks, prescription medications, packages and other items of value in the mail. Yet theft is an increasing problem. In fact, 2018 appears to have been a record year for mail theft in Michigan.

I recently supported legislation to better deter mail and package theft. Although it is a federal crime, the federal government doesn’t have the resources to prosecute unless the value of the stolen items is high enough or it involves identity theft. Senate Bills 23 and 24 would create a state-level mail theft crime with penalties, allowing more options for state prosecution and more consistent enforcement.

The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration.

Phone scammers posing as health officials

State officials recently cautioned Michigan residents about a new phone scam operating in several areas of the state. Apparently, scammers are posing as public health officials in an attempt to obtain personal information that could be used to steal someone’s identity.

It’s important to remember that local public health and Medicare officials will not call and request personal and confidential information, such as Social Security numbers, over the phone. People can report these calls by contacting the attorney general’s Consumer Protection division at 877-765-8388.

VanderWall celebrates March is Reading Month with schools in the district

March is Reading Month — a time to celebrate and recognize the importance of reading. Both of my parents were teachers, so I understand the vital need for children to learn to enjoy reading at a young age.

During the month of March, I will be reading to schools throughout the district. For more information, click here.

Check Eyes in the Field site to report fish kills

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As spring begins and the ice starts to thaw, people may begin to notice dead fish or other aquatic species, especially in shallow lakes, ponds and streams.

Monitoring the health of aquatic life is an important part of fisheries management. People can report fish kills over 25 fish by completing the Sick or Dead Aquatic Species observation report at Most of the time, fish kills are due to natural causes such as weather but they can be related to disease, pollution, chemicals or other non-natural causes.


Michigan's 35th Senate District

The 35th State Senate District includes all of Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford Counties

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Senator Curtis S. VanderWall
4500 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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