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Pro-Life Bills Passed in Michigan House of Representatives

by | Jun 14, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

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Michigan state Rep. Deb Shaughnessy

With the deadline for adjournment for the Legislature’s summer recess looming, the Michigan House of Representatives Wednesday passed a package of pro-life bills. The measures will now go to the state Senate.

Voting largely along party lines, HB 5711 passed 70-39. Republicans were joined by six Democrats who crossed over to vote with the majority. Among the provisions were:

* Making it a crime to coerce women into having abortions. According to Right to Life of Michigan, the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act screens women seeking abortions for possible coercion to abort, and requires abortion clinics to post an anti-coercion sign. In an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press, state Rep. Deb Shaughnessy explained, “In late May, a pregnant Detroit woman was bound with duct tape, doused with a flammable liquid, set on fire and then shot. Miraculously, she and her unborn child survived. It has been reported that the motive of this abhorrent crime was that her ex-boyfriend did not want her to have the baby.”

* Prohibits prescribing the abortion pill RU 486 by remote consulting over   the Internet. In so-called “webcam” abortions, the woman never meets or is physically examined by the abortionist.

* Abortionists who perform at least five or more abortions a month “must carry $1 million in liability coverage if they have been found liable    in at least two civil lawsuits in the previous seven years,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

* Requiring humane disposition of aborted babies. “Because of a technicality in our health code, the bodies of aborted babies can be thrown into a common trash Dumpster,” Shaughnessy wrote. “This heartbreaking scenario occurred in Eaton County in 2010. I have heard from many in our community who support this bill to make sure this heinous practice stops.”

*Abortion clinic inspection and licensing. “Only three of 30 surgical abortion clinics in Michigan are licensed and inspected as outpatient surgical facilities,” Shaughnessy explained. “Some abortion clinics have operated for decades in this state without ever being inspected. HB 5711 would require abortion clinics to be inspected and licensed to the same standards as any other outpatient surgical center.”

The House did not take up a companion bill, The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This would protect from abortion unborn children beginning at 20 weeks fertilization based on the unborn child ability to experience pain.

“Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, said Republican leaders had the votes to pass the legislation but thought it was important to address some concerns raised by lawmakers,” the Detroit Free Press reported.

Categories: Legislation