Abortion Clinics Need License, Check for Coercion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan abortion clinics will need a state license and must check to make sure women aren't being pressured into getting an abortion under a new law.

Other regulations taking effect Sunday make clearer the proper disposal of fetal remains.

The state estimates 16 more abortion providers will need to be licensed as freestanding outpatient surgical facilities because they perform at least 120 abortions a year.

The law has a glaring loophole. It requires abortion providers to notify patients that it's illegal for anyone to coerce a woman into having an abortion. But no such crime exists.

Lawmakers never gave final approval to separate legislation that would have criminalized pressuring a woman to get an abortion. Anti-abortion advocates expect legislators to pass the bill this year.


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  • by Cynthia Mcardle Location: California on Mar 31, 2013 at 07:50 PM
    I absolutely like this idea. protecting women and their rights is really must. Thanks! - SJWC.net
  • by Ellen Location: Jackson on Mar 30, 2013 at 06:21 PM
    Gods this is so gross, it's such an overreaching and egregious lie on the parts of the people who approved the bill and the anti-choicers who support it. Then again, anti-choicers are familiar with lying to women, given that CPCs still exist and they pass out pamphlets that contain no scientific or factual material.
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