Abortion Bills Package Clears Hurdle in Michigan House

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By: News 10

LANSING -- A package of abortion bills in Michigan now heads to the full House after clearing a hurdle Thursday.

Some call the bills protection for expectant mothers and unborn babies.

Others call them the most extreme legislation in the country.

Three bills passed along party lines through the House Health Policy Committee on Thursday, with state Republicans supporting them and Democrats in opposition. Among other things, they would:

-Make it a crime to coerce a woman to get an abortion

-Ban any abortions after 20 weeks -- without exceptions for rape or the health of the mother

-Require health centers that provide abortions to have surgical rooms

-Create new regulations for the disposal of fetal remains

-Require doctors that provide abortions to carry $1 million in liability insurance

Opponents say the changes could shut down most reproductive health centers in the state, and force doctors to leave Michigan.

"The point about this is that everything they are trying to do here is really with one goal in mind. And that is to stop abortiong being available, period, end of story," said Lori Lamerand, president of South Michigan Planned Parenthood.

"Well, they always say that if we pass any kind of regulation about abortion that it's gonna eliminate women's ability to get an abortion, and yet every time we've passed one -- that's never happened," said Ed Rivet, spokesman for the Right to Life of Michigan.

The House is expected to pass the bills Thursday, and the Senate, also controlled by Republicans, would take them up in the middle of June.


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  • by me on Jun 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    Reproductive health care clinics provide contraception (which PREVENTS abortion), STD testing, breast exams, and cancer screening to hundreds of thousands of women in Michigan who otherwise cannot afford it, while abortion makes up about 3% of their caseload. Forcing these clinics to close will threaten the health of ALL of these women who rely on these services and why? Because self-righteous people who obviously know nothing about women's reproductive health feel that their belief system needs to be forced down everyone's throat, and that abortion is wrong in virtually every situation. NO ONE likes abortion but sometimes it is medically necessary, which is why it is protected under federal law.
  • by po in gl Location: gl on Jun 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
    what I would like to know is who is going to make a home for all these babies? there are too many unwanted and abused chidren in this world. the reason most women get abortions is the dont want the child or cant afford another one
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:43 AM
    Shame on the foaming at the mouth pro-abortioners for killing babies, and then trying to make it sound ok.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM in reply to
      I thought a baby was one that was born and could live outside the body of it's mother sometimes with medical help. How is a 14 week fetus going to live outside it's mother? It can't even with medical help. Don't push your religious beliefs on the whole of society. Unless you want all of my beliefs to to be made law and you have to live by them.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Pro-choice is pro-abortion. A dead baby is a dead baby Call it what it is.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM in reply to
      Sorry Pro-choice is not pro-abortion. There are many pro-choice people that don't believe in abortion. Only in your thinking. Why should your beliefs be pushed onto some one else? What makes your religion the one that everyone should follow?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 02:16 PM in reply to
      A fetus isn't a baby. It's a fetus.
  • by Think about it Location: Grand Ledge on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    This list of bills is to protect women! Pregnant women are coerced to have abortions everyday! If they don't usually something worse happens to them. Abortion is a major medical procedure, it should be treated like one. Medical waste must be disposed of properly in a hospital, why not for an abortion clinic? Abortion doctors should have to be insured just like any other doctor.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 04:55 AM
    I am pro choice, but I still find a bit of this bill to be in order, however there are a few things that were just plain put in just to drive the abortion clinics, and doctors out of the state, while not touching federal law. This stinks and not only does it give MI a black eye, but will be in federal court in a heart beat. Shame on the foaming at the mouth pro lifers who think this is a good thing, but then they also think blowing up abortion clinics are a good thing.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 03:18 AM
    Concerning the 20th week issue, check this out… It’s a doctor describing the procedure… It’s not pretty… http://www.lifesitenews.com/blog/the-most-heartrending-abortion-testimony-youll-ever-hear-from-a-former-abor
  • by Jamie Location: East Lansing on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:56 PM
    I bet if you could ask the sweet babies who are being aborted they would say this country is just like the Soviet Union or a time of slavery and segregation for them. Take a moment and think about what abortion really is before you just side with party lines. Such a sad atrocity and a terrible thing to be happening every day right around us. All while we go about our happy lives. So very sad.
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      by Anonymous, too on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:38 AM in reply to Jamie
      I agree, Jamie. However, I disagree with the abortion allowance up to 20 weeks. In 1971, a friend had trouble carrying to term. The last attempt, she carried to just barely 5 months. Little girl was born and they had the means, back then, to save her. She is now 41 years old, happily married with children.
  • by Me on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:55 PM
    Everyday, this country sounds more and more like the Soviet Union 40yrs ago
  • by Light Keeper Location: Holt on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    Way to send our state back to the dark ages GOP! What do you want next? Reinstate segregation then slavery.
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      by Child of the Light on Jun 8, 2012 at 11:20 PM in reply to Light Keeper
      Ummm- Dark ages really? I would say that the practices of the Dark Ages are very congruent with the atrocity of modern day abortion. Both are fine with massacring innocent victims based on false,ignorant presumptions. I personally cannot believe that this barbaric, cruel practice is legal in the US and other parts of the world. Finally, the heinous act of abortion on demand would more than likely horrify the abolitionist that fought so hard to end slavery.
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