Michigan House Approves Bills for Abortion Screening

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Republican-led Michigan House has approved bills that would require a doctor or an assistant to do some screening before an abortion to make sure a pregnant woman isn't being forced or coerced to end the pregnancy against her will.
The main bill in the package passed Tuesday by a 72-37 vote. The measures advance to the Republican-led Senate.
Supporters say the bills are aimed at protecting a pregnant woman against threats and domestic violence if she's being pressured to have an abortion against her will.
The ACLU of Michigan calls the legislation a "disingenuous package of bills that claim to protect women in abusive relationships, but are actually a shameful attempt to take away their right to make decisions."


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  • by Anonymous Location: East Lansing on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:16 AM
    That's done to help ward off later attempts to reclaim the child from the adoptive parents. It used to be that the baby was taken away almost immediately to prevent "bonding." It's really in everyone's best interests to ensure it really is the mother's (and father's) intent to give up the baby.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:16 AM
    Another words the doctor is suppose to coerce to woman into not having an abortion. What a bunch of crap.
  • by Courtney on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Think about this, abused women are good liars. They hide the abuse, and possibly the pregnancy, from many and "appear" to be living a separate life. How many abused women recant their stories everyday because of the "love" they feel for their significant other. Ask them all the questions you want, if need be they will still hide the truth because that is how they can survive. Abortion is not an easy choice in a healthy relationship and the damage done to the mother, emotionally, lasts forever. Who are we to decide if someone is "truthful enough" to "earn" the right to an abortion?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:18 AM in reply to Courtney
      There is a big difference between an abused woman and a girl who messed up and needs to get an abortion. I know women who are divorced with kids and oops! got preg. They did not want another kid, and this is a decission a woman makes for herself. NO one can force you to get an abortion!
  • by Trina Location: East Lansing on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    I'm curious as to what the "protective" provisions of this bill are. It can't just be a punitive action -- there must be a safe way for the woman/girl to continue her pregnancy, if that is her desire. If not, this bill is simply political showmanship.
  • by FedUp Location: Okemos on Mar 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    Another attempt to limit a woman's right to chose disguised as protection of the abused. I thought republicans were supposed to be the party that wants to get government out of the way and let people stand on their own. I guess that only applies as long as you aren't doing something that opposes their religious beliefs. I hope the governor has the guts to veto this legislation if it reaches his desk.
  • by Beckie Location: Minnesots on Mar 13, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    Women who choose to give their babies up for adoption go through a very similar screening, several times in fact. don't see the ACLU crowing about that.
  • by Adamant Location: Lansing on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:56 PM
    Making certain that someone is not doing something because she is coerced/forced is not about breaking apart the right to have an abortion. Protecting a woman's choice, for and against. If you use Roe vs.Wade to give her the choice, do not take it away by an angry parent, boyfriend, or pressure from those she should be able to trust. Choice. It is about her choice.
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