The Democratic-controlled Michigan House is putting off a potential vote on banning a procedure opponents call partial-birth abortion.
The legislation mirrors a federal prohibition against the procedure that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.
Abortion opponents such as Right to Life of Michigan had been pushing for a vote Wednesday. They say the bill is needed so Michigan authorities can prosecute doctors who perform the procedure and send a message that Michigan opposes the method.
Abortion rights supporters say the legislation is a waste of time since the procedure already is outlawed by federal law. They had urged Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon to not allow a vote and not "pander" to groups seeking to limit women's reproductive rights.