Abortion clinics need license, check for coercion

By: ap
By: ap

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 Trina Location: East Lansing on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM
    Will it be illegal for parents to force their daughter to have an abortion? What happens if the daughter says her parents are doing this? How is she protected? Will she have a safe place to live? This is why I'm pro-choice.
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