House Committee to Take Up Abortion Bills

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The Michigan House Health Policy Committee is expected to take up a package of bills that's pushing to place further regulations on abortion clinics among other changes.

"It has to do with abortion practices, inspections, licensing, things in that regard as well as other elements of how women interact with the abortion industry," said Ed Rivet from Right to Life of Michigan.

Rivet argues it's simply to put in better practices, but Planned Parenthood believes it's much more than that.

"It's very clear that the intent of this legislation is to shut down health centers that perform abortions, that it is absolutely targeted at Planned Parenthood as well as other folks that provide women's reproductive health services," said Meghan Groen, director of government relations at Planned Parenthood.

The bills are also aimed at preventing coercive abortions and make it a crime to abort a fetus after 20 weeks of prenancy.

"It's something that the state legislature has no business being in. This is between a woman and her doctor and her family," Groen said.

Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, is in support of the bills and is not afraid to voice a strong opinion.

"This [abortion] is nothing short of infanticide. Until we completely eliminate abortions in Michigan and completely defund Planned Parenthood, we have work to do," said Rep. Shirkey.

Right to Life will not say whether they will join the representative in support of his final goal. However, Rivet did emphasize that the bills as they are written now do not prevent a woman's right to seek out abortion services.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    This article failed to mention that there is no exception for health of the mother. Later in the pregnancy is when the real problems begin to plague the pregnancy. Sounds like the Republicans would rather the mom dies rather than end the pregnancy that could kill her. And de-fund Planned parenthood and other similar organizations. Ridiculous. Abortion is only 3% of what the do. What about all that prenatal care, health screening, adoption referral, birth control, etc. that they provide at low cost???? HOW DARE THEY!
  • by Scott on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:34 PM
    Yes and just like outlawing abortion will stop abortions....outlawing firearms will stop gun violence...get a clue politicians and people.
  • by Dennis Location: New Jersey on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:31 PM
    so, Rep. Shirkey...exactly how many infants are victims of abortion in your state?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:40 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 Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM
    I found 1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient). Which accounted for 332,278 abortion procedures in 2009. (Source: U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, Abortion Surveillance Report, NY Times,). Planned Parenthood’s 2008-2009 annual report states that it received $363.2 million in "Government Grants and Contracts. Someone’s making a lot of money, and it sure isn’t from giving out condom.
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      by TheBoxingCannabyte on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:13 PM in reply to
      So what is your assessment and conclusion then? What are you trying to say?
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    I have to ask if a cell was found on another plant would that be called life ? So why isnt a baby that has been conceived in the womb not called a life. Killing babys is just like what the Canaanites used to do in the holy land before Isreal took it over. They would worship a god called molek this god was built out of brass or bonze with hands outward to place babys on. Then they would build a fire in the belly of the god and heat it up till it was red hot and place the baby in the hands and roast the baby. They would beat drums to drown out the crying then put the baby in a jar and put in the foundation of the familys house. These pagens where wiped out by Gods pepol , I wonder how long God will hold off judgment on this nation for killing millions of babys .
  • by Sara Location: Dewitt on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    I thought it was humrous that a man comments about to get rid of abortion in MI. Since when was it HIS BODY or choice to end a pregnancy. Don't allow it and complain about more people on welfare. I just wonder about their rationale of thinking.
  • by Sara Location: Dewitt on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    I thought it was humrous that a man comments about to get rid of abortion in MI. Since when was it HIS BODY or choice to end a pregnancy. Don't allow it and complain about more people on welfare. I just wonder about their rationale of thinking.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    I wonder if Rep. Mike Shirkey has been supporting less government and voted for the repeal of the helmet law(which gives the choice to the rider)? Then why is he for more government when it comes to abortion?
  • by Gary Location: Grayling on Jun 7, 2012 at 04:56 AM
    I think it's more likely that a woman would be coerced into NOT having an abortion than into having one. Sort of like these bills that are being discussed....taking away a woman's right to choose. I think abortion should be legal, especially for certain cases (rape, incest, health in jeopardy). Just my opinion.
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