Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Michigan legislature moves to ban partial-birth abortion

The Detroit News is covering efforts in the Michigan legislature to pass a state ban on partial-birth abortion. The bi-partisan effort will likely take place today. Contact your legislators and let them know you support Michigan's Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
"This is a policy that the people broadly support," Rivet said, adding at least a half dozen states have enacted bans since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. "Regardless of anyone's position on the abortion issue … this particular form of abortion is beyond what a civil society can tolerate."

If the legislation passes, performing a partial-birth abortion would become a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine.There would be an exception if the mother's life is in danger. The legislation would also allow the mother's spouse, or if the mother is a minor, her parents, to sue the doctorfor civil damages......

"The people's override petition in 2004 made it clear that the public finds partial-birth abortion to be unethical and unacceptable in this state," said Phyllis Browne, spokeswoman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. "We are honoring the will of the people and protecting our shared values in fighting this injustice and protecting humanlife."