Thursday, September 29, 2011

State partial-birth abortion ban headed to Governor Snyder

On Wednesday, state lawmakers approved the final version of Michigan's ban on partial-birth abortion. The legislation passed 75-34 in the House and 29-9 in the Senate. The legislation now goes to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.
Michigan lawmakers have unsuccessfully tried multiple times for more than a decade to enact a state-level ban, most recently because of court rulings and vetoes from then-Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Snyder succeeded Granholm in January and is likely to sign the bill, depending on a final review and if it's consistent with a federal law that already bans the late-term procedure......

The outlawed procedure typically is used to end pregnancies in the second and third trimesters and involves partially removing the fetus intact from a woman's uterus and then crushing or cutting its skull to complete the abortion. The procedure is formally known as dilation and extraction and is also referred to as late-term abortion, D&X or Intact D&X.