Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Detroit Free Press editorial board attacks prolife legislation without actually reading it

Instead of reading pending prolife legislation in Michigan and then attempting to make an argument against it, the editorial board of the Detroit Free Press has decided to just take the word of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan CEO Lori Lamerand.  In a editorial today, they allow Lamerand to falsely claim Michigan's Abortion Insurance Opt-Out legislation isn't clear as to what "elective abortion" is.
As for the insurance rider, the language of the provision is murky, Lamerand said. It refers to "elective" abortion, but doesn't really make clear what that means.

"As far as we know, it's unprecedented in the country," she said.

There's one problem with this argument.  The legislation clearly defines "elective abortion."
(a) "Elective abortion" means the intentional use of an instrument, drug, or other substance or device to terminate a woman's pregnancy for a purpose other than to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth, or to remove a dead fetus. Elective abortion does not include either of the following:

     (i) The prescription of or use of a drug or device intended as a contraceptive.

     (ii) The intentional use of an instrument, drug, or other substance or device by a physician to terminate a woman's pregnancy if the woman's physical condition, in the physician's reasonable medical judgment, necessitates the termination of the woman's pregnancy to avert her death.

The editorial also imaginatively claims that, "Abortion is, by nature, an emergency response to an unforeseen circumstance."