Events, Planned Parenthood — June 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Michigan Republicans pass one of three regressive anti-abortion, anti-choice bills today, table other two


Hard to stop a freight train

The Michigan House Republicans voted to pass one of the three anti-choice, anti-women bills that make up the omnibus package described as the most regressive legislation of its kind in the country.

A deeply divided Michigan House on Wednesday approved new regulations for abortion providers after passionate floor debate on the issue.

House Republicans will not hold votes on two other abortion bills, including a controversial ban on most abortions after 20 weeks with a narrow exception for the mother’s life.

“We decided not to take that up right now so we can discuss the legislation further,” said Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall.

Lawmakers want to make sure the proposed ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy — which doesn’t include an exception for rape, incest or fetal anomaly — is constitutional, Adler said.

The legislation that was passed requires more medical malpractice insurance for abortion providers who have lost two lawsuits, dictates how to dispose of aborted fetal remains, mandates abortion clinics become licensed surgical centers and prohibits doctors from prescribing the RU-486 abortion bill through an online service.

I suppose this is all inevitable but we truly must keep fighting. Please plan to attend tomorrow’s rally. Now, more than ever, voices are needed to push back against the aggressive overreach by Republican legislators. Let them know we will not stand for this.

Details on the rally HERE.