Republican-backed legislation advancing in MI would ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure except to safe a women's life. Supporters say the bill is intentionally created to conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationally, because they hope to spark court cases that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.
It would be one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia recently have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to veto the legislation, which can not go to her desk until next week at the earliest.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed Tuesday to veto the bills once they get to her desk. The legislation provides no exceptions for rape or incest.
"Human life has rights, and when someone takes those rights, that's when we as government have to step in", said Republican Clyde Chambliss, the Senate sponsor of the abortion ban.
"Is it a life?" But she also wants to make sure the law is strong enough to force federal court intervention - something she and others hope will lead to national restrictions on abortion. "When is a person a person?"
"I learned and became a perfectionist in resuscitation because I brought him back to life three times", he said of his son, detailing how they "made him a part of my family for those brief months".
"I believe that if we terminate the life of an unborn child, we are putting ourselves in God's place", Chambliss said. "And yet you want to make that decision", Democratic state Sen.
The legislation makes abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy, with the only exception for a serious threat to the health of the woman. The Plan B pill, for example, can prevent a pregnancy if taken shortly after sexual contact. Stiller calls the legislation political and an "affront to women's rights".
"As this legislation is still making its way through the legislative process, the governor intends to withhold comment until it makes its way to her desk for signature", Ivey spokeswoman Lori Jhons said in a statement.
Alabama already has a case in the federal courts over a restrictive abortion law passed in 2016. The state has lost in federal courts, which have blocked the law, but it is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. That lawsuit came after the state was forced to pay the ACLU and Planned Parenthood $1.7 million in 2016 after a law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges was struck down by federal courts. Vivian Davis Figures said. "We have so many other pressing issues before us that we don't give the proper time and energy to". Ivey has not publicly taken a stance on the bill but has previously aligned herself as anti-abortion, lamenting the courts striking down another Alabama abortion law a year ago.
Much like an earlier iteration of the debate, the Tuesday discussion of the bill turned deeply personal, touching on different views of God and an individual experience of one of the lawmakers. "The people who have the wherewithal will fly out of state", she added".
The group Physicians for Reproductive Health said the near total ban on abortions would have a disastrous effect on healthcare.