Debate surrounding abortion heats up

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – As the tension surrounding abortion laws continues to rise, dozens of pro-life activists gathered outside of Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s office this morning in hopes of getting her support for the Born Alive Bill.

Those at the event say everyone deserves an equal chance at life, which is why they want to make sure their voices are being heard.

“It’s an issue that needs to be addressed. These babies need to be protected,” said Jill Stanek, the National Campaign Chair for the Susan B. Anthony List.

Stanek says the Born Alive Bill has a personal meaning for her.

“I was a registered nurse at a hospital in Illinois 20 years ago that committed late-term abortions and sometimes there were survivors,” said Stanek. “I held a little 22 week abortion survivor who had been aborted because he had downs, until he died 45 minutes later.”

The bill prohibits health care workers from failing to use the proper amount of care for a child who survives an abortion attempt.

The Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus released a statement this week about bills similar to this one, saying:

“These bills endanger the lives of women throughout our state by forcing doctors to choose between being penalized for providing high-quality medical care, or following arbitrary and dangerous rules dictated by special interests.”

Genevieve Marnon, who was also outside of Slotkin’s office today, says babies who are still alive after being aborted deserve rights too.

“We want people to understand that sometimes late term abortions fail and those babies are human beings and deserve full protection of the law,” said Marnon.

This gathering today comes just two weeks after Ohio’s governor signs the “heartbeat bill”, banning abortions in the state once the baby’s heart beat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

6 News also spoke with a representative from Congresswoman Slotkin’s office today, who says while they do encourage all groups to speak their minds, Slotkin doesn’t plan on supporting the bill anytime soon.

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