State lawmakers are set to take steps to ban and criminalize a late-term abortion procedure.
The bills would ban dilation and evacuation abortions, a type of abortion procedure that is done during the second trimester of pregnancy, and one opponents of the procedure call “dismemberment abortions.” Both the house and senate will take up their versions of the bills Tuesday.
State Senator Tom Barrett sponsored one of the bills, and says the procedure is inhumane to the unborn child.
“It is so egregious and it is so gruesome, and I think it’s something that shocks the conscience,” he said. “And really reasonable people on all sides of the political spectrum can agree that dismembering a live baby is not something we should support in the State of Michigan.”
Senator Barrett says the bills modify existing legislation that bans partial-birth abortions. If a doctor is found guilty of performing the procedure they could face two years behind bars.
But Barrett added there is an exception if a doctor feels the mother’s life is at risk.
Still, State Representative Julie Brixie is firmly against the legislation.
“Something is very wrong with a Michigan that is going in this direction that is trying to criminalize abortion,” she said. “It is a safe medical procedure that should be between a woman and her doctor, and no one else.”
When asked if she was confident Governor Gretchen Whitmer would veto the bill, Rep. Brixie simply said, “yes.”
But Sen. Barrett said he hopes the bill will receive bipartisan support.
“About 10 years ago, when the Michigan House of Representatives was Democrat-controlled, and the Michigan Senate was Republican-controlled, there was almost 2/3 support for banning partial-birth abortion, which is the exact part of law that we are amending with this bill,” he said.
6 News will let you know what happens with the bills, both on-air and online.