Michigan House Passes Federal Abortion Ban Copy


And we wonder why Michigan residents hold their state Legislature in such low regard.

Late Tuesday night, the Democratic-led House passed Senate Bill 776, a
bill banning certain abortion procedures. The bill’s fate had occupied
legislators’ time and attention for days, as the right-to-life lobby
threatened to withdraw its endorsements from waffling legislators and
its elected allies threatened to stop all House business until the bill
came to a vote.

Pro-life Michigan residents might be inclined to breathe a sigh of relief. But
the bill is an exact replica of a federal bill the U.S. Supreme Court
has upheld. A brief lesson in federalism: federal law covers all
residents of the United States, regardless of whether a state has a
similar law on its books. In other words, the legislators in a state
with one of the worst economies in the nation — with crumbling roads,
failing schools, threatened wetlands and a foreclosure crisis that
seems to worsen daily — spent days debating whether to pass a law that
already exists.

That’s because House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, has been
so cowed by the failed recall attempt against him that he buckled when
threatened with losing Michigan Right to Life’s endorsement. The bill,
whose deliberately vague language could apply to abortion procedures
used as early as the beginning of the second trimester, makes no
exception for protecting a woman’s health. As passed by our House, it
includes no support for contraception. The entire purpose of the vote
was to force state legislators to take a public stand in an election
year on controversial abortion procedures. Thirty-two legislators were
brave enough to stand their ground and not cave into manipulative
political maneuvering.

In 2004, Democrats picked up five House seats against the odds. Two
years later, for the first time since 1994, the party took back the
House from Republicans, who had lost the public’s favor because they
were so beholden to special interests.

Sadly, that hard-won majority has been reduced to this — a Democratic
leader so beholden to a narrow special interest that he’s willing to
symbolically sell half this state’s population down the river to
protect his own hide. Beyond tossing an occasional endorsement to a
Democrat (and nearly always to his or her Republican opponent), the
right-to-life lobby has done nothing to help the party’s candidates.
Meanwhile, the pro-choice crowd has gone to the mats for the Democrats
in election after election, coughing up money, volunteers and time. And
the majority they helped build just told them to shove it. 

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  • http://realchoice.blogspot.com invalid-0

    What sort of “health” crisis could require that the woman avoid hospitals, avoid the emergency c-section that could have the pregnancy over within the hour, avoid a fully-equipped OR, avoid on-site blood banks, avoid 24/7 supervision by trained medical professionals, avoid what has been the standard of care for over fifty years, to instead spend three days in a motel room attended by whoever the woman happened to bring with her?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

  • mellankelly1

    Hey Christina… what was the point of that post? 

    Inquiring minds want to know!  Really.

  • invalid-0

    I think her point would be, “medical emergency” is a red flag term used by supporters of partial birth abortion that really has no meaning. Its a scare tactic disguised as a “right”

  • mellankelly1

    I think her point would be, "medical emergency" is a red flag term used by supporters of partial birth abortion that really has no meaning. Its a scare tactic disguised as a "right"

    Really?  Your opinion of what constitutes a medical emergency is completely irrelevant.  The fact of the matter is that late term abortion is a necessity for some women… this is not merely their opinion (or my opinion) this is an easily researched and documented medical fact.  The length that those vehemently opposed to abortion will go to perpetuate their misinformation and lies is shocking to no one. 

    These women testified before congress regarding the various medical emergencies which resulted in each of them having the IDX procedure:

    Tammy Watts

    Mary Dorothy Line

    Coreen Costello

    Vikki Stella

    Claudia Ades

    The decision to undergo this procedure is between a woman, her doctor and her family and is in no way subject to some third party approval – particularly someone whose life is not affected in any way by this procedure.  Those opposed to this procedure could not care less about the women and families affected by it… they only care about criminalizing abortion.  Period.  And thats sickening.