Mich. Republicans Move On to Abortion Bills

Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 11:43 AM

By Greg McDonald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Barely a day after passing controversial right-to-work legislation, the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature began moving two divisive bills aimed at limiting abortions.
 
One measure passed by the state Senate Wednesday would tighten licensing requirements on abortion clinics and another approved by a House committee and moved to the floor would "allow health care providers to refuse service based on moral objections, religious reasons, or matters of conscience," the Detroit Free Press reported.  
 
Both bills, which were approved along party lines with most Democrats objecting, are expected to reach Republican Gov. Mitch Snyder's desk for his signature over the holidays as state legislators hurry to wrap up this year's session.
 
The measures would join two other pieces of abortion-related legislation already on the governor's desk that the Free Press reported "would limit abortion coverage on policies sold on a statewide health insurance exchange unless consumers purchase it as an add-on to their policy."
 
The clinic licensing measure drew particularly hard criticism from Democratic lawmakers opponents and abortion-rights advocates, who said some of the requirements, such as having to undergo intense questioning by a doctor and setting strict guidelines for the disposal of fetal remains, interferes too much with a woman's personal choices.
 
According to the Free Press, one Democratic representative said it puts doctors "in the position of asking questions and being perceived as a part of law enforcement."
 
Democratic state Sen. Coleman Young II, the son of former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, called the Republican bills "just one more attempt to push an ideological agenda to stop a woman's right to choose."
 
Republican lawmakers, however, disagreed, calling the bills "pro-woman" because they would make abortions safer.
 
Ed Rivet, spokesman for Michigan Right to Life, also said the bills were long overdue. He said the fact that the legislature had begun moving them all at once was "pretty remarkable."
 
"This is a bit of rewards for 25 years of work," he said.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Brent Bozell: Media Refuses to Cover Easter as Religious Holiday

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 21:45 PM

Media outlets are largely ignoring the religious side of holidays such as Easter and Christmas, says Media Research Cent . . .

High-Tech Surveillance System Blankets Boston For Marathon

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 20:18 PM

A high-tech surveillance system consisting of cameras connected to a network that uses a form of artificial intelligence . . .

Researcher: Total Parental Involvement Can Hinder Kids' Education

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 20:07 PM

Most parents believe the more they are involved in their children's education, the better they will do in school. Keith  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved