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Mich. Lawmaker Proposes Bills To Criminalize Certain Abortions

Mich. Lawmaker Proposes Bills To Criminalize Certain Abortions

August 25, 2015 — Michigan Rep. Laura Cox (R) last week introduced two measures (HB 4833, HB 4834) that would ban a certain type of abortion procedure, the Detroit Free Press reports (Gray, Detroit Free Press, 8/22).

Similar measures have been signed into law in Oklahoma (HB 1721) and Kansas (SB 95), and state lawmakers have proposed related bills in Missouri (HB 920) and South Carolina (S 531). Physicians use the method in about 8% to 9% of abortions across the U.S. (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/14).

Michigan Measures

According to O&E Media/Detroit HometownLife, one of the Michigan measures, HB 4833, would define the abortion method and add it to the Michigan penal code. The other measure, HB 4834, would amend the code of criminal procedure to impose a prison sentence of up two years for anyone who performs such an abortion.

The measures now proceed to the state House Committee on Criminal Justice (O&E Media/Detroit HometownLife, 8/20).