Abortion, Abortion Rights, pro-choice, reproductive rights

Michigan Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

                Ok, clearly the Republican party in this country just have no new ideas so they have to just keep repeating the same actions over and over again. Rather than actually trying to solve the legitimate problems this country is facing, they are spending their time stripping women’s rights. In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the so-called “Protect Life” act. They are banning procedures that don’t exist and that are already banned. They are attempting to or have succeeded at defunding family planning and Planned Parenthood at both the state and federal level. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters at Occupy Wall Street are begging our leaders to focus on the economy. The Republican leaders are too busy being redundant to listen.

Back when President Bush was still in office; Congress passed and he signed a ban on all “partial-birth abortions.” The ban was challenged and the Supreme Court upheld the law. So all “partial-birth abortions” are banned in all 50 states plus DC. This was all despite the fact that there is no actual medical procedure named a “partial-birth abortion.”

                Apparently law makers in Michigan didn’t get the memo though, because they have spent a good portion of the last decade trying to get a “partial-birth abortion” ban on the books at the state level. This week they finally succeeded when Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, signed a bill into law. The law includes an exemption if an abortion is needed to save the life of the pregnant woman, but not for cases of rape, incest, or if the health of the woman is in danger.

                The law stipulates punishment for both the doctor who performs the abortion and the pregnant person. The doctor can be fined up to $50,000 and spend 2 years in prison and the pregnant person could spend up to 2 years in jail. At this point it seems our government has given up on doing anything other than regulate women’s bodies… At least until the 2012 elections.


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