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LANSING, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Michigan's governor and Democrat state lawmakers are attempting to dismantle all legal protections for unborn children.
The Reproductive Health Act, an ambitious new bill sponsored by Democrat representative Christy Pagan, was announced at a press conference at the state capital in Lansing on Tuesday.
In 1972, before Roe v. Wade, the Michigan legislature voted to ban abortion. The decision was rendered ineffective after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, but if abortion would be overturned in the high court, the RHA would overturn the original state law to completely decriminalize abortion.
It would also:
Democrat governor Gretchen Whitmer gave final comments, affirming she had been opposing all pro-life bills presented by state Republicans.
She continued, "They've already passed a bill to ban a safe procedure that has saved women's lives, and as they know I'm going to veto those bills if they ever have the backbone to send them to my desk." She continues, "But it's not just a pen that should be protecting women's rights it is they should be enshrined in law."
Pro-life advocates have been attempting to enact a ban on dismemberment abortions when a child is torn apart limb-by-limb in the abortion procedure. Since Whitmer's threat to veto any legislation banning abortion by dismemberment, citizens have gathered over 400-thousand signatures in the hopes of the law passing by referendum.
Michigan Right to Life president Barbara Listing comments, "It's no surprise that Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to follow New York's lead and allow unlimited abortion-on-demand in Michigan. We know most Michiganders do not support secret teen abortions, unregulated medical facilities, or abortions up to the point of birth."
Governor Whitmer claims our petition drive to end dismemberment abortions is banning a "safe" procedure. There's nothing safe for a child during the later stages of pregnancy when her arms and legs are torn off by forceps, and her body and skull crushed and removed. The bill to end dismemberment abortions has a life of the mother exception, so her rhetoric is as empty as her compassion for viable children who can survive outside the womb.
Pagan, the sponsor of the bill who happens to be six months pregnant with twins, said, "I could not be happier but for many women the reality of a pregnancy leads to complex and personal decision-making that no one knows better than the woman making that decision herself."
She continues, "When I think about raising my soon-to-be children I will teach them that their bodies are their own, I will tell them that no one should ever make them feel violated or unsafe or harm them," adding, "we protect our children and empower them to have personal autonomy."
Planned Parenthood Michigan's chief medical officer, Dr. Sarah Wallett, also spoke, comparing abortion to common necessary medical procedures: "Michigan needs to commit to all of us doctors and patients alike that reproductive health care like cardiology and sports medicine and pediatrics will not be dictated by politicians."
Michigan's attorney general, Dana Nessel, who is also an abortion activist, issued a comment through the state attorney general's office, which reads: "Women’s reproductive rights and access to quality health care are under attack across the country. Now, more than ever, we must take concrete steps to ensure the rights of all women are protected under the law."
In April, Whitmer and Nessel were featured speakers at a Planned Parenthood summit in Lansing at which Nessel expressed her fear that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, vowing, "I will never prosecute a woman or her doctor for making the difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy."