Michigan House Democrats Push Sweeping, Full Repeal of 1931 Abortion Law Through House; Fail to Preserve Reasonable Protections Permitted Under Proposal 3 and In Place Under Roe v. Wade

Extreme Measure Threatens Longstanding Protections for Women and the Unborn in Final Stages of Pregnancy

Lansing, MI – Today, proabortion members of the State House voted to pass a sweeping, full repeal of the 1931 abortion law. The 1931 law has been in place and partially effective even under Roe v. Wade, containing critical portions that remain constitutional in the wake of Proposal 3. By a 58-50 vote in the House (all Democrats and two Republicans), members failed in their duty to serve the public interest voting instead to wipe out common-sense health and safety protections that have been in place for decades.

Proposal 3 states that “the state may regulate the provision of abortion care after fetal viability.” The 1931 abortion law is the only abortion statute that currently regulates post-viable abortions.

“Our elected representatives failed Michigan citizens today. This sweeping removal of important legal protections for women and unborn children in the final stages of pregnancy takes us down an increasingly dangerous path,” said Barbara Listing, President, Right to Life of Michigan. “Retaining common-sense protections is in the state’s interest and must transcend both party politics and traditional divisions among prolifers and proabortion activists.”

All attempts to amend the bill with reasonable protections for women’s health and safety were gaveled down without discussion.

Right to Life of Michigan calls on the Senate to incorporate reasonable protections for women and viable unborn children as they take up this dangerous bill. To move forward with this extreme full repeal without any protections in place is reckless.

“Advocates for life from across our great state extend heartfelt appreciation to those legislators who voted no on this dangerous bill and instead stood for common-sense protections for women and children, protections fully permitted under the Michigan Constitution,” added Mrs. Listing.

For more information:
RLM Legislative Director Genevieve Marnon, (517) 487-3376, [email protected]

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