State Senate poised to approve partial birth abortion ban

LANSING — The Michigan Senate is expected to approve legislation this week to ban partial birth abortions, said sponsors Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof and Sen. Goeff Hansen. A Wednesday vote is expected on Senate Bills 160 and 161.

“Partial birth abortion is a barbaric act that we need to stop,” said Meekhof, R-West Olive. “I’m proud to sponsor this measure because I believe every life is precious. I look forward to seeing this bill become law.”

SB 160, sponsored by Meekhof, would outlaw the practice of partial birth abortion in Michigan, unless determined necessary to save the life of the mother. The bill was modeled after the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hansen’s measure, SB 161, would establish sentencing guidelines for performing or assisting in a partial birth abortion. Individuals convicted of the new felony would face two years in prison.

“Every life, born or unborn, is sacred and deserves to be protected,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “There should be penalties for performing or helping perform partial birth abortions. My bill will help ensure that people who conduct these gruesome procedures face consequences for their actions.”

After Senate approval, both proposals will go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.