Thirteen states have passed some type of legislation restricting abortion in the last few years: Arizona, Georgia, Utah, Virginia, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Alabama, Maryland, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Wisconsin and Kansas. Michigan is working on common sense prolife legislation that has yet to pass their state Senate and go to the governor.
HB 5711, passed by the Michigan House on June 13, requires that the remains of an abortion or miscarriage be buried or cremated; requires medical personnel to counsel women against being coerced to have an abortion; prohibits physicians from prescribing medical abortions over webcam; requires abortion doctors to carry greater liability insurance than other physicians and requires that abortion clinics performing several outpatient procedures a month be licensed. The bill has yet to be voted on in the Michigan Senate.
Two other bills are pending in the Michigan House. HB 5713 would ban abortion after 20 weeks unless the mother’s life is in danger; it states that a woman cannot be threatened into having an abortion, either physically or financially, and asserts that fetuses at 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain. The second bill, HB 5712, establishes sentencing guidelines on coercing abortions or performing an abortion after the 20-week cut-off.
State lawmakers hoping to place common sense boundaries on now-unrestricted abortions in Illinois have introduced bills that the Democratic pro-abortion leadership will not allow to be assigned to committee.