A package of three bills was recently introduced in the Michigan House and they represent the the largest collection of pro-life legislation ever addressed at one time in the legislature, according to Right to Life of Michigan. A state House committee will consider the bills on Thursday.
House Bill 5711 is an omnibus bill combining seven introduced pro life bills into one large bill (45 pages). Omnibus bills of this nature have become common in Lansing and are referred to by the shortened moniker of a “bus.” RLM provided LifeNews a description of the bills and says it is urging pro-life advocates to contact members of the state legislature now to support the bill by going here.
Coercive Abortion Prevention – screening women seeking abortions for possible coercion to abort, require an anti-coercion sign posted in abortion clinics. (HB 5134 & 5182) The two additional new bills attached to the Bus, HB 5712-13, complete the Coercive Abortion Prevention package by defining coercion to abort as a crime and providing penalties. (HB 4798-99) In addition, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and its penalty bill (HB 5543 & 5544) are combined into HB 5712-13. The Pain-Capable bill mimics bills passed in 6 other states making it a crime to abort a child after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the unborn child’s ability to experience pain.
Humane disposition of aborted babies – require bodies of aborted children to be buried or cremated. (SB 25 & 54 or HB 4119-4120)
Prohibit “Webcam” abortions – prohibits prescribing abortion pill by remote consulting over the Internet. (HB 4688/SB 420)
Abortion clinic licensing – require any abortion clinic or private physician office advertising outpatient abortion services to be licensed as a Freestanding Outpatient Surgical Facility. (HB 5522)
Abortionist malpractice insurance – require abortionists to carry $1 million in malpractice insurance or carry an equivalent bonded surety. (SB 876)
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RLM says, “There is a lot to talk about with this effort, but it all comes down to an abortion industry that has long avoided proper regulation or compliance with existing laws and safety standards. The pattern of turning a blind eye to abortion clinic practices for 39 years must come to an end.”