by Steven Ertelt
December 7, 2005
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — The Michigan Senate has approved a revised bill concerning allowing women to see an ultrasound of their unborn children before an abortion is performed. The state House passed a stronger measure back in May, but the Senate has revised it following opposition from pro-abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
The House-approved measure would have required abortion practitioners to perform an ultrasound and to offer women a chance to see it before they have an abortion.
However, Granholm opposed that measure and the Senate changed it to say women should be allowed to see the ultrasound, but only if the abortion center decides on its own to do one.
Abortion facilities could decide an ultrasound would be helpful for determining the age of the unborn child before the abortion and, if they order one they are obligated to show it to women considering an abortion.
The changes to House Bill 4446 might be the bet the legislature can get on the bill with Granholm’s opposition.
Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd told the Detroit News in May that the governor opposes the bill because she claims it "places government in the middle of people’s most personal and intimate medical decisions."
"It purports to be about informing women, yet House members chose not to include an amendment that would have given them information about avoiding unintended pregnancies," she added.
Backers of the House measure, such as Right to Life of Michigan, said that it’s needed because abortion facilities often withhold information from women considering an abortion. Most women who see an ultrasound image of their baby beforehand, opt against having an abortion.
"This is a commonsense measure that brings true choice to the abortion issue," Kristen Cella of the Michigan Catholic Conference, said. Her group also supports the legislation.
The ultrasound bill could be another method of lowering abortion rates in Michigan, which continue to fall.
The Senate voted for the compromise version of the ultrasound bill 36-0 and it now returns to the House to approve the changes before heading to Granholm.