by Steven Ertelt
January 9, 2008
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life group in Michigan will push for a new ban on partial-birth abortions there following a Supreme Court decision to not revive a previous attempt to ban the three-day long abortion procedure. The ban is expected to get enough support in the legislature but what Gov. Jennifer Granholm might do is in question.
The Supreme Court decided it would not revive a Michigan ban on partial-birth abortions despite a ruling last April upholding the national ban on the gruesome abortion procedure.
As LifeNews.com reported, the Michigan ban took a different approach in banning the abortion method than the federal ban by declaring such abortions as infanticides.
In response to the decision, Pam Sherstad, spokesperson for Right to Life of Michigan, said her group would work with pro-life lawmakers to pass a partial-birth abortion ban with language similar to the national law the high court upheld.
Ed Rivet, legislative director for RTLM, also told the Detroit Free Press that the new ban would have "strong bipartisan support in both chambers."
"If there’s any question, it will be what the governor might decide to do with the bill," he said, referring to Granholm, who is pro-abortion.
Liz Boyd, spokesperson for the Democratic governor, who vetoed the 2004 state law, told the newspaper that she would need to see the specific legislation first.
Meanwhile, Kari Moss, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, told the newspaper that pro-abortion groups would oppose the bill and called the new ban "silly" because there is a federal law already in place.
"Right to Life is simply trying to rally the troops around an issue," Moss said. "They have tried and failed on three occasions. It’s time for them to stop wasting Michigan taxpayers’ money."
Pro-life groups argue state version of the national partial-birth abortion ban are necessary in case the federal law is ever reversed in court and to allow local officials to help with enforcement.
Related web sites:
Right to Life of Michigan – https://www.rtl.org