by Steven Ertelt
January 22, 2008
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — The Michigan Senate approved a revised ban on partial-birth abortions on Tuesday on a 24-13 vote, but the approval of the measure is considered less likely in the Democrat-dominated House. The ban is needed after the Supreme Court refused to consider a case to uphold the older version.
Four Democrats joined 20 Republicans to support the measure in the Senate including James Barcia of Bay City, Raymond Basham of Taylor, John Gleason of Flushing and Dennis Olshove of Warren.
Thirteen Democrats voted against the ban on the three-day-long abortion procedure while one Republican was absent during the debate and vote.
House Judiciary Chairman Paul Condino told the Associated Press that he will examine the constitutionality of the legislation, which is patterned after the federal partial-birth abortion ban the Supreme Court upheld last April. Condino will make a recommendation to the House speaker on how to handle the bill.
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed a previous version of the ban and a representative declined to say what she would do with this one.
Michigan approved a partial-birth abortion ban years ago but drew up a differently-worded one after the Supreme Court declared a Nebraska ban unconstitutional in 2000.
That Michigan ban took a different approach in banning the abortion method than the federal ban by declaring such abortions as infanticides.
Ed Rivet, legislative director for RTLM, previously 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 Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who is pro-abortion.
Granholm vetoed the 2004 ban but hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents signed petitions to the legislature to have her veto overturned and state lawmakers did just that.
Pro-life groups argue a state version of the national partial-birth abortion ban is necessary in case the federal law is ever reversed in court and to allow local officials to help with enforcement.
A partial-birth abortion typically involves a baby in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. The abortion practitioner partially births the child and then turns the baby around to be able to puncture her skull with scissors and kill the baby before completing the delivery process.