After right-to-work, more conservative legislation for Michigan

Michigan abortion demonstration

Abortion advocates demonstrated outside Michigan capitol building last summer

After the Michigan legislature passed a highly controversial right-to-work law on Tuesday, most observers thought it would simply lock the door and go home for the holidays. Not so. Under the theory that you keep going when you’re on a roll, the Republican-controlled legislature is building on Tuesday’s success.

On Wednesday, the Michigan Senate passed, by a vote of 27 to 11, HB-5711, an omnibus abortion bill. Two Democrats joined the Republicans in approving the legislation, including Senate Minority Floor Leader Tupac Hunter of Detroit.

When the bill was introduced in the House last June, ThinkProgress Health described it as the “nation’s worst” anti-abortion legislation. ThinkProgress is a liberal political blog which discusses items of interest in separate sections, including climate, the economy, health, justice, LGBT, security, and culture.

The bill includes an across-the-board ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, except when the mother’s life is at risk. It also makes it illegal for a caregiver or counselor to “coerce” an expectant mother into obtaining an abortion and requires that a physician must be present when abortion-inducing drugs are administered.

The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, also includes minimum malpractice requirements for physicians who routinely perform abortions as well as minimum facility requirements for abortion clinics.

But wait — that’s not all. On Thursday, the Michigan House of Representative expects to tackle a measure sponsored by Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, which would make it illegal for Michigan courts to consider foreign law in their decision-making. Opponents of the bill refer to it as an “anti-Sharia” bill, similar to the one which was approved in the Florida House last year,m but never came up for a Senate vote.

This week is making conservatives take a second look at the “Great Lakes State.” Michigan — It’s not just for liberals anymore.

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  • KB Cook

    My mitten-shaped, native-born, Michgander heart is doing the tango and the cha-cha-cha simultaneously. It's the GREAT Lakes State of MICHIGAN! I was talking with a friend in PA yesterday about the way Michigan (given the opportunity) is ripe for innovation and entrepreneurial start-ups! This proves there's substance to my predictions! Yippee Skippy!

  • Maxine Funk

    Yippee Skippy, Michigan hope PA is next, but not sure our Republican Governor is really a Republican of late!

  • DK

    Correct me if I am wrong. But, isn`t 20 weeks equal to like 5 months. I really think you should be able to decide well before 5 months to have an abortion. I don`t get what the uproar is all about. Google an ultrasound at 5 months.

  • http://none BGH222

    Maybe there is hope for this ultra Liberal Muslim controlled state after all. Perhaps even police protection for Christians from the stone and bottle throwing Muslims at the fair this year. At the this years fair the Muslim police chief told the Christians if they did not leave they would be arrested for disturbing the peace.

  • D

    Romney and the Republican National Committee blew one of the great opportunities in history by FAILING TO ASSERT positions that the Michigan Legislature and Governor are now putting into law. The Republican Party run by global collectivist saboteurs who wrung some the of worst results possible out of the 20112. The mind numbed sycophants of the WORD "Republican" need to WAKE UP and hone their critical thinking skills!