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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