Group Will Submit Petitions To Ban Abortion Method In Michigan

WWJ News
December 23, 2019 - 4:21 pm
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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - A ballot group is planning to submit petitions to prohibit a second-trimester abortion procedure in Michigan.

The Michigan Values Life committee says it will turn in nearly 380,000 voter signatures to the state on Monday.

It needs roughly 340,000 signatures.

If the petitions are certified as valid, the Republican-led Legislature will have a 40-day window to pass the initiative, and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can't veto it.

The dilation and evacuation procedure, used in 7% of abortions in Michigan last year, is the medically preferred method for abortion care at or about 14 or 15 weeks into pregnancy. 

While anti-abortion groups call it "dismemberment," abortion-rights groups say the procedure is safe and constitutional.

If the Michigan Legislature votes for the abortion ban and it becomes law before appearing on the November 2020 ballot, the American Civil Liberties Union is prepared to challenge it in court.

“This anti-abortion effort is a nationwide movement that we in Michigan are prepared to fight," said Dave Noble, executive director of the ACLU Michigan, in a statement. 

"Abortion is health care. Abortion is a right that has become dangerously fragile and must be protected," he said. "We champion the rights of pregnant people to make their own medical decisions alongside a health care professional they trust – not politicians concerned more with thwarting religious freedoms and sound medical advice for all.”