[Ed. – What does it say about us as a civilized nation that a law needs to be passed preventing a fetus’s limbs from being torn from his body?]
Michigan legislative Republicans made moves to ban dilation and evacuation, or D&E abortions, in the state Tuesday.
Both the Senate and House had floor votes scheduled on legislation to define the procedure as “dismemberment abortion” in law and ban it, making it a two-year felony for a physician to perform one unless it was to save the life of the mother.
The procedure is often performed in the second trimester of a pregnancy.
On Tuesday morning, the Senate voted 22-16 along partisan lines on the legislation, Senate bills 229 and 230, sponsored by Sens. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, and Kimberly LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp. The House was set to take up similar legislation, House Bills 4320 and 4321, Tuesday afternoon.
The issue played out along partisan lines in the Senate, with Republican backers characterizing the legislation as “reasonable restrictions” to abortion while Democrats said the bills would remove one of the safest options available for terminating a pregnancy at that stage.