Senate, House adopts new abortion restrictions opposed by Whitmer

May 15, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Republicans in the state Legislature have set the stage for a showdown with Governor Gretchen Whitmer over bills to outlaw an abortion procedure. 

Republican called votes in the House and the Senate on bills to ban the dilation-and-evacuation procedure.

Democrats, including state Representative Mari Manoogian, voted “no.”

“Decisions about women’s health care should be made by women and their physicians, not politicians.”

Republican state Senator Kim LaSata says she regrets her attempt years ago to terminate a pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage.

“Of course it should be hard. And the procedure should be painful, and you should allow God to take over, and you should deliver that baby, and you should handle the situation.” 

Governor Whitmer says the bills will be vetoed if any reach her desk.

Michigan’s political drama over abortion is playing out as Republicans across the country are proposing and adopting similar bills in hopes of putting the abortion question back before the United States Supreme Court.