Green votes to ban partial birth abortions in Michigan

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate approved legislation on Wednesday to ban “partial birth” abortions in Michigan, said Sen. Mike Green, who voted for the measures.

“I strongly believe that the barbaric act of so-called ‘partial birth’ abortion should be stopped. This bill reinforces the already existing federal ban to make sure it ends in Michigan,” said Green, R-Mayville. “There is no greater gift than the gift of life. Each and every person should be cherished and protected and this helps do that.”

Senate Bill 160 would outlaw the practice of partial birth abortion in Michigan, unless determined necessary to save the life of the mother. The bill was modeled after the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The companion Senate Bill 161 would establish sentencing guidelines for performing or assisting in a partial birth abortion. Individuals convicted of the new felony would face two years in prison.

Both measures have been sent to the state House of Representatives for further consideration.