Michigan Proposes New Harsh Abortion Bill

Michigan lawmakers have rolled several anti-abortion bills into one single piece of legislation.

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Legislators in Michigan are prepping a new bill that combines a number of anti-abortions laws into one piece of legislation, making obtaining and performing an abortion much more difficult in the Midwestern state. According to Mother Jones, the local ACLU has called the bill the "greatest assault on reproductive rights" in Michigan's history.

The controversial legislation combines several bills, including GOP Rep. Deb Shaughnessy's House Bill 5713, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation, and House Bill 5711, from Rep. Bruce Rendon (R), which would impose multiple new regulations on abortion providers.

Shaughnessy's proposal is modeled after bills that have passed in six states around the country already, and it only includes an exception if the woman's life is at stake. Rendon's bill requires abortion providers to meet the same standards as "ambulatory surgical centers." Abortion rights groups in the state say this law, often referred to as "targeted regulation of abortion providers" (or TRAP), would likely shut down all abortion providers in the state. Other provisions of the bill require a doctor to be physically present to dispense abortion drugs (which would basically outlaw the use of telemedicine abortions).

Read more at Mother Jones.

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