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Bill going to Snyder would make coerced abortion a crime

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Coercing a woman to have an abortion would be a misdemeanor in Michigan, under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Senate approved the legislation, 26-11, Wednesday with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. The bill would make coercion a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000; $10,000 if the accused is the father of the embryo or fetus.

Republicans say the bill will protect women and victims of human trafficking. But Democrats say the legislation is driven by politics and doesn’t do much for women if it doesn’t protect them from other forms of reproductive coercion.

Democrats unsuccessfully urged GOP senators to make it a crime to coerce women to give birth.

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2 comments

  • NO PC FOR ME

    Really? the same democrats who insist men be allowed to use the womens restrrom and locker rooms talking about protecting women?
    What a effin joke.

  • Kevin Rahe

    I’m not sure what kind of thinking leads one to want to make it a crime to discourage someone from blowing away a neighbor that they find inconvenient. Which Democrats took that position? I have to believe that it was only the more extreme elements of the party, and it’s sad to a news article giving all Democrats a bad name by not calling the guilty ones out by name.