Group backs initiative for Michigan abortion ban after 1st heartbeat

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan group is launching a ballot drive to ban abortions after a fetus’s heartbeat is detected, with exceptions to protect a pregnant woman’s life or health.

The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition filed its initiative wording Tuesday. It’s the second ballot committee to push an anti-abortion measure, following a Right to Life-backed group that’s seeking to prohibit a second-trimester abortion procedure.

A fetal heartbeat can be detected at six weeks.

If roughly 340,000 valid signatures are gathered, the heartbeat initiative will go to the Republican-led Legislature. It could enact it or allow a statewide vote.

Anti-abortion activists disagree over the latest initiative.

Proponents say it’d protect more lives, while Right to Life worries the measure could interfere with an abortion ban already on the books if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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  • jeffinbville (@JeffInBville)

    I sure as heck would like to see the nosey-bodys involved with this spending their time and energy in promoting contraception and, failing that, providing direct pre and post-natal care followed by swift adoption of the child. But no… they’re just whiny self-centered people pushing their 2000 year-old religion on the rest of us and calling it good. But I know Jesus and he wouldn’t approve. Don’t judge others. He said that.

    • Common cents

      I believe the bible states something about not committing murder. Whatever religion or lack thereof you have has nothing to do with the Bible. You are wrong.

    • Kevin Rahe

      I don’t know where you think religion has anything to do with this. Most religions simply defer to science as to when a complete, distinct, living and fully human being exists, and science finally gave us a clear answer on that about a century and a half ago.

      And by the way, there is no such thing as a surplus of infants waiting to be adopted.

  • Kevin Rahe

    These bills are great for states that would be left with no or weak statutes proscribing abortion when Roe v. Wade is overturned. Unfortunately, Michigan isn’t one of them. We have an even stronger law already on the books. Adding a heartbeat law to it would at best cause confusion, and at worst undermine the effectiveness of the more comprehensive law.

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