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Barrett bill would ban gruesome dismemberment abortion procedure

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Barrett on Tuesday introduced legislation to ban dismemberment abortions in Michigan.

“Senate Bills 229 and 230 will prohibit the barbaric practice known as dismemberment abortion that is a violent affront to the sanctity of human life,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “These bills amend the partial-birth abortion ban already in place to stop dismemberment abortions as well.”

The bills provide for exceptions for medical emergencies and for the event of a miscarriage.

SBs 229 and 230 would expand Michigan’s ban on partial-birth abortions to prohibit doctors from using the dismemberment abortion procedure, in which a doctor uses a medical instrument to remove a living and developed fetus in pieces.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in 2017 the dismemberment procedure accounted for 1,777 abortions reported in Michigan that year, including more than 80 percent of late-term abortions.

“The 1,777 dismemberment abortions in Michigan are heartbreaking to hear about,” Barrett said. “I am proud to sponsor this legislation. Much like partial-birth abortion, dismemberment abortion also shocks the conscience, and it’s time we do something about it.”

The bills have been referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee for consideration.