Senate approves bill to ban gruesome dismemberment abortion procedure

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved Sen. Tom Barrett’s legislation to ban dismemberment abortions in the state.

“Earlier this year, the state of New York enacted a law eliminating nearly all reasonable abortion restrictions — part of a disturbing trend that’s devaluing human life and tearing at our nation’s morality,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “Michigan has a long tradition of protecting vulnerable unborn lives. In that tradition, Senate Bills 229 and 230 would prohibit the barbaric practice known as dismemberment abortion, which is a violent affront to the sanctity of human life.”

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

The bills include an exemption to protect the life of the mother and would punish the person performing the dismemberment abortion, not a woman seeking or obtaining it.

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.

“It is heartbreaking to hear about 1,777 innocent Michigan children being robbed by dismemberment abortion of their unique potential, their dreams, and the joy they could have brought to others,” Barrett said. “Much like partial-birth abortion, dismemberment abortion shocks the conscience, and it’s time we do something about it.

“In doing so, we can ensure that our laws uphold the values of the Michigan people and the conscience of America.”

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Editor’s note: Video of Barrett speaking on the Senate floor about the legislation will be available later at https://www.SenatorTomBarrett.com/video/.