Every life has value even those of unborn children.

Every life has value – even those of unborn children. I believe that life is a gift that should be cherished, not something to discard and throw away. That is why I’m happy to report that the Michigan Senate recently approved legislation to ban the gruesome procedure known as partial birth abortion.

Women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant have numerous options to choose from, including adoption and abortion. Partial birth abortion is a truly violent and horrific procedure that is unnecessary.

If signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, Senate Bill160 would outlaw the practice of partial birth abortion in Michigan, unless determined necessary to save the life of the mother. The bill was modeled after the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The other measure, SB 161, would establish sentencing guidelines for performing or assisting in a partial birth abortion. Individuals convicted of the new felony would face two years in prison. Plain and simple, those who would perform or help perform this brutal procedure should face punishment.

Both of these proposals go a long way to protect the sanctity of human life. As a co-sponsor of these vital measures, I was proud to vote for them. I look forward to these bills becoming state law.

Currently, SBs 160 and 161 are before the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Sen. Joe Hune represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.