Senate votes to outlaw partial birth abortion

LANSING — Partial birth abortions would be illegal in Michigan under legislation approved Wednesday by the state Senate, said co-sponsor Sen. Joe Hune.

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.

“I believe that every human life has value – even those of unborn children,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “Partial birth abortion is a disgusting act that should be outlawed plain and simple. I’m proud to co-sponsor these vital measures and I look forward to them becoming state law.”

SBs 160 and 161 now advance to the House of Representatives for further consideration.