Michigan bill aims to ban dismemberment abortion
LANSING, MI, August 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Michigan state legislature is slated to consider a bill banning fetal dismemberment.
Michigan state Representative Laura Cox introduced a bill that will ban the grizzly but all-too-routine practice of dismemberment abortion. “This appalling practice has allowed doctors to dismember and kill human beings, and it cannot continue,” the Livonia Republican said.
The two-bill package is an addendum to Michigan's law banning Partial-Birth Abortion, a form of infanticide. To the "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act" it adds "Partial-Birth And Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act."
The bills define "dismemberment abortion" as using "any instrument, device, or object to dismember a living fetus by disarticulating limbs or decapitating the head from the fetal torso and removing the dismembered fetal body parts from the uterus."
"This barbaric procedure killed more than 1,700 Michigan babies in 2014," Genevieve Marnon, public affairs associate for Right to Life of Michigan told LifeSiteNews. "There is no way to consider this as legitimate medicine."
"We strongly support this legislation to end this crime against humanity," Ms. Marnon told LifeSiteNews.
Rep. Cox and Right to Life of Michigan were already collaborating on a Michigan bill similar to laws passed in Kansas and Oklahoma earlier this year when the shocking videos exposing Planned Parenthood's involvement in aborted baby organ trafficking.
"The video brutally describing how Planned Parenthood's abortionists purposely dismember babies to maximize organ harvesting only highlights the need for this bill," added Marnon.
House Bill 4833 adds an exception "if in the physician's reasonable medical judgment a partial-birth abortion or dismemberment abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury."
It also adds that the woman seeking abortion is not to be held liable in any way.
House Bill 4834 adds "dismemberment abortion" to Michigan's penal code regarding Partial-Birth Abortion, with a possible maximum sentence of two years.
The bill makes dismemberment abortion a crime for any doctor or abortionist in Michigan. “Criminal offenses for killing a living fetus through torture should be implemented,” Rep. Cox explained. “This gruesome procedure is unethical, immoral and will no longer be tolerated in Michigan.”
The bill package has been referred to the Committee on Criminal Justice for further consideration.