Sponsoring state Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, said he introduced the bills in an attempt to limit abortion in Michigan but acknowledged that the ban and criminal penalties he proposed could face legal challenges.
"If an elderly person reaches the end of their life, we judge their death by when their heartbeat stops," Hooker said Thursday. "Using the same line of reasoning, although I believe in life from conception, if you have a heartbeat the law should at least consider that a life."
As MLive reported, federal judges struck down similar bans in Arkansas and North Dakota, whose governor signed a six-week ban even though he acknowledged it would likely be struck down in court. Because it makes sense to spend public dollars to defend clearly unconstitutional laws.
One writer today suggested a silver lining of sorts: It showcases just how extreme some of Michigan's anti-abortion lawmakers are:
... a Michigan heartbeat ban is good news for local reproductive rights advocates beyond just the unlikelihood of it ever being put into action. For one thing, it serves as a reminder to the people of Michigan of both how extreme and intrusive anti-abortion state lawmakers really are as they not only try ban nearly all abortion in the state, but also that they have no qualms about wasting taxpayer money in an attempt to do it.
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