On Tuesday, Michigan’s Senate voted to ban dilation and evacuation abortions.
Democratic senators criticized the bills, calling the legislation dangerous to the well-being and health of women.
Republican Senator Tom Barrett of Charlotte, who supports the bill, said that legislators are “taking a stand for life” by restricting an abortion procedure that should shock the public.
Dilation and evacuation abortions have already been barred by 12 states. Additionally, Alabama’s Senate will soon vote on a ban that would almost completely ban abortion, as doctors would not be able to perform the procedure after the fetus is “in utero” under the proposed bill. Georgia recently signed a bill into law that will ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — that law is slated to go into effect in 2020. Ohio and Mississippi have also recently passed similar “heartbeat” laws.
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