Michigan Democrat leaders began the new legislative session this week with a bill to repeal an unenforced state abortion ban that once protected unborn babies from abortion.
Her bill would get rid of a 1931 law that bans killing unborn babies in abortions except if the mother’s life is at risk. The law has not been in effect for more than 50 years, primarily because of Roe v. Wade. When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe last summer, Michigan abortion activists sued to block the law from going into effect, and a state court blocked the life-saving legislation.
Then, the pro-abortion movement, heavily funded by out-of-state billionaires, lobbied voters to pass a state constitutional amendment in November that declares abortion to be a “fundamental right.”
With the new amendment, the abortion ban cannot be enforced, and pro-life advocates warn that other abortion regulations, including parental consent for minors and a ban on late-term abortions, also could be repealed.
Pohutsky said Democrats promised to make abortion a top priority, and they are going to follow through on that promise in the new legislative session.
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“Affirming a person’s right to abortion and reproductive freedom was Democrats’ priority throughout the previous year and remains our priority today,” she said in a statement. “The government does not belong in the exam room as people make private medical decisions. We must repeal old laws that no longer reflect the will of Michigan voters.”
A second bill, state Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Sen. Erika Geiss, D-Taylor, also would repeal a 1931 ban on abortion drugs and contraception, according to the report. That law is not in effect either.
Currently, aborting unborn babies is legal in Michigan for any reason up to viability, and about 30,000 are aborted every year. In recent years, more people are dying in Michigan than are being born each year, according to a recent report from MLive journalist Taylor DesOrmeau.
With the new pro-abortion constitutional amendment, the deadly trend likely will continue.
Last year, out-of-state billionaires poured millions of dollars into the pro-abortion campaign in Michigan, telling voters that voting “yes” on Proposition 3 would just protect women’s health care. Notably, one donor was an executive at the former Bahamas-based cryptocurrency company FTX, which since has been accused of massive fraud; he donated $4 million, according to campaign finance records.
Along with George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, campaign finance records show other outside donors to the pro-abortion campaign include the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a dark money group that donated $5.2 million; and former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, who donated $2 million.
Democrats control the state legislature, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is a pro-abortion Democrat who recently vetoed funding to help pregnant and parenting moms in need.
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