In 2015, Michigan lawmakers proposed 23 bills related to abortion, 17 of which were anti-choice. Male legislators sponsered 72% of the proposed bills. Here’s an overview of current pending state legislation:
|Heartbeat Awareness Act
H.B. 4241 – Rep. Tom Hooker
Description: Before an abortion can be performed, the doctor must attempt to detect a fetal heartbeat and allow the woman to hear the heartbeat if she chooses. In addition, the bill requires the doctor to inform the woman of the likelihood of experiencing a spontaneous miscarriage based on the lack of fetal heartbeat and gestational age.
Choose Life License Plate
S.B. 84 – Sen. Patrick Colbeck & H.B. 4140 – Rep. Tom Hooker
Description: S.B. 84 and H.B. 4140 create the Choose Life Michigan fund within the Michigan Treasury where funds from the sale of specialty “Choose Life” license plates will be deposited. Funds generated by the sale of “Choose Life” plates in Michigan will be directed to the Choose Life Michigan fund. The board of the nonprofit prolife committee, Choose Life Michigan, will then disperse the money to organizations that submit grant proposals for specific abortion prevention projects. The bill stipulates that the funds will be used to promote alternatives to abortion, including adoption, provide practical support to pregnant women, and conduct outreach to at-risk populations regarding positive pregnancy options.Citizens Accountability Act
S.B. 27 – Sen. Rick Jones
Description: The Citizen Accountability Act would allow any individual who has knowledge of a woman being treated for an abortion complication to file a “Notice of Compliance” regarding Public Act 208. This notice would be filed simultaneously with the physician or facility treating the complication, the abortionist if he or she did not treat the complication, and the state Department of Community Health.
Abortion Provider Funding Ban aka Defund Planned Parenthood
H.B. 4145 – Rep. Tom Hooker
Description: H.B. 4145 adds section 2 to the Family Planning Act the public health code. It states that state departments shall not distribute money to organizations that perform or refer for elective abortions.
Coercive Abortion Prevention Act
H.B. 4787 – Rep. Amanda Price & H.B. 4830 – Rep. Nancy Jenkins
Description: H.B. 4787 adds to Michigan’s current anti-extortion/coercion provisions by including coercion to abort as a specific crime. It will be illegal to coerce a woman to abort by threatening or actually committing the following actions: physical assault, withdrawing financial support, or terminating or otherwise violating a legal contract, destroying or concealing a passport or other identification, and threats to deport or arrest.
Dismemberment Abortion Ban
Abortion Counseling Conflict of Interest
Clinic Licensing Enforcement Act