Michigan lawmakers have proposed two bills placing certain limits on women’s reproductive rights that in unison would make it impossible to obtain an abortion in the state after 18 weeks gestation.
The first, HB-4145 would prohibit hospitals from providing legal abortions if they receive state funding in the form of grants or contracts. The second bill, HB-4146 stipulates that all abortions for a gestation that is 19 weeks or more must be performed in a facility with a neonatal unit — a hospital.
Among various state funds, the Michigan Department of Community Health just awarded a grant of $300,000 to be distributed among 30 birthing hospitals in Michigan. The purpose of the grant is unrelated to abortion services:
These funds will help connect families to evidence-based home visiting programs including the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) and to the Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS).
These bills are not tie-barred — that would have been too obvious. They were sponsored by ten male lawmakers, with one female, Cindy Gamrat (R-80), who ran on a pledge to eliminate all abortion services in the state.
There is no provision for saving the life or health of the mother.
updated 3:40 pm 2-5-15