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2011 Senate Bill 160: Ban “partial birth abortion”

Public Act 168 of 2011

Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on February 17, 2011 To prohibit “partial birth abortions” as defined in the bill, unless in a physician's reasonable medical judgment a partial-birth abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury. The bill does not specify a "health of the mother" exception. Violation would be subject the abortion provider (but not the mother) to up to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine; the father could sue the physician for damages (but could not sue the mother). The bill contains a detailed list of “legislative findings” regarding this practice.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 17, 2011
Reported in the Senate on March 3, 2011 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on September 20, 2011 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that removes the list of "legislative findings," and just includes the actual provisions of the proposed new law, minus the associated commentary.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 20, 2011
Amendment offered in the Senate on September 20, 2011 To establish that if passed the bill will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 20, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on September 21, 2011 To create an exemption from the proposed partial birth abortion ban "when a physician is treating a pregnancy loss".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on September 21, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on September 21, 2011 To exempt pregnancies that are the result of incest or rape from the proposed partial birth abortion ban.
The amendment failed 9 to 27 in the Senate on September 21, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on September 21, 2011 To establish in statute that "every individual has a fundamental right to contraceptives".
The amendment failed 9 to 27 in the Senate on September 21, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on September 21, 2011 To limit the proposed ban to pregnancies in the "post-viability" stage, defined as, in the judgment of a doctor, "there is reasonable likelihood of the fetus’s sustained survival outside the uterus without the application of extraordinary medical measures".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on September 21, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on September 21, 2011 To add a "health of the mother" exception to the proposed partial birth abortion ban.
The amendment failed 9 to 27 in the Senate on September 21, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on September 21, 2011 To strip out the bill's "severability" clause, which establishes that if one part of the proposed law is ruled unconstitutional, the rest of it remains in effect.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on September 21, 2011
Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate on September 21, 2011 To prohibit “partial birth abortions” as defined in the bill, unless in a physician's reasonable medical judgment a partial-birth abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury. The bill does not specify a "health of the mother" exception. Violation would be subject the abortion provider (but not the mother) to up to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine; the father could sue the physician for damages (but could not sue the mother).
Received in the House on September 21, 2011
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on September 21, 2011
Reported in the House on September 27, 2011 With the recommendation that the following amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the House on September 27, 2011 To establish that the proposed law does not create a "right" to an abortion, which would still be subject to state regulations and limitations.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 27, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on September 27, 2011 To limit the proposed ban to pregnancies in the "post-viability" stage, defined as, in the judgment of a doctor, "there is reasonable likelihood of the fetus’s sustained survival outside the uterus without the application of extraordinary medical measures".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 27, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Joan Bauer (D) on September 27, 2011 To create an exemption from the proposed partial birth abortion ban "when a physician is treating a pregnancy loss".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 27, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on September 27, 2011 To add a "health of the mother" exception to the proposed partial birth abortion ban.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 27, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on September 27, 2011 To exempt pregnancies that are the result of incest or rape from the proposed partial birth abortion ban.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 27, 2011
Passed 75 to 34 in the House on September 28, 2011 (same description)
To prohibit “partial birth abortions” as defined in the bill, unless in a physician's reasonable medical judgment a partial-birth abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury. The bill does not specify a "health of the mother" exception. Violation would be subject the abortion provider (but not the mother) to up to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine; the father could sue the physician for damages (but could not sue the mother).
Received in the Senate on September 28, 2011
Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on September 28, 2011 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 11, 2011

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