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Michigan GOP Leaders Say They’d Call Vote On Abortion Ban Law

Jan 23, 2020

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Republican leaders in the Legislature say they are ready to adopt a petition-initiated bill to place new restrictions on abortion.  Rick Pluta tells us Republicans are looking to press the limits of the Roe versus Wade decision.


Republicans in the Legislature are waiting for state elections officials to certify the petition signatures are valid.  The initiative would outlaw the procedure known medically as dilation and evacuation.  House Speaker Lee Chatfield says he knows the votes are there because the House has already adopted an almost identical bill.

“This is an that issue we feel strongly about, and should the petitions and signatures be authorized and submitted to us, we fully intend on taking it up again and passing it out of the House chamber.

The Senate Republican leader says Senate adoption is also a near-certainty.

A petition-initiated law could not be vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  But abortion rights groups say they would file a legal challenge if the initiative is enacted into law.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org