LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Tuesday voted to support Senate legislation to ban dismemberment abortions in the state.
“Dismemberment abortion is a horrific procedure that ends the life of babies in the womb,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “This measure will provide necessary protections for the preborn.”
Senate Bills 229 and 230 would expand Michigan’s existing partial-birth abortion ban to stop doctors from the dismemberment abortion procedure, in which a doctor uses a medical instrument to remove a living and developed fetus in pieces.
The bills include an exemption to protect the life of the mother and would punish the person performing the dismemberment abortion, not a woman seeking or obtaining it.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in 2017 the dismemberment procedure accounted for 1,777 abortions reported in Michigan that year, including more than 80 percent of late-term abortions.
VanderWall also spoke of his own bill protecting preborn babies.
“Senate Bill 165 is currently before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee,” he said. “This measure would protect preborn children after 20 weeks old, at which point they feel excruciating pain during an abortion.
“As today’s legislation moves forward, we must remember the mothers who are faced with difficult pregnancies, and we need to find ways to support these women and protect the life of the babies.”
The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.