Michigan Life at Conception Bill (HB 4279)
This law was last updated on Apr 25, 2016
HB 4279 states that “the word ‘individual’ shall be construed to mean a natural person and to include a fetus.”
The bill defines “fetus” to mean “an individual organism of the species homo sapiens at any time before complete delivery from a pregnant woman. ‘Fetus’ includes a fertilized embryo that is no longer in utero.”
The legislation states that it does not require a woman to be prosecuted for the death of her “unborn child” if an abortion is necessary due to complications creating an imminent threat to the life of the mother, such as tubal pregnancies.
This bill would give constitutional rights to fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses, and would ban abortion with no exception for rape or incest. The bill might also ban birth control pills, IUDs, and emergency contraception. In addition, it might eliminate certain medical choices for women, including some cancer treatments and in vitro fertilization, and might lead to investigation and prosecution of women who miscarry to determine if their own actions caused the death of the fetus.