Michigan ‘Partial-Birth Abortion and Dismemberment Abortion Ban’ (SB 229)
This law was last updated on May 14, 2019
SB 229 would amend MCL 750.90h, the “partial-birth abortion ban act,” to include a ban on “dismemberment abortion,” unless it’s necessary to save the life of the pregnant person.
The bill would make anyone who knowingly performs a “dismemberment abortion” guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 2 years and/or a fine of up to $50,000.
The bill defines “dismemberment abortion” to mean when a physician:
[…]uses any instrument, device, or object to dismember a living fetus by disarticulating limbs or decapitating the head from the fetal torso and removing the dismembered fetal body parts from the uterus regardless of whether the fetal body parts are removed by the same instrument, device, or object or by suction or other means.
This law targets a procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is frequently used during second-trimester abortions. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an abortion using suction aspiration can be performed up to 14 weeks’ gestation, but after 14 weeks the D and E procedure must be used to perform an abortion. As such, dilation and evacuation bans, depending upon their language, may ban all surgical abortion past 14 weeks’ gestation. (Source.)
Based on model legislation drafted by the National Right to Life Committee.
Linked to SB 230.
Companion bill to HB 4320.
3/19/19 – Introduced.
5/14/19 – Passed Senate in a 22-16 vote.