Partial birth abortion ban passes Senate

Today my Senate Republican colleagues and I voted in support of bills that will prohibit partial birth abortions in the state of Michigan.  I believe life is a precious gift that must be protected, which is why I co-sponsored Senate Bills 160 and 161.

Senate Bill 160 will outlaw the practice of partial birth abortion, unless determined necessary to save the life of the mother.  The bill was modeled after the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senate Bill 161 will establish sentencing guidelines for performing or assisting in a partial birth abortion.  Individuals convicted of such a felony would face two years in prison.

These measures are an important part of protecting the sanctity of life, and I look forward to seeing my House colleagues pass this package of bills.