“I’m proud to see these life-saving measures signed into law,” Meekhof said. “Life is a precious gift that must be defended. That is exactly what these new laws do — protect life.”
Public Act 168 of 2011 (Senate Bill 160) outlaws the practice of partial-birth abortion in Michigan, unless determined necessary to save the life of the mother. The law was modeled after the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The other measure, PA 169 of 2011 (HB 4110), establishes sentencing guidelines for performing or assisting in a partial-birth abortion. Individuals convicted of the new felony would face two years in prison.
The new laws empower local police departments, county prosecutors and attorney general to enforce this law, Meekhof said.