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Michigan Legislature Votes to Ban Abortion Procedure, Veto Promised

Michigan Legislature Votes to Ban Abortion Procedure, Veto Promised

Updated: May 14, 2019 04:04 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's Republican-backed Legislature has voted to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, except when necessary to safe a women's life.

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Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed Tuesday to veto the bills once they get to her desk.

Supporters of the legislation say it would restrict the use of a "barbaric" procedure they call "dismemberment" abortion, a nonmedical term for dilation and evacuation. Opponents say the measures are blatantly unconstitutional and interfere with women's ability to access safe medical care.

Right to Life is preparing to launch an identical citizens' initiative that could be enacted by lawmakers without Whitmer's signature.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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