Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:21 PM
Starry Messenger (31,730 posts)
Michigan Senate Passes Gigantic Monster Anti-Choice Bill
The Michigan Senate just voted to pass HB 5711 — one of the country's most extreme and wide-reaching anti-choice measures, which is really saying a lot — by a 27-10 vote, with immediate effect. They added some revisions, which means the bill has to return to the House (which will probably approve it quicker than you can say "transvaginal ultrasound") before it's ready for Governor Rick Snyder's signature.
Remember that time Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum dared utter the word "vagina" during a debate about vaginas and were thus barred by House leadership? All that hullabaloo was about this 45-page bill, which would, among other restrictions, ban the use of telemedicine abortions — crucial for women who live in rural, under-served areas — and impose a bevy of unnecessary physical plant requirements on abortion providers, including minimum doorway sizes and minimum square footage (because every self-respecting patient cares about the spaciousness of her doctor's office) that could shut down almost every clinic in the state.
21 out of Michigan's 83 counties already lack a single OB/GYN, so this bill will make it that more difficult for the state's women to gain access to healthcare. This could get real bad, real fast.
Last week, the Senate prepared for today's women-hating entrée with a delectable assortment of anti-choice appetizers/bundle of anti-abortion bills, including SB 0975, a "conscience objection" bill which would give hospitals and other health care centers the right to deny services that aren't in line with their personal religious beliefs unless the patient/sinner in question is literally dying. The House is debating the bills now.
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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:22 AM
stevenleser (30,170 posts)
4. People are learning why local and state elections should be taken seriously and why you cannot vote
for what seems like a reasonable Republican for any level of office. I talked about this bill and Michigan in general during my show last Sunday. Its the second segment after the Newtown segment at 18:47. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2012/12/17/making-sense-with-steve-leser--week-in-review