Michigan dems unveil plan to roll back "restrictive" abortion laws
LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - Michigan Democrats say women's reproductive health care is under attack.
Over the past 5 years, Democrats say Republican controlled legislatures have passed 300 laws to restrict abortion services to women.
Jenni Lane arrived at the State Capitol on Tuesday to share why she ended her pregnancy.
"We held our still born baby and said goodbye to him. We named him Robert," Lanse said.
She has an abortion after being pregnant for nearly four months.
"His rare brain malformation made it unlikely that he would be able to survive to term at all... it was a pretty awful experience I wouldn't wish on anyone," she sadi.
It has been 12 years since she made the hardest decision of her life.
Tonight, Ms. Lane is joining Democrats who are trying to roll back what they call restrictive abortion laws passed by Republicans.
"Their actual aim is either to force women to go through unnecessary hurdles, or force abortion providers to shut their doors," said Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor).
"One bill in this package would repeal the requirement that women pre-purchase abortion insurance riders prior to becoming pregnant and instead require insurance plans to cover abortion services," said State Reps. Pam Faris (D-Clio),
Democrats also want to repeal the requirement that forces women to give written and verbal consent at least 24 hours before they have an abortion.
The Democrat's bills will face hurdles in the Republican controlled legislature where some lawmakers are trying to defund Planned Parenthood.
"One of the most important rights is the right to life and the most defenseless among us is a baby in the womb," said Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton).
As a mother, Lane says she'll continue to defend a woman's right to choose.
"I didn't expect to be in that situation... and I think compassion is very important," Lane said.
Michigan Democrats are also trying pass a bill that prevents physicians from providing information that is not medically accurate.
Amanda Sandles from Medical Students for Choice also joined Michigan Democrats as they unveiled the new package of bills.