LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kevin Daley, on Wednesday introduced legislation to strengthen the state’s laws against partial-birth and coerced abortions.
“I am proudly pro-life and strongly believe it is part of my duty to protect our state’s vulnerable individuals,” said Daley, R-Lum. “The bills I introduced today would help protect mothers against coercion and forced procedures and further deter the gruesome and especially inhumane practice of partial-birth abortions — which were illegal even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.”
Under the legislation, violations against state laws prohibiting a woman from being forced into an abortion against her will would increase from a fined misdemeanor to a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Penalties would be tougher when the coercer is the baby’s father — five-year and $20,000 maximums.
Additionally, abortion providers who perform partial-birth abortions — a process in which a living fetus is dismembered as it emerges from the womb — would face a felony charge punishable by four years in prison, increased from two, and a maximum fine of $50,000.
Daley’s bills were part of a larger pro-life legislative package introduced by Senate Republicans on Wednesday.