Daley supports ban on dismemberment abortion procedure

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kevin Daley on Tuesday supported the Senate plan to ban dismemberment abortions in the state.

“As a caring society, we simply cannot allow this practice to take place in Michigan,” said Daley, R Lum. “We need to protect the sanctity of life by rejecting this barbaric practice. I am proud to support this legislation.”

Senate Bills 229 and 230 would expand Michigan’s existing partial-birth abortion ban to stop doctors from the dismemberment abortion procedure, in which a doctor uses a medical instrument to remove a living and developed fetus in pieces.

The bills include an exemption to protect the life of the mother and would punish the person performing the dismemberment abortion, not a woman seeking or obtaining it.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in 2017 the dismemberment procedure accounted for 1,777 abortions reported in Michigan that year, including more than 80 percent of late-term abortions.

“We’re better than this,” Daley said. “The idea of 1,777 innocent lives meeting this horrific fate is unconscionable. Unfortunately, these types of procedures are becoming more widely accepted. Michigan has a long tradition of protecting vulnerable unborn lives and we need to uphold those values and continue strengthening protections for the unborn.”

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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