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ABORTION LAW
(2008-05-28)
(wgvu) - THE STATE HOUSE HAS VOTED TO PROHIBIT A
PROCEDURE THAT OPPONENTS CALL PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION.
THE DEMOCRATIC-LED HOUSE PASSED THE MEASURE BY A 74-32 VOTE. THE
REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED SENATE HAS APPROVED SIMILAR LEGISLATION. BUT
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR GRANHOLM DOESN'T SUPPORT THE BILL AND MIGHT
VETO IT BECAUSE IT DOESN'T INCLUDE AN EXCEPTION FOR THE HEALTH OF
THE MOTHER.
TWO-THIRDS VOTES IN BOTH HOUSES OF THE LEGISLATURE ARE NEEDED TO
OVERRIDE A VETO.
THE ABORTION LEGISLATION IS INTENDED TO MIRROR A FEDERAL
PROHIBITION AGAINST THE PROCEDURE THAT WAS UPHELD BY THE U.S.
SUPREME COURT LAST YEAR. PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO OUTLAW THE PROCEDURE
IN MICHIGAN WERE DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY FEDERAL COURTS.
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