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2011 House Bill 4799: Prohibit coercing a woman to have an abortion
  1. Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on June 22, 2011, to make it a crime to coerce or attempt to coerce a woman into having an abortion. In addition to potential prison for threats of violence or "stalking," the bill authorizes fines for acts like threatening divorce or other living arrangement changes, threatening to withhold current or promised support, etc.
    • Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on June 22, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on February 14, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 8, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on March 8, 2012, to also apply the proposed sanctions if a person coerces a woman to continue a pregnancy against her will. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on March 8, 2012, to strip out the bill’s definition of “unborn child” as “a live human being in utero regardless of his or her gestational stage of development”. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on March 8, 2012, to tie-bar this bill a series of Democratic bills that would, among other things, impose new contraceptive, infertility treatment, and pap smear coverage insurance mandates, mandate additional sex education classes in schools, impose new "crisis pregnancy center" regulations, create a state morning-after pill PR campaign, and more. See House Bills 4805 to 4814. "Tie bar" means this bills can't become law unless those ones also become law. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on March 8, 2012, to strip out the bill's definition of actions that indicate "malicious intent". The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on March 8, 2012, to move back the date the bill goes into effect until Jan. 1, 2013. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on March 8, 2012, to essentially strip out the bill's provisions except for authorizing enhanced penalties for threats of violence or stalking made with the intent for coerce a woman to have an abortion. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 8, 2012.
  2. Passed 72 to 37 in the House on March 13, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 13, 2012, to give immediate effect.
  4. The motion failed 70 to 39 in the House on March 13, 2012, to give the bill immediate effect. A two-thirds majority is needed.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on March 14, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 14, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 2, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 12, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 12, 2012.
  6. Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on December 12, 2012, to make it a crime to coerce or attempt to coerce a woman into having an abortion. In addition to potential prison for threats of violence or "stalking," the bill authorizes fines for acts like threatening divorce or other living arrangement changes, threatening to withhold current or promised support, etc.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the House on December 12, 2012.

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