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2012 House Bill 5711: Impose more abortion regulations (Senate Roll Call 912)
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Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on December 12, 2012, to impose more rigorous state regulations on abortion clinics, including expanded licensure and inspection regimes. Also, to require abortion providers to screen women for ensure they are not being intimidated into having an abortion; prohibit "telemedicine" remote doctor exams to prescribe "morning after pill" abortions; establish that the remains of an aborted fetus are subject to the same laws that apply to the disposition of dead bodies of humans who have been born; and more.
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The vote was 27 in favor, 10 against, and 1 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 912)

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Impose more abortion regulations



Gleason (D)Hunter (D)


Booher (R)Brandenburg (R)Casperson (R)Caswell (R)Colbeck (R)
Emmons (R)Green (R)Hansen (R)Hildenbrand (R)Hune (R)
Jansen (R)Jones (R)Kowall (R)Marleau (R)Meekhof (R)
Moolenaar (R)Nofs (R)Pappageorge (R)Pavlov (R)Proos (R)
Richardville (R)Robertson (R)Rocca (R)Schuitmaker (R)Walker (R)



Anderson (D)Bieda (D)Gregory (D)Hood (D)Hopgood (D)
Johnson (D)Smith (D)Warren (D)Whitmer (D)Young (D)



Kahn (R)


  n  Anderson (D)  n  Bieda (D)Y    Booher (R)Y    Brandenburg (R)Y    Casperson (R)
Y    Caswell (R)Y    Colbeck (R)Y    Emmons (R)Y    Gleason (D)Y    Green (R)
  n  Gregory (D)Y    Hansen (R)Y    Hildenbrand (R)  n  Hood (D)  n  Hopgood (D)
Y    Hune (R)Y    Hunter (D)Y    Jansen (R)  n  Johnson (D)Y    Jones (R)
  -  Kahn (R)Y    Kowall (R)Y    Marleau (R)Y    Meekhof (R)Y    Moolenaar (R)
Y    Nofs (R)Y    Pappageorge (R)Y    Pavlov (R)Y    Proos (R)Y    Richardville (R)
Y    Robertson (R)Y    Rocca (R)Y    Schuitmaker (R)  n  Smith (D)Y    Walker (R)
  n  Warren (D)  n  Whitmer (D)  n  Young (D)  

Senate Roll Call 912 on 2012 House Bill 5711



Re: 2012 House Bill 5711 (Impose more abortion regulations )  by Judy on December 13, 2012 
Senator Jones' statement is as follows:
I will address the bill at hand, not the other dozen bills that the distinguished leader spoke of from across the
aisle. The bill at hand does not prevent any woman from getting an abortion in the state of Michigan. It does provide
that her clinic will be clean and will be licensed; it will be inspected. We had shocking testimony in the Senate
Judiciary Committee. We had abortion clinics from around Detroit that said, "It's not needed; it doesn't need to be
inspect, We only need to sweep it out about once a week. We don't need scrub sinks"--shocking testimony.
I asked, "Why is it Planned Parenthood clinics are all licensed and you're not?" The owner could not give an
adequate explanation. When I asked "Why do trucks, refrigeration units, show up to pick up late-term abortions?"
That's not done, by the way, in Planned Parenthood. "Why is that? Are babies or body parts being sold in the state of
Michigan? What is going on?" I could not get an adequate explanation. I got a lot of vile language, but you know what? We allowed it in the Senate Judiciary Committee. We allowed
people to use the word "vagina," and we allowed them to have vagina shirts on. We let everybody say anything they
wanted, and then we considered the safety of the women in Michigan. This bill will make the abortion clinics
licensed and clean and they will be inspected.
I will remind you that 87 percent of the women of Michigan want this--87 percent. Even the women who said
they were Democrat and pro-choice, 76 percent want this passed. I can tell you about the seventeen aborted babies in
my district who were thrown in a common garbage dumpster. It was sickening--because the clinic didn't want to pay
for an incineration. They were thrown in bags with their mother's name on them and other credentials, medical
records. In fact, Bill Schuette got them shut down, and the doctors were ordered never ever again to do abortions in
the state of Michigan.
Lastly, this bill provides that the doctor will ask the women before performing this procedure, "Has anybody used
violence or coercion--has anybody dragged you here, forced you to do this?" This is just simply common sense.
Every domestic violence group wants this to happen. Vote for this bill; it's common sense. It will not stop abortions
in the state of Michigan, but it will make them a heck of a lot safer.

Re: 2012 House Bill 5711 (Impose more abortion regulations )  by Judy on December 13, 2012 
Senator Hunter's statement, in which Senator Jansen concurred, is as follows:
I have a quote, and the quote reads as follows: "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have
set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live."
Thank you very much, and I would urge a "yes" vote.

Re: 2012 House Bill 5711 (Impose more abortion regulations )  by Judy on December 13, 2012 
Senators Young, Hunter, Jansen and Jones asked and were granted unanimous consent to make statements and
moved that the statements be printed in the Journal.
The motion prevailed.
Senator Young's statement is as follows:
Madam President, I think it's time. I think the people have spoken. I think that for the sake of this state, we need
to get the government out from underneath women's clothing. I just don't know what could possibly be more
personal or more intimate to a woman than the right to choose.
I'll tell you a personal story about my life. Before I was born, there was a whole lot of hoopla, a lot of contention
and things going on, and my mother was under a whole lot of pressure from a lot of her people. One of those people
called her and said, "You know, you should have an abortion," and my mother said, "Absolutely not, under any
circumstances would I do that."
As you know, the rest is history and I was born. I've talked to my mother about this issue, and I said "Well, you
know, Mom, wouldn't you be more pro-life because people pushed you and you didn't go through with it; you didn't
submit under immense pressure. My father was facing death threats--all kinds of crazy stuff was going on. I can only
imagine the amount of actual pressure my mother was under during that very dark time when she was in the media
every other day. They were sneaking me in and out of houses because I was in danger.
My mother told me that this was a decision that she made, but would she make that for another woman?
Absolutely not. I think that really transformed my own mentality toward this issue. I don't think that the government
should be making decisions for women about their bodies. I think it's wrong. I think it's grotesque. I don't think we
should be doing this. I would urge you and I would urge the rest of my colleagues to let women make this decision
for their bodies and for themselves.

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