LaSata statement on passage of dismemberment abortion ban

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Kim LaSata released the following statement on Tuesday after the Senate approved legislation to ban dismemberment abortions in Michigan.

Senate Bills 229 and 230 would expand Michigan’s ban on partial-birth abortions to prohibit doctors from using the dismemberment abortion procedure, in which a doctor uses a medical instrument to remove a living and developed fetus from its mother’s womb in pieces.

“I believe that a human life is a gift from God,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “All life — especially the life of the preborn — has value and should be protected, and that is why I voted to ban this horrific procedure from our state. This legislation upholds Michigan’s long tradition of supporting a culture of life.”

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.

The bills provide for an exception to save the life of the mother.

SBs 229 and 230 now advance to the House of Representatives for consideration.