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Michigan Senate approves making coerced abortion a crime

Jon Harrison

Coercing a woman to have an abortion would be a crime under a bill that is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

The state Senate, on a 26-11 mostly party-line vote, gave final approval to the bill Tuesday, making it a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $5,000, unless the person charged is the father of the unborn child, in which case the fine would grow to $10,000. A jail sentence also could accompany the crime and would relate to the sentences for the underlying crime, such as stalking or assault.

Republicans and abortion opponents said the bill is necessary to protect women, especially in situations of human trafficking or prostitution.

For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Senate approves making coerced abortion a crime", Detroit Free Press, May 25, 2016

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