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Michigan Senate approves abortion procedure ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Republican-led Michigan Legislature is working to pass a state-level ban on a procedure that opponents call "partial-birth" abortion.

A proposal to put the ban in state law passed the Senate by a 29-8 vote Wednesday. The House was expected to vote on a similar proposal later in the day.

A similar federal ban on the late-term procedure was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007.

Critics of the Michigan plan say that makes the state proposal redundant. But supporters say a state ban would be needed to better prosecute potential cases within Michigan.

Michigan lawmakers have tried to enact a state-level ban on the procedure multiple times without success because of vetoes from then-Democratic Gov.

Jennifer Granholm and court rulings. Republican Rick Snyder succeeded Granholm in January.

Meanwhile, Snyder signed nine other bills into law on Wednesday. Several of the bills were sponsored by Sen. Roger Kahn, a Republican who represents Saginaw and Gratiot counties.

To read about each piece of legislature, click on the following links: House Bill 4716, H.B. 4734, H.B. 4748, H.B. 4787, Senate Bills 447 and 448, S.B. 449, S.B. 450 and H.B. 4316.


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