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Tue June 12, 2012
Abortion debate heats up at state Capitol
Protesters in pink shirts filled the lawn of the state Capitol and packed the gallery of the state House today.
They were protesting a group of anti-abortion bills to be voted on this week by the House. The legislation would outlaw terminating a pregnancy after 20 weeks. It would also require clinics to be inspected, and impose new restrictions on abortion providers.
“Frankly, these bills terrify me,” said Susie Simons of East Lansing. I’m completely afraid to get pregnant if these bills pass because if anything happens to me past 20 weeks I either have to die or carry a dead baby. So, I’m really terrified for my safety and for so many other women.”
A group of about 20 abortion opponents also lined up on the other side of the walkway leading to the Capitol.
“I am a strong believer in life and I believe the baby’s rights should be protected and I really want these bills to go through because I think they are also helping women. They are protecting them at the same time as the baby, too,” said Jennah Sailor, a member of the University of Michigan chapter of Students for Life.
The measures would forbid terminating a pregnancy after 20 weeks, and would impose new restrictions on clinics and abortion providers. Abortion rights advocates say the measures would force some clinics that provide an array of services to women to shut down.
The measures are up for House votes as soon as tomorrow.
They are expected to pass since a substantial majority of state House members are endorsed by anti-abortion groups.