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Mon March 12, 2012
Abortion debate to resume in Michigan with vote on coercion bill
The debate over abortion is expected to resume tomorrow at the state Capitol.
The state House is expected vote on measures to make it a crime to intimidate or coerce a woman into aborting a pregnancy.
The legislation would create a new crime of coercing a woman to have an abortion against her will. It would cover anything from the threat of violence to refusing to pay child support or getting a woman fired from a job.
No one is arguing in favor of allowing people to intimidate a woman into having an abortion. But opponents of the package say it should not single out as victims only women who are coerced into having an abortion. They say women who are threatened because they want to end a pregnancy should have the same protections.
There is also a fight over the use of the phrase “unborn child” in the legislation to define the fetus. Abortion rights supporters say that’s a loaded term and it should be not be used as a legal definition in a state law.