Michigan lawmakers may soon debate changes to state's abortion laws

Mar 11, 2012

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers might soon take some initial votes on bills related to abortion law in the state.

Legislation awaiting a vote in the Republican-led House would require a doctor or an assistant to do some screening before an abortion to make sure a pregnant woman isn't being forced or coerced to have the abortion against her will. Other bills would provide penalties for coercing a woman to have an abortion against her will.

Lawmakers debated the measures recently and soon could vote on the proposals. If the measures are approved in the House, they would advance to the Republican-led Senate.

Opponents of the bills say they are part of a nationwide effort to whittle away at the Roe v. Wade federal court decision that makes abortion legal.