Pro-Choice Groups Avert 'Vague' Michigan Abortion Ban, For Now
17 Mar 2005 23:02 GMT
Mar 17 - A lawsuit brought by reproductive rights organizations in Michigan succeeded Monday in temporarily blocking a legislated abortion ban, which had been scheduled to take affect at the end of the month. The bill has come under fire from abortion rights groups who contend that it could result in a "virtual ban on abortion" in Michigan. The Legal Birth Definition Act takes a different approach to banning abortions than most measures of its kind. Instead of seeking to outlaw a particular practice, the bill seeks to redefine a "legally born person," and then criminalizes practices that harm any embryo or fetus that is "born" as defined in the act.