Abortion ‘Coercion’ Would Carry Criminal Penalties Under Michigan Law

Coercing someone to have an abortion would carry criminal penalties under bills approved by the Michigan state Senate on Thursday.

In typical right-wing “one size fits all” hardline fashion, the bill would propose that it result in criminal penalties under Senate Bills 1156 and 1157.

Republican state Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, says more needs to be done to prevent coerced abortion.

“The decision is taken from them. They are forced into it,” she said.

Democrats say the bills do not clearly define what “coercion” means.

“This lack of clarity stands to have a number of unintended consequences for women, their health care providers, and their families as they work through what are already very difficult decisions,” said Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor. The legislation now goes to the state House.