May 27, 2005 – Civil liberties and pro-choice advocates are decrying an explicitly anti-abortion measure passed in Michigan's House Tuesday, saying it amounts to lawmakers interfering in physiciansâ€™ treatment of patients.
House Bill 4446, which passed by a vote of 69 to 37, would force medical clinics to offer women considering abortion an opportunity to view an ultrasound image of the fetus.
State Representative Dave Robertson, a Republican, told the Associated Press that the bill would complement Michigan's current informed consent law that requires a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.
Shelli Weisberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan said the measure inserts lawmakers into a medical decision that "should be between a woman and her doctor."
Planned Parenthood of Michigan also opposes the measure, which now goes to the state Senate for a vote.