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Michigan Bill Would Force Offer of Ultrasounds to Abortion Patients

by Dave Reynolds

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 physicians’ treatment of patients.

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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.

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