Michigan Senate Passes Gigantic Monster Anti-Choice BillKatie J.M. Baker12/12/12 5:30pmFiled to: Roe v worldHb 5711MichiganConscience objection billReligious Liberty and Conscience Protection ActtweetAppicugh134EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink The Michigan Senate just voted to pass HB 5711 — one of the country's most extreme and wide-reaching anti-choice measures, which is really saying a lot — by a 27-10 vote, with immediate effect. They added some revisions, which means the bill has to return to the House (which will probably approve it quicker than you can say "transvaginal ultrasound") before it's ready for Governor Rick Snyder's signature.Remember that time Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum dared utter the word "vagina" during a debate about vaginas and were thus barred by House leadership? All that hullabaloo was about this 45-page bill, which would, among other restrictions, ban the use of telemedicine abortions — crucial for women who live in rural, under-served areas — and impose a bevy of unnecessary physical plant requirements on abortion providers, including minimum doorway sizes and minimum square footage (because every self-respecting patient cares about the spaciousness of her doctor's office) that could shut down almost every clinic in the state.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.