Urghhhhh. Fancy meeting you here, HB5711. No big surprise, as it had already been predicted that this would come to pass, but yesterday Gov. Rick Snyder signed a severe abortion bill passed by the Michigan House earlier this month, which involves an OCD-level regulation of abortion facilities (e.g., if a clinic's doorways aren't wide enough, the state can shut them down), the mandatory screening of all women to determine whether or not someone was forcing them to get an abortion, banning telemedicine to prescribe first-trimester medication abortions and regulating disposal of the fetus. "To be screened for coercion is a reasonable thing," Snyder told The Detroit News. "It is really a question of women's health and safety."

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, doesn't agree, saying using safety as an excuse to pass restrictive laws is bullshit: "This bill was meant to ban abortion in Michigan, and it was pushed through in a lame-duck session by legislators who were voted out of office because of their extreme views on women's health."


On the bright side (okay, maybe just on the slightly less dim side), yesterday Snyder vetoed an additional bill that would have dictated what kinds of coverage a private insurance company can offer re: abortions; it would have led to rape or incest victims paying for an abortion procedure out of pocket. "I don't believe it is appropriate to tell a woman who becomes pregnant due to a rape that she needed to select elective insurance coverage," he said. "And as a practical matter, I believe this type of policy is an overreach of government into the private market... it just went too far."

Yeah, bro. You just keep "doing you." Go right ahead and lay down those arbitrary boundaries.

'Governor signs new law for abortion clinics in Michigan' [Yahoo! News]