A controversial anti-abortion Michigan bill that prompted Rep. Lisa Brown (D) to be banned from the house floor for saying the word “vagina” faces a vote in the state’s senate committee on Thursday.
The bill would implement a host of regulatory requirements for abortion providers, including special licensure, elaborate tissue disposal requirements, mandated screening for women seeking an abortion and a ban on remote counseling for taking medical abortion pills. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which opposes such regulations, said, “These excessive and unnecessary government regulations – an ever-growing trend among state legislatures – increase the cost and scarcity of abortion services, harming women’s health and inhibiting their reproductive choices.”
The bill was overwhelmingly passed in the Republican-led Michigan state house. A Republican majority also controls Michigan’s state senate, but it’s unlikely the entire senate will vote on the bill until after it returns from a recess on August 15, according to MLive.
Watch the interview with Brown, broadcast on CNN on June 21.
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