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An anti-abortion group says it’s dropping its effort to ask voters whether to ban an abortion procedure. Right to Life of Michigan said Tuesday that it won’t challenge the state Bureau of Elections, which concluded too many of the signatures the group submitted were duplicates or had other problems.

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Michigan's elections bureau says a group failed to collect enough petitions to put veto-proof legislation before the Republican-led Legislature that would prohibit a second-trimester abortion procedure known medically as "dilation and evacuation."

Monday's report was a blow to the Michigan Values Life committee. It submitted 380,000 signatures in December, 40,000 more than needed.

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Michigan will very likely ban a type of abortion procedure within the next few months.

It’s called dilation and evacuation. It makes up about 7% of abortions in Michigan each year. And it’s the most common type of abortion performed during the second trimester of pregnancy. 

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Republican leaders in the Legislature say they are ready to adopt a petition-initiated bill to place new restrictions on abortion. They’re waiting for state elections officials to certify that the signatures are valid. The initiative would outlaw the procedure known medically as dilation and evacuation.

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Right to Life of Michigan has submitted many thousands of petition signatures in an effort to adopt a state law to ban a medical procedure used to terminate pregnancies.

The procedure’s medical name is dilation and evacuation.

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Right to Life of Michigan has submitted what it says is enough signatures to move a proposed abortion ban on to state legislators, and the ACLU of Michigan says it’s already planning a court challenge.

The proposal would ban an abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, the most common method used during the second trimester of pregnancy.

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The anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan has wrapped up its petition drive and is getting ready to turn in its signatures.

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Democratic state lawmakers say all people need to be able to make independent decisions about their reproductive health.

House Democrats announced their plan for a so-called Michigan Reproductive Health Act on Tuesday. The package would, among other things, repeal abortion waiting periods, restrictions on telemedicine for abortions, and any regulations of abortion facilities that are not deemed medically necessary.

With abortion-rights activists playing defense from statehouses to the Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood is unveiling a new campaign push focused on the 2020 elections.

The organization is announcing its largest electoral effort yet — with plans to spend at least $45 million backing candidates in local, state and national races who support abortion rights.

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As the 2020 election draws closer, abortion is becoming a pressing issue in Michigan.

Two anti-abortion petition drives are underway in the state: one would ban the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D&E), and the other would ban abortions as soon as a cardiac activity can be detected.

ACLU of Michigan plans to fight anti-abortion measures

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The ACLU of Michigan is gearing up to fight measures that would take away or limit a woman's right to an abortion in Michigan.

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Abortion rights opponents reached the halfway point in a petition drive to ban dilation and evacuation, or D&E abortions.

Michigan Values Life includes Right to Life of Michigan and some churches. The group says it has collected more than 200,000 signatures toward its goal of 400,000. Officials say the count does not include signatures thought to be invalid.

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Abortion has moved to the forefront of national politics. Where lawmakers stand on the issue has become a litmus test when determining if someone is a Republican or Democrat.

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Abortion rights advocates are questioning the intent of a bill that would allow expectant parents in Michigan to claim a child tax deduction.

State Senator Tom Barrett’s (R-Potterville) bill would change the state’s tax code to allow a 12-week-old fetus to be eligible to be declared a dependent on state income tax forms.

He says Senate Bill 393 recognizes the expenses expectant parents rack up before their child is born.

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EMILY’s List is planning to spend $20 million in Michigan and other states with the goal of flipping or retaining state legislatures.

The D.C.-based national group is primarily focused on electing Democratic women who support legal access to abortion. EMILY’s List calls this level of spending “unprecedented,” and cites the Supreme Court’s recent decision to not block partisan gerrymandering as a factor.

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You may soon be asked to sign a petition to restrict abortion in Michigan.

Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET

Opponents of abortion rights have a long history of supporting abortion bans with three major exceptions: when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or when a woman's life is at risk.

But fueled by momentum from the passage of a restrictive abortion law in Alabama, a coalition of anti-abortion-rights groups released a letter Wednesday asking Republican officials to "reconsider decades-old talking points" on exceptions to such laws.

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Hundreds of people gathered in Ann Arbor on Wednesday to support abortion rights.

Similar rallies were held across the country. That's after Alabama passed a law last week that makes performing almost all abortions a felony.

Other states have recently adopted bills that ban abortion after six to eight weeks.

Cecile Richards is the former President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She told the crowd to vote against anti-abortion legislators, and  President Trump, in 2020.

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A Michigan group is launching a ballot drive to ban abortions after a fetus's heartbeat is detected, with exceptions to protect a pregnant woman's life or health.

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Today on Stateside, Right to Life of Michigan has a plan to work around Governor Whitmer's promised veto of controversial abortion bills recently passed by the state House and Senate. Plus, we talk to Joshua Johnson of NPR’s 1A, who’s been broadcasting from Michigan Radio this week.

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Today on Stateside, debate was heated as Republican state lawmakers passed bills banning an abortion procedure known as "dilation and evacuation." Plus, Michigan's next state superintendent talks about what he sees as the most pressing issues facing Michigan schools. 

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The anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan is working to bypass Governor Gretchen Whitmer's expected veto of controversial abortion legislation.

The state House and Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to ban a second trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

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Republicans in the state Legislature have set the stage for a showdown with Governor Gretchen Whitmer over bills to ban an abortion procedure.

Majorities in the House and the Senate adopted bills on Tuesday to ban the dilation-and-evacuation procedure. It is typically used in second-trimester abortions.

State Senator Kim LaSata (R-St. Joseph) says she regrets her attempt years ago to terminate a pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage.

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Legislation to ban a second-trimester abortion procedure is on its way to the full Michigan state House.

Tuesday, on a largely party-line vote, the House Judiciary committee approved two bills (HB 4320 & HB 4321) banning the medical procedure dilation and evacuation, also known as D&E.

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Controversial bills to ban a certain type of abortion procedure are scheduled for a state House committee hearing next week.

The bills (HB 4320 and 4321) would ban the “dilation and evacuation” or D-and-E procedure. The legislation has been moving steadily through the state House. That’s despite a likely veto by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Representative Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Township) is a bill sponsor. She said during a hearing that the state should ban the “dilation and evacuation” or D-and-E procedure because she says it’s barbaric.

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The fight over abortion rights has resumed in the state Legislature. A state House committee opened hearings Wednesday on legislation to ban the dilation-and-evacuation abortion procedure. Similar bills are up for a hearing Thursday before a state Senate committee.

The bills would call the procedure “dismemberment” abortion in state law, and make it illegal.

Republicans say this would be allowed under the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision, although similar laws have been blocked by federal courts in other states.

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Tuesday was a busy day for legislators in Lansing.

Lawmakers are pushing through bills at a breathtaking pace before the new Legislature, and Democratic leaders, take office in January. Protesters were also at the Capitol most of the day – they’re frustrated with controversial bills moving quickly through the Legislature.

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In 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that prevents women seeking abortions through medication to see their doctor via telecommunication. That law is set to expire at the end of December.

The state Senate passed a bill on Thursday that gets rid of the expiration date on the law.

Lori Carpentier is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Michigan. She says this could restrict women’s access to health care, and reduce access to earlier, safer abortions.

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