(Lansing, MI) – Legislation has been introduced in the Senate and the House by Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) and Representative Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center) that will provide care for infants who survive an abortion procedure. The bills have bi-partisan support in both the House and the Senate.
The legislation would require that any abortion conducted after the 19th week of pregnancy must be done in a facility that provides neonatal care. It would give babies showing signs of life following an abortion procedure a chance to live by assuring they have access to proper medical equipment.
Between 2000 and 2009, 44 babies in Michigan “showed signs of life” after an abortion procedure was conducted, according to information reported by the Department of Community Heath. While current statutes require that physicians attempt to save the life of any baby that survives an abortion procedure, there is currently no provision requiring any medical equipment be present to care for these babies.
“I am 100% opposed to any abortion, but when abortions are administered after 19 weeks the chance of the baby being born alive are much higher," said Hooker. “Federal and state statutes require physicians conducting abortions to try to save a baby's life if it is born alive. Requiring abortions beyond 19 weeks to be conducted in a hospital with a neonatal unit ensures that actual physicians and facilities will be on hand to try to save the baby when these situations occur."
“I cannot imagine how someone could leave an injured baby to suffer and die without providing the proper medical treatment,” Colbeck said. “These children deserve to be treated with compassion and dignity and every effort should be made to save their lives. To do any less would be inhumane.”
Colbeck’s Senate Bill 523 has 23 sponsors and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health Policy. Hooker’s House Bill 4715 has 32 sponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Health Policy.