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Michigan passes abortion law.

The latest attempt to ban the intact dilation and extraction procedure--called "partial birth abortion" by its critics--has become law in Michigan, but is likely to be challenged in court before it ever takes effect. The "Legal Birth Definition Act" defines birth and the beginning of legal rights as the time when any portion of the fetus has been delivered from the mother's body. The Michigan House and Senate voted in favor of the bill last month and it will become law without the governor's signature. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) had previously vetoed the bill, but was prevented from doing so this time because of a citizens' petition in favor of the legislation. NARAL Pro-Choice America says the criteria established in the law for the beginning of life are not recognized by the medical community and could be interpreted to apply to abortion during the early weeks of pregnancy. The law is slated to go into effect next spring, but groups such as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America plan to challenge the law in court.
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Title Annotation:Policy & Practice
Author:Schneider, Mary Ellen
Publication:OB GYN News
Date:Jul 15, 2004
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