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.