June 1, 2022
Did you know that the anything-goes abortion amendment would repeal Michigan’s informed consent laws and clinic licensing regulations?
We are entering week two of our “Did you know?” campaign. Just a reminder, this is a month-long campaign that will take place on our Facebook, Twitter, blog, and here. Each week we will release a new set of laws that the RFFA anything-goes abortion amendment will impact if enough signatures are collected and Michiganders vote for it on the November ballot.
This week, we are focusing on laws that protect women’s health and safety. These laws include informed consent and clinic licensing regulations and are in danger if the anything-goes abortion amendment continues to collect signatures and gain support.
The first law is Informed Consent. Informed consent is an umbrella of several different laws that are widely supported by the public. The Abortion Industry has opposed informed consent laws and claims they aren’t acceptable clinical standards of practice.
Informed Consent laws include:
- A 24-hour waiting period for women to reflect on their choice and to ensure they have time to read the information provided by the physician.
- Coercive Abortion Prevention Act: Abortionists are required to screen women for coercion to have an abortion. The Abortion Industry tends to follow the “no questions asked” policy which protects rapists and human traffickers.
- Ultrasound Viewing Option: Abortionists are required to give women the option to see their ultrasounds. This falls under basic medical ethics which allows patients to see their own test and scan results.
- Abortion facilities are required to give women information about the abortion procedure and basic facts about the baby’s development. This includes the risks of the procedure; just as patients are given information on, for example, wisdom teeth extraction. Women are also given alternatives to abortion like adoption.
Most of these Informed Consent laws were signed into law in 1993 by Governor Engler but were blocked by abortion facility owners until September 15, 1999, when they finally went into effect. The Ultrasound Viewing Option was signed into law in 2006 by Governor Granholm and the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act was signed into law in 2016 by Governor Synder.
The second set of laws that will be repealed by the RFFA amendment are the clinic licensing laws. The Abortion Clinic Regulations of 1999 was a three-package bill that included:
- Clinic Regulation Act
- Abortion Reporting Law
- Abortion Injury Reporting Act
Michigan’s abortion facility licensing laws were significantly updated in 2012, leading to several abortion facilities closing because they couldn’t meet basic health and safety standards. The update simply required abortion facilities to meet the standards that other outpatient facilities routinely follow.
To help you understand how important clinic licensing laws are for the general safety of women and the public, consider the Muskegon abortion facility. The Muskegon facility closed in December 2012 after the fire marshal found fire code issues. The reason for the facility closing was a shock for the public who didn’t know that the facility used rusty medical equipment and blood-stained patient rooms.
The Kalamazoo Planned Parenthood is also an example of why abortion facilities need regulation. Cree Erwins died in 2016 following a botched abortion. The anything-goes abortion amendment is trying to eliminate all safeguards so that someone who performed a botched abortion or committed malpractice could not be prosecuted or even investigated.
Innocent lives are hanging on the whim of the radical pro-aborts in Michigan who don’t just want to legalize abortion, they want unlimited and unrestricted abortion anywhere, anytime, and anyway.
This wraps up week two of our “Did you know?” campaign. Please don’t stop talking about this. Share our Facebook and Twitter posts to let your friends and family know. Next week we will be discussing laws that prevent taxpayer funding for abortions.