Safer clinics guaranteed by law

Safer clinics guaranteed by law

LANSING— State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, announced on Thursday that Gov. Rick Snyder signed a series of bills that establish new health and safety standards for abortion clinics.

This package of legislation went through the Senate Judiciary Committee and Jones worked to help pass it.

"These changes are common sense and needed badly.  We license tattoo parlors, dentist offices, and even used car lots,” said Jones.  “Certainly we should license an abortion clinic.” 

Under the omnibus package:

  • Any abortion clinic in Michigan will be licensed, inspected and clean.  A recent poll showed that 87 percent of women in Michigan wanted this change.                                                                                                               
  • All aborted babies must be cared for in the proper manner. Last year, 17 aborted babies were found in a common garbage dumpster outside of an abortion clinic in Delta Township.  This new law will ensure that a medical cremation takes place.
  • Requires that a doctor or clinic professional ask all patients if they were coerced or forced by violence or threat of violence to have an abortion.  Groups which seek to prevent domestic violence were in favor of this change.

“During testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee, we heard stories of unclean exam rooms in clinics, a woman bleeding to death because proper care was not available,” Jones said. “Last year, instead of being cremated, 17 aborted babies were thrown in a garbage dumpster in Delta Township.

“No woman should be threatened with violence to force her into abortion.  This is a pro-woman law,” added Jones.