October 13, 2011 — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday signed a bill (SB 160) into law that prohibits a procedure opponents call "partial-birth" abortion, mirroring a similar federal law, AP/WDIV reports. Opponents of the law said a similar federal law makes the state law unnecessary, but supporters argued that a state statute would facilitate prosecutions and is important in case the federal law changes.
According to AP/WDIV, some opponents of the state measure have indicated that it could be a target for legal challenge. Similar bans were vetoed by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) in 2004 and 2008. Granholm's veto in 2004 was overturned after thousands of voters signed petitions to allow the bill to become law with the approval of only the state Legislature. However, federal courts declared the ban unconstitutional because it could have prohibited a large number of non-targeted abortion procedures (AP/WDIV, 10/11).
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