On Tuesday, Michigan state Senator Kim LaSata (R) applauded anti-abortion legislation banning dilation-and-evacuation procedures, claiming that abortions “should be painful” for women, The Hill reports.
“Of course it should be hard, and the procedure should be painful, and you should allow God to take over, and you should deliver that baby, and you should handle the situation,” said LaSata, one of the bill’s sponsors.
She reportedly made the comments while discussing her intention to terminate a pregnancy in the past, but she ended up having a miscarriage.
The dilation-and-evacuation procedure entails a physician dilating the cervix of the patient before utilizing vacuum aspiration and surgically removing tissue from the uterus. Dilation-and-evacuation is "medically preferred because it results in the fewest complications for women compared to alternative procedures," the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes.
LaSata’s office did not respond to The Hill’s requests for further comment.
On Tuesday, both chambers of the Republican-led Michigan legislature voted along party lines to pass their own versions of the anti-legislation bill. The measures add more restrictions to Michigan’s partial-birth abortion ban, and doctors who perform the procedure on patients would be punishable with a $50,000 fine, an uwards of two years in prison, or both.
The Senate and House must pass each other’s versions of the bill before either of them can reach the desk of Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D), who has promised to veto the legislation.
“I think that these are decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor,” Whitmer said. “I’ve always supported a woman’s autonomy and freedom to make her own choices, and that should be no surprise to anyone in this town.”