GOP Michigan state lawmaker praises bill banning abortion, says 'procedure should be painful'

GOP Michigan state lawmaker praises bill banning abortion, says 'procedure should be painful'

Michigan state Sen. Kim LaSata (R) on Tuesday praised legislation banning an abortion procedure known as dilation-and-evacuation saying that the procedure "should be painful" for women. 

“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,” LaSata, a sponsor of one of the bills, said while discussing the measure, according to Michigan Radio

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LaSata reportedly made the remarks while talking about an attempt she made to terminate a pregnancy before she ultimately had a miscarriage.

LaSata's office did not immediately respond to a request for further comment from The Hill. 

The Michigan House and Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to prohibit an abortion procedure that is commonly used in second-trimester abortions.

The procedure involves a physician dilating a woman's cervix, as well as vacuum aspiration and surgical removal tissue from the uterus, The Detroit News reported. The procedure is "medically preferred because it results in the fewest complications for women compared to alternative procedures," according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

If it becomes law, the measure would expand the state's partial-birth abortion ban. Physicians who perform the surgical procedure would face a maximum two-year prison sentence, a $50,000 fine or both. Women would reportedly be allowed to receive the procedure if their life is in danger.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has vowed to veto the legislation if it reaches her desk. The Senate and House versions of the bill must pass in the opposite chamber before they can reach Whitmer.  

“I think that these are decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor,” Whitmer said after the Senate vote, according to MLive.com. “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.”

The Michigan State Medical Society has come out against the measure, calling it a form of "interference that would hinder physician discretion to act within the standards of good medical practice and the best interest of the patient," The Detroit News noted. 

The comments come as Republican majorities in other state legislatures have proposed or adopted similar legislation seeking to ban abortion. GOP lawmakers across state legislatures hope the Supreme Court will eventually have to take up a case challenging the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally.