Zorn supports bill to ban dismemberment abortion procedure

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday supported Senate passage of legislation to ban dismemberment abortions in the state.

“All life is worthy of protection, including the unborn, and Michigan has long stood up for human life,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “These measures would prohibit the gruesome practice known as dismemberment abortion — in which a growing baby is killed and removed from the womb in pieces.”

Senate Bills 229 and 230 would expand Michigan’s existing partial-birth abortion ban to stop doctors from the dismemberment abortion procedure.

The bills include an exemption to protect the life of the mother and would punish the person performing the dismemberment abortion, not a woman seeking or obtaining it.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in 2017 the dismemberment procedure accounted for 1,777 abortions reported in Michigan that year, including more than 80 percent of late-term abortions.

“Each aborted baby is an innocent life lost,” Zorn said. “Ending dismemberment abortions in our state would help uphold the value of human life and the values of the Michigan people.”

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.