Hundred of protesters turned out to the Michigan legislature today to combat one of the worst anti-abortion bills being considered in any state. Women and men wearing pink covered the statehouse lawn and spilled over the balconies of the Michigan House as legislators prepared to take up Michigan’s extensive abortion ban that would, among many other provisions, ban abortion beyond 20 weeks without any exemption for rape or incest. The ban has passed out of committee and is expected to be approved by the House. As pro-choice legislators took the floor, people on the balconies screamed and applauded with support:
— Progress Michigan (@ProgressMich) June 12, 2012
— PlannedParenthoodMI (@mippadvocates) June 12, 2012
Planned Parenthood of Michigan is estimating 500 people turned out to today’s protests.
The state House did not discuss the anti-abortion bills today, but they are expected to vote on it by the end of the week. Even if House lawmakers pass the bill this week, the Michigan Senate most likely will not consider the measures until September.