On Wednesday, the Michigan Senate voted 25-11 to pass a pair of pro-life bills, HB 4787 and HB 4830, that would protect women from being coerced into having abortions.
One would make it a felony to stalk or assault a pregnant woman for the purpose of pressuring her into an abortion. The other would make it a misdemeanor to threaten to withhold legally-required financial aid or employment if she refuses to abort.
“Let’s send a strong message today to the pimps and the people out there human trafficking women that as they drag them across the parking lot,” Republican State Sen. Rick Jones declared in support of the reforms, that “they’re facing large fines and let’s consider sending them to prison, too.”
GOP Senator Judy Emmons added, “We’re dealing with an issue when someone is in a situation where they’ve been trafficked and forced to kill the child living within them — one of the most heinous things you can do to a victim and ultimately a survivor.”
During the House debate over the legislation in March, Republican state Rep. Amanda Price argues otherwise responded to claims the legislation was unnecessary by discussing personal accounts she had collected over the years of women pressured to abort by parents, bosses, college officials, and pimps.
Studies have concluded that up to 64 percent of abortions were coerced in some way.