[P]artial-birth abortion has been illegal under federal law for years. Congress passed a ban 8 years ago that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007.

There have been no legal partial birth abortions in Michigan or anywhere else since that time. So … why are the legislators wasting time doing this, in a state with so many other problems? …

By the way, despite what I said, so-called partial-birth abortions are still legal under both this and federal law if that were necessary to save the life of the mother. And neither this ban, nor the federal ban, is saving any fetuses from abortion.

What I am going to tell you isn’t for the squeamish, but is true. A Boston Globe story reported that in cases that formerly might have been a candidate for this procedure, doctors now do one of two things. They first give the fetus an injection in the heart, killing it, or, in some cases, they break its neck in the birth canal, then extract it.

These procedures are apparently fully legal, according to the Supreme Court ruling.

Whatever your feelings about abortion, it seems to be that State Rep. Lisa Brown… had the most rational thing to say about what her fellow lawmakers did yesterday:

“Why are we wasting our time on this when unemployment is higher now – over 11% – than when we took the oath of office? How does this legislation move Michigan forward and lead us to economic recovery?” she asked.

Lisa Brown knows the answer. It doesn’t, one bit. But creating jobs and fixing the economy is hard. Passing a law banning something that is already illegal is easy, and painless.

~ Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio, September 22

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