Michigan state Sen. Kim LaSata (R) on Tuesday praised legislation banning the dilation-and-evacuation abortion practice, a common procedure considered safer for women, 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.
LaSata reportedly made the controversial remarks while talking about an attempt she made to terminate a pregnancy before she ultimately had a miscarriage.
The Hill adds:
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 is signed 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.