Michigan Law is undergoing close examinations in light of the newly uncovered abortion clinic mishap late October, 2010. Citizens for a Pro Life Society, one of Michigan's prominent pro-life activist groups, have made claim that they discovered upwards of 17 human fetus', along with various medical records, patient information, and medical waste, in dumpsters just outside of Women's Choice Clinic in Delta Township, MI. In light of this discovery, its sister clinics were investigated by state police; each proceeded to contain parallel hazardous waste. Medical information and surplus lingered in dumpsters just outside of each clinic.
In a press conference in Lansing on October 27th, 2010, a Citizens for a Pro Life Society representative noted that not only were the fetus' found and easily accessible, they were contained in plastic bags clearly labeled with the mother's name and date of procedure. Law reform for disposal of human fetus' has become the hot issue. Lawmakers want to put an end to disposal of human fetus' in dumpsters. Representative Rick Jones has become a key player in Michigan abortion legislation reform. After investigating various abortion clinics statewide and an investigation by the Eaton County Prosecutor's Office and the Michigan Attorney General's Office, it was determined the disposal of the fetuses was in technical compliance with current Michigan laws. Thus, no criminal charges have been made; clinics have refused to comment on the issue.
Rick Jones, Representative Joe Haveman, and Representative Bob Genetski, have banded together to sponsor a set of reformation bills. These bills propose that clinics would need to dispose of fetuses by burial, cremation or by donating them to science. Parents would be allowed to choose an option, but clinics would not be required to ask. Violation of the law could be punishable by up to three years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Rick Jones comments, "Medical cremation is the proper thing to do to ensure that there is no possibility of any disease spread and any illness caused by this careless, hazardous disposal." Jones plans to reintroduce the bills proceeding the lame duck session in January 2011.
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Jocelyn Cutean serves as Morality and Family policy correspondent for the Michigan Policy Network. She is a first-year student at Michigan State, majoring in Theatre and English. Jocelyn has experience working on the executive board of the Waterford Chapter Coalition for Youth. She has also piloted a grant funded city wide public service announcement entitled, "It Just Wasn't Worth It" which exposes the repercussions of driving while intoxicated. Jocelyn enjoys art of all forms, from writing to performance.