A Michigan state legislator said abortions “should be painful” as she called for an end to certain procedures this week, according to a report.
Republican state Senator Kim LaSata made the comments Tuesday as she argued for a proposed ban on the dilation-and-evacuation procedure commonly used to end second-trimester pregnancies.
“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 said, according to Michigan Radio.
The procedure, which involves using suction and surgical tools to remove the fetus, accounts for 95 percent of abortions conducted after the first trimester, and creates the “fewest complications for women compared to alternative procedures,” according to the non-partisan Guttmacher Institute.
LaSata, 56, personally regrets an attempt years ago to end a pregnancy that resulted in a miscarriage, Michigan Radio reported.
The comments came as conservative state legislatures nationwide are taking up sweeping anti-abortion legislation in a bid to get the issue in front of the Supreme Court and challenge Roe v. Wade.
Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill effectively outlawing abortions by making them a class A felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison for any doctor who performs them. The state’s governor signed the bill the following day.
Last week, Georgia lawmakers outlawed abortions after six weeks of fetal gestation.
The Michigan bill passed both legislative houses there, but Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to veto the proposal.