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Monday, December 04, 2006

Michigan: Illegal to break up with a pregnant girlfriend?

I didn't believe a blog that said that the Michigan House had passed a bill making it illegal to break up with a pregnant girlfriend, if one were doing so because one wanted her to get an abortion and she did not want the abortion. So, I started to read house bill 5882...The relevant part starts off with this:

(3) A person who has actual knowledge that a female individual is pregnant shall not do any of the following with the intent to compel a pregnant female to seek an abortion: a) Commit or attempt to commit an act proscribed under section 81, 81a, 83, 84, 86, or 411h against the pregnant female or a family or household member.

One cannot threaten a girlfriend or wife with violence if she is refusing to get an abortion (I don't think such a law should be on the books, because it ought to be illegal to make such threat of violence anyway). After this, it gets more egregious...

b) File or attempt to file for a divorce from the pregnant female.
c) Withdraw or attempt to withdraw financial support from the pregnant female that had previously been supplied or offered to the pregnant female.
d) Change or attempt to change an existing housing or cohabitation arrangement with the pregnant female.

That is pretty bad.


  • "Pretty bad" is a bit of an understatement. Sadly things here in New Zealand are just as bad, just in different ways.

    By Blogger Kane Bunce, at 5:13 PM  

  • Not to mention being a breach of rights.

    By Blogger Kane Bunce, at 5:53 PM  

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