A federal appeals court ruled Michigan's attempt to ban partial-birth abortion unconstitutional:
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal said the Michigan Legislature would have been "virtually guaranteed" a favorable result on appeal had it copied an Ohio law that the 6th Circuit already has upheld.Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed the bill in 2004 and hundreds of thousands of voters signed petitions that allowed the bill to become law with only the approval of the House and Senate - both of which were controlled by Republicans at the time. This is Michigan's third attempt to ban partial birth abortion. Previous attempts were struck down by federal courts in 1997 and 2001.
"It instead opted to use statutory language that pushed almost every boundary that the Supreme Court has imposed for these types of laws," the judges said.
The 6th Circuit's decision is available here [pdf format].