Separate abortion insurance proposal heads to Michigan Legislature

Dec. 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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LANSING, Mich., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A controversial petition, requiring Michigan women to purchase additional insurance if they choose to have abortion coverage, will go to the state Legislature.

The state Board of Canvassers certified the petition Monday. A majority of Michigan House and Senate member signed the petition, which has a good chance of being enacted into law, the Detroit Free Press reported.

If the proposal becomes law, it would require health insurance plans in the state to offer a separate, extra-cost rider for an abortion, to be purchased prior to a customer's knowledge she may ever want or need an abortion.

Eight other states have policies prohibiting insurance plans from including abortion coverage in healthcare policies and 15 others prohibit the coverage in insurance available through the Affordable Care Act, the Guttmacher Institute, an agency tracking women's health policy, said.

The issue will move to the Legislature, which could enact law this week, with or without the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder. The Republican governor has vetoed similar legislation in the past.

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