Michigan abortion restrictions

8:24 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Rolling Stone article on abortion examines changes in Michigan, other states

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Democratic State Senator Gretchen Whitmer and former Republican lawmakers Joe Schwarz and Shirley Johnson quoted in article
On the morning of December 11th, Gretchen Whitmer, the charismatic 42-year-old minority leader of the Michigan Senate, stood before her colleagues in the Statehouse in Lansing, and told them something she'd told almost no one before. "Over 20 years ago, I was a victim of rape," she said.
SW Michigan
1:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Right to Life turns in anti-abortion petitions

Michigan State Capitol building
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

A Michigan anti-abortion group says it has turned in more than 315,000 petition signatures. The Gongwer News Service says the initiative my Right to Life is aimed at preventing employers from offering abortion coverage in their health plans. Employees would be forced to by a rider to their policy at extra cost.

Supporters of the measure need 258,088 valid signatures to put the measure before lawmakers.

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6:21 am
Mon February 11, 2013

More battles over abortion at state Capitol

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Bill requiring vaginal ultrasound before abortion is off the table, but several other measures have been introduced
The continuing battle over abortion legislation that has waged loudly in Lansing last year is shaping up as another front-burner issue in the Capitol this year. At least six bills regarding abortion have already been introduced. Some are retreads of measures brought up last year that either didn't make it through the Legislature or were vetoed by Gov.
7:53 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Lawmakers pass flurry of legislation in marathon session

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State House and Senate did not adjourn until 4:30a.m.
Lansing - Michigan's 96th Legislature ended its term with a marathon bill passing spree that stretched into early Friday and sent Gov. Rick Snyder dozens of measures, including a new emergency manager law, a long-awaited Detroit lighting authority bill, abortion clinic restrictions, recall reforms and tax breaks for businesses.