6:41 am
Mon June 16, 2014

State Lawmakers Propose Contrasting Bills Related to Abortion

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Bill requiring separate health insurance rider for abortion was approved after petition drive lead by Right to Life of Michigan
State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, and state Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Monday to discuss a bill they've introduced which would repeal a bill passed last year that would require women to buy a separate rider on their health insurance coverage if they wanted abortion covered.
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.
12:19 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Abortion Rights supporters won't push for repeal of abortion rider law

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Opponents of law say they will put resources into "broader agenda"
LANSING - Abortion rights supporters won't pursue a petition drive to repeal a law enacted last year requiring women to purchase an additional rider to their insurance if they want coverage for an abortion. "The timing is a bit rough," said Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU's Michigan chapter.
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8:51 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Michigan Legislature approves bill requiring separate insurance for abortion

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A voter-initiated law that requires women to purchase a separate rider to have insurance coverage for abortion has been approved by both the Michigan House and Senate.

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7:37 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Michigan Legislature approves requiring additional insurance to cover abortion

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Law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns
The initiative passed by the Michigan Legislature would require most private and all public health insurance plans to offer a separate rider for an abortion. And a person would have to buy that rider before knowing if they needed an abortion.