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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8:02 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Poll finds mixed results on social issues in state

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Poll shows opposition to proposed Michigan ballot questions limiting insurance coverage for abortion and legalizing gay marriage
Lansing- A majority of likely Michigan voters oppose efforts to require women to buy additional health insurance for abortion coverage and reject legalizing gay marriage, illustrating the complexity of social issues, according to a new statewide poll.
1:59 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Michigan abortion opponents circulate petitions

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If approved, the proposed law would not allow women to get abortion riders on their insurance policies after they become pregnant.
LANSING - Abortion opponents will embark on a petition drive to ensure that Michigan residents have to buy an optional rider on their health insurance to cover abortions. And unlike most petition drives, if they get at least 258,088 valid signatures, and the Legislature approves the issue, it will become law without a signature from Gov.
6:10 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Right to Life of Michigan backs petition drive to limit insurance coverage for abortion

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Issue could come before voters in November, 2014
LANSING, MI - Right to Life of Michigan is backing a new effort aimed at prohibiting health insurance policies from covering elective abortion unless additional coverage is bought through an optional rider. It's an issue related to the upcoming federal health insurance exchange and a veto late last year from Gov.
SW Michigan
4:45 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

House speaker nixes abortion ultrasound bill in Michigan

Ultrasound exam in Ashland, OH (file photo)
Credit The Associated Press

State House speaker Jase Bolger says his chamber will not approve any bill that would require women seeking an abortion to get trans-vaginal ultrasounds. The Marshall Republican’s announcement this afternoon followed national media attention to a bill introduced by another lawmaker that would require the exams. Similar proposals in other states have been very controversial.

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