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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3:47 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

State legislation would require additional insurance for abortions

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A Republican state senator is sponsoring legislation that would only let health insurance companies pay for abortions if the individual purchases added coverage in advance.
The measure was included in legislation last year that sought to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder vetoed that bill because he thought the abortion language went too far. He said it's not the state's job to decide what kinds of plans insurance companies can offer.