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Proposal to make Michigan women buy separate health insurance for abortion coverage moving forward

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
The Board of State Canvassers will meet at the state capitol on Monday.

A proposal to prohibit basic health insurance plans from covering abortions goes before the Board of State Canvassers tomorrow.   Women would be able to buy separate abortion riders for their health insurance policies.

The Board is expected to certify that a petition drive has enough signatures to put the matter before the legislature.

Genevieve Marnon is withRight to Life of Michigan.   She says women should pay for abortion coverage themselves.

“If you want abortion coverage, buy it. If you don’t want it, don’t buy it,” says Marnon, “People don’t want to have to pay for other people’s abortions.”

The legislature approved a similar bill last year, but Governor Snyder vetoed it.

This time, the legislature can approve it without the governor having a say.

A Planned Parenthood spokesperson says the proposal is an “an unprecedented government overreach into the private marketplace.”

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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