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Proposal Blocks Insurance Coverage for Abortions

Posted: 7:16 PM May 21, 2013
Reporter: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's election board on Wednesday is expected to consider a petition form for a proposal that would prohibit Michigan health insurance plans for covering elective abortions unless individuals or businesses buy a supplemental policy.

The State Board of Canvassers could decide whether the petition form started by a group called No Taxes for Abortion Insurance complies with state law.

If approved Wednesday, the group will need to collect more than 250,000 valid signatures by next spring. The Legislature could then approve or reject the proposal within 40 days or it goes on the ballot.

Right to Life of Michigan is forcing the issue after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation in December because he objects to requiring optional abortion riders in private plans. Legislation initiated by voters is veto-proof.
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