Senate OKs Abortion Insurance Bill; House Next

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has passed a bill banning almost all abortion coverage from health insurance plans unless an additional policy is bought.

Once the House approves the Right to Life-backed initiative later Wednesday, it becomes law without Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's signature. He vetoed similar legislation last year ago but has no power to do so this time.

Employers and individuals would have to buy extra insurance to cover almost all abortions. Their primary plan wouldn't apply in cases of rape or incest and only if an abortion is needed to save the woman's life.

Of roughly 23,000 reported abortions in Michigan last year, health insurance covered about 3 percent. Democrats call it the "rape insurance" bill.


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