Right to Life files abortion coverage petitions

BY RICK PLUTA
Michigan Public Radio Network

Abortion opponents have turned in more than 315,000 petition signatures calling on the Legislature to place new restrictions on health coverage. The new law would require consumers to buy separate coverage for abortions.

Abortion opponents said they want to make sure that abortion coverage is not automatic when people buy insurance under the new federal healthcare law. The petition-initiated law would require consumers to buy a separate rider for abortion coverage. The Legislature is expected to adopt the measure instead of allowing it to the ballot.

Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a similar provision that was sent him last year by the Legislature, and he said he doesn’t regret it.

“Because it didn’t identify in terms of rape, incest kind of issues appropriately,” Snyder said.

A law initiated by a petition drive cannot be vetoed by the governor.

The question will go to the Legislature once the signatures are certified by a state board. This is the fourth time abortion foes used the petition process to enact a law.

Copyright 2013, MPRN

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