While Congress continues to argue over funding for Planned Parenthood, the debate about abortion rights is also playing out here in Michigan. We speak with President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan Lori Carpentier, and Genevieve Marnon, public affairs associate with Right to Life Michigan, to hear both sides of the issue.

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A new report from reproductive rights advocates says Michigan is doing poorly when it comes to protecting the health of women and children in the state. The study compared outcomes for women and children against abortion restrictions in every state. And they say that the states with the most abortion restrictions tend to score the lowest on health and well-being.


The new ‘Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act’ bans insurance companies from offering coverage for the procedure as a standard part of a policy. Persons wanting the coverage will need to purchase a separate “rider” for their policy.

The Legislature’s votes to enact a law to require people to buy separate insurance policies to cover abortions may not be the final word on the issue.

Legislature's stare down with Right to Life a rarity

Dec 11, 2013
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The state Legislature is in its final week of voting before it adjourns for the year. One of the big questions is whether lawmakers will cast votes on a controversial anti-abortion issue this year.

Abortion opponents have turned in more than 315,000 petition signatures calling on the Legislature to place new restrictions on health coverage.

Abortion foes in Michigan have been given the go-ahead to launch a petition drive.

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Any bill requiring a woman seeking an abortion to get a transvaginal ultrasound will not pass the state House.

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Health insurers would only be able to cover elective abortions through optional rider plans under legislation in the state Senate.

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A number of abortion-related bills that died last year are resurfacing in the state Legislature.

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed an overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan because the legislation would require insurance companies to offer separate coverage for abortions. But he signed new regulations on clinics that perform abortions that could force some of them to shut down.

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State lawmakers are a step closer to adding restrictions for abortion providers. 

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There was a demonstration Tuesday at the state Capitol as abortion rights advocates protested legislation up for a vote this week.

A state House committee has approved a sweeping new set of restrictions and requirements on abortion providers and women who want to end their pregnancies.

The state House approved a package of bills that creates punishments the use of threats or coercion to try to force a woman to have an abortion.