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.