Lawmakers may be gone from the Capitol until early September, but some are trying to keep the hot-button issue of abortion on the front burner.
Michigan physicians would be prohibited from performing an abortion on a pregnant woman if a mandatory ultrasound reveals a "fetal heartbeat" under legislation introduced this week in the state House.
Thursday was a particularly aggravating day for women in Michigan — it was the day something dubbed “rape insurance” became the law of the land.
The abortion rider insurance law goes into effect March 13 and seven of the state's insurance companies -- including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) -- will offer the optional coverage at a cost ranging from 1 cent to 32 cents a month.
A controversial initiative requiring women to buy additional insurance if they want abortion coverage in their health insurance plans passed the Legislature Wednesday afternoon and will take effect 90 days after lawmakers adjourn for the year.
State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer was raped 20 years ago.
State Rep. Colleen Lamonte had a difficult and painful miscarriage at 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The initiative that would require women to purchase optional riders in order to have insurance coverage for non-emergency abortions survived a fierce debate today and won the approval of the Legislature.
The Michigan Senate and House on Wednesday approved a voter-initiated law that would prohibit basic health insurance plans from covering abortions.
Right to Life supporters are turning up the volume on their calls for the Legislature to take up the abortion insurance initiative this week -- instead of in January.
If lawmakers vote to restrict insurance coverage of abortions in Michigan, it would affect a small number of abortions because the vast majority already are paid for out of pocket.