Anti-choice extremist groups in Michigan through a coordinated effort will soon start circulating petitions with the goal of banning private insurance providers from supplying health insurance plans that cover abortion. Women who decide to have abortion coverage would be required to purchase a separate abortion rider.
This radical initiative
would provide no exceptions for rape, incest, or women's health. Less
than 3 percent of Michigan's citizens could become the architects of
this law by providing 258,088 signatures gathered over 180 days. Once
the Michigan Legislature receives the completed petitions, this body
will have 40 days to approve them and then the initiative becomes law.
the Republican-dominated Legislature and Right to Life of Michigan
failed to bring this legislation to fruition. However, this alternative
strategy makes their objective much more achievable. This extreme,
anti-women's health initiative needs to be defeated. Michiganders have
it within their power to defeat this invasive and outrageous proposal by
simply declining to sign the petitions. A victory for anti-choice
extremist groups and legislators will strike another blow to women's