The bills target what anti-choice groups call “dismemberment abortions,” which are actually dilation and evacuation (D and E) procedures. D and E is a common procedure in which a physician dilates a woman’s cervix and removes the fetus using forceps, clamps, or other instruments.
Supporters claim that the measure will protect women from being forced into terminating a pregnancy, while opponents say the language of the bill is too vague and will promulgate myths about abortion.
While the controversial new law, which went into effect Thursday, allows insurance companies to offer abortion coverage as an optional rider, it turns out that no companies will offer those riders on the individual market.
Right to Life of Michigan’s “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act,” which would prevent both private and public health insurance plans from covering “elective” abortions, could pass with a simple legislative majority and no gubernatorial veto, despite a majority of state voters opposing it.
Right to Life of Michigan’s federal lawsuit adds to a pile of recent court cases challenging whether corporations can refuse to provide employees contraception coverage in employer-sponsored health insurance plans on moral grounds.
An effort spearheaded by Right to Life of Michigan would require everyone in the state who wants insurance coverage of abortion care to purchase a separate rider. The initiative is proving unpopular with many state residents.
Time Magazine recently said, abortion-rights activists won a victory 40 years ago with the Roe v. Wade decision, and have been losing ever since. What they didn’t say is that 2012 is the year we TOOK A STAND, organized via social media, and used it to STOP this madness!
Anti-choice groups have been eager to flex their political muscle during the 2010 elections. This summer, we should be able to learn how effective that muscle really is.
A controversial bill that criminalizes the performance of certain abortion procedures and that faces a veto by Gov. Jennifer Granholm remains in the Michigan House one week after its passage.