Planned Parenthood http://michiganradio.org en Abortion rights advocates won’t attempt repeal of Right to Life-backed insurance rider law http://michiganradio.org/post/abortion-rights-advocates-won-t-attempt-repeal-right-life-backed-insurance-rider-law <p>A coalition of abortion rights advocates will not try to immediately repeal a Right to Life-backed state law that requires women to buy a separate health insurance rider to cover abortions.</p><p>“Our efforts and our resources are better spent on a broad strategy to address this growing frustration that is about more than just one issue in one discrete moment in time, but about the larger impact of politicians using women as target practice,” said Rana Elmir, Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:26:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16008 at http://michiganradio.org Abortion rights advocates won’t attempt repeal of Right to Life-backed insurance rider law State legislature adopts abortion insurance ban http://michiganradio.org/post/state-legislature-adopts-abortion-insurance-ban <p></p><p>It’s Thursday, the day we talk about Michigan politics with Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</p><p>The state legislature is wrapping up the session this week. On Wednesday, a controversial voter-initiated bill put forward by Right to Life was passed by the Republican majority House and Senate. The bill bans abortion coverage in standard insurance plans, which means Michiganders will have to purchase a separate additional rider if they want abortion covered as part of their insurance plan. This bill does not provide exceptions for rape or incest. It also does not provide an exception when the life of the mother is at risk. A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Snyder last year, but as a voter initiated bill, he doesn’t have that power this time around.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Jennifer White 15666 at http://michiganradio.org State legislature adopts abortion insurance ban Few abortions covered with insurance in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/few-abortions-covered-insurance-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - When lawmakers vote to restrict insurance coverage of abortions in Michigan, it will affect a small number of abortions because the vast majority already are paid for out of pocket.<br /><br />Health insurance covered fewer than 750, or 3 percent, of 23,000 abortions reported to the state last year.<br /> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:15:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15591 at http://michiganradio.org Few abortions covered with insurance in Michigan Proposal to make Michigan women buy separate health insurance for abortion coverage moving forward http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-make-michigan-women-buy-separate-health-insurance-abortion-coverage-moving-forward <p>A proposal to prohibit basic health insurance plans from covering abortions goes before the Board of State Canvassers tomorrow. &nbsp;&nbsp;Women would be able to buy separate abortion riders for their health insurance policies.</p><p></p><p>The Board is expected to certify that a petition drive has enough signatures to put the matter before the legislature.</p><p></p><p>Genevieve Marnon is with<a href="http://www.rtl.org/action_center/index.html"> Right to Life of Michigan.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; She says women should pay for abortion coverage themselves.</p><p></p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:03:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15482 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal to make Michigan women buy separate health insurance for abortion coverage moving forward Michigan House committee approves stricter abortion rules http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-committee-approves-stricter-abortion-rules-0 <p>A set of bills aiming to more strictly regulate abortion providers in Michigan is on the way to the state House floor after clearing committee by a wide margin.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Update 5:19 p.m. -From Michigan Radio&#39;s Rick Pluta:</b></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 16px; text-align: left; ">The measures are backed by the Catholic Church and by the anti-abortion group Right to Life. Ed Rivet of Right to Life says critics are&nbsp;mis-representing&nbsp;their motives. He says the purpose is to ensure women have safe facilities&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2">&ldquo;Every time we&rsquo;ve&nbsp; done this either women are going to die, or they&rsquo;re going to be denied access to abortion and neither of those is true,&quot; Rivet said. &quot;Those threats are always veiled, empty threats that never come true. The fact that 28 out of 32 abortion clinics in Michigan are not inspected or licensed is a fact.&rdquo;</p><p><b>3:55 p.m.</b></p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120607/POLITICS02/206070434/1361/State-House-panel-OKs-new-abortion-rules">The Detroit News reports</a> that&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(44, 44, 44); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; ">House Bills 5711-13 would make abortion providers follow new guidelines when handling the remains of aborted fetuses and require facilities where abortions are performed to seek the same licensing as surgery facilities, even if they only administer oral abortion medications. The bills would also make it a criminal act to coerce a woman into having an abortion.&nbsp;</span></p><p>From the News:</p><blockquote><p style="line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-align: left; ">In written testimony, the head of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan said the bills place &quot;burdensome requirements&quot; on women&#39;s health care clinics that only dispense oral abortion medication to upgrade their facilities to handle surgical abortions they do not perform.</p><p style="line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-align: left; ">&quot;Women rightfully don&#39;t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care or cancer treatments,&quot; said Lori Lamerand, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan. &quot;Politicians should not be involved in a woman&#39;s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p><em> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:55:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7803 at http://michiganradio.org