rape http://michiganradio.org en Starting Friday, basic insurance policies in Michigan are barred from covering abortions http://michiganradio.org/post/starting-friday-basic-insurance-policies-michigan-are-barred-covering-abortions <p>Michigan’s law barring insurance companies from including abortion coverage in basic policies takes effect this week.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7 insurance companies, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, will offer an additional rider.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16781 at http://michiganradio.org Attorneys hope for new trial for Michigan man convicted of 1996 murder http://michiganradio.org/post/attorneys-hope-new-trial-michigan-man-convicted-1996-murder <p>Attorneys today&nbsp;will ask for a new trial for a man convicted of a 1996 rape and murder in Kalkaska.</p><p>They say new evidence raises serious doubts about the man’s guilt.</p><p>Jamie Lee Peterson is serving a life sentence for the 1996 murder of Geraldine Montgomery. He did confess to the crime, but he later recanted.</p><p>Last year, authorities arrested another man after DNA evidence connected him to the crime.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16316 at http://michiganradio.org Attorneys hope for new trial for Michigan man convicted of 1996 murder How will Michigan's new abortion law work? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-michigans-new-abortion-law-work <p>On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide – women's reproductive rights remain in the political spotlight.</p><p>Let's turn our attention to that subject here in Michigan. It was mid-December when state lawmakers approved a controversial law requiring consumers to buy separate policies for abortion coverage.</p><p>This means a person has to buy a rider before knowing they need an abortion; they would not be able to buy a rider after getting pregnant. And the law does not include exceptions for rape or incest.</p><p>The law goes into effect in March, and there’s confusion over just how this is supposed to work.</p><p>Marianne Udow Phillips is director of The&nbsp;Center for&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Healthcare Research &amp; Transformation at the University of Michigan. She talks to us today and explains what the new law means.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:28:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16137 at http://michiganradio.org How will Michigan's new abortion law work? New blood test can determine paternity before birth http://michiganradio.org/post/new-blood-test-can-determine-paternity-birth <p>Pregnant women in Michigan can now use a simple blood test to identify the father of their unborn child.<br><br>Three labs across the state now offer the noninvasive prenatal paternity test. The Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing sites are part of the ArcPoint Franchise Group.<br><br>With only a blood sample from the mother and a cheek swab from the potential father, paternity can be determined as early as five weeks after conception.</p><p>At that time, the pregnant woman's blood starts carrying fragments of the fetus' DNA.</p><p>The labs send the mother's blood samples and potential father's cheek swab to <a href="http://www.ravgen.com/index.php?page=prenatal-dna-paternity-test-2">a different lab</a> in Columbia, Md., where technicians compare genetic markers to determine paternity. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:39:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10228 at http://michiganradio.org New blood test can determine paternity before birth Michigan Supreme Court rejects claim jury was not impartial in Kent County rape case http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-rejects-claim-jury-was-not-impartial-kent-county-rape-case <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of a Kent County man who claimed he was denied a fair trial because of the racial makeup of his jury.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:26:16 +0000 Steve Carmody 8080 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court rejects claim jury was not impartial in Kent County rape case