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Michigan Politicians Launch New Legislative Attacks on Choice

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While all eyes were focused on the fight over collective bargaining, the Michigan legislature decided that attacking choice was their next big agenda item.

These measures could make it much harder for Michigan women to get abortion care in their state. Women who live in rural areas and lower-income women will be hardest hit if these bills become law.

Anti-choice lawmakers are pushing the following bad ideas:

  • Three bills that would ban insurance coverage of abortion by all health plans sold in the state of Michigan, including private insurance plans women purchase with their own money--with no exceptions for rape or incest;
  • A bill that would allow hospitals to refuse to provide or pay for medical services to which they object--which threatens the availability of birth control and abortion services; and
  • A bill that would place unnecessary and burdensome requirements on doctors and clinics that provide abortion, and would also ban abortion care via telemedicine--a restriction that would especially hurt women in Michigan's rural areas.

Fortunately, the media is starting to the story. Earlier this week, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, spoke with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC's "Politics Nation" about the anti-choice attacks.

There is no question that these anti-choice measures are bad for women.

These bills are completely out of touch with Americans' priorities. It will be up to anti-choice Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to decide whether he will stand with women and protect their right to choose, or let politicians dismantle a woman's right to safe, legal abortion care.

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