Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 8, 2013

Editorial: Demand a say on abortion bill

There is no more personal decision for a woman to make than whether to have an abortion. But now, anti-abortion activists want state government to intervene in that decision by forcing women to buy additional health insurance to pay for one.

That’s an extreme position that state residents, not abortion activists, should decide. A petition drive orchestrated by Michigan Right to Life has led to a bill that would alllow primary insurance plans to include abortion only to save a woman’s life, but not when her health is at risk or in cases of rape and incest. Employers and individuals could buy a rider to cover abortion services.

If approved by the House and Senate, the initiative would become law without having to be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, who has vetoed a similar effort. This is simply a manipulation to avoid a veto.

Call your representatives in Lansing and tell them you think this is a decision that should be on the November 2014 ballot for voters to decide.



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