Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 21, 2014

Senate candidate presses Land on abortion insurance law

LANSING (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters on Thursday pressed Republican Terri Lynn Land on Michigan’s new abortion insurance law, saying she should come out of her “bunker” and say if she supports it.

The third-term congressman, bristling over an anti-abortion group’s claim this week that he wants to make sure abortion is accessible and “cheap” for his daughters, also called on Land to denounce the statement on Right to Life of Michigan’s website, which he said crossed the line.

The law took effect last week and requires residents or businesses that want insurance coverage for abortions to buy extra coverage in advance, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Land, a former secretary of state who was not involved in passing the measure, has been endorsed by Right to Life, which pushed for successful passage of the law with a citizens’ initiative in the Republican-led Legislature after GOP Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation.

“The implication that women are seeking cheap abortions to me is insulting not just to me and my teenage daughters, but I think to all women in this state,” Peters told reporters during a campaign event in Lansing. “These are intensely personal, intensely difficult decisions that women make with their families, with their own physicians, particularly when pregnancies go bad and you need to have medical procedures to get through an incredibly emotional experience.”

Land’s spokeswoman, Heather Swift, declined to outline Land’s position on the law. Instead, Swift blamed Peters for voting for the federal health care law and allowing “women to lose their doctors.”

“This is just another D.C. male politician trying to lecture women, and maybe Gary Peters is used to that in Washington, but here in Michigan it doesn’t fly,” Swift said in a statement.

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