Mich. Petition Seeks To Ban Abortion Coverage

May 20, 2013 — A group called No Taxes for Abortion Insurance plans to gather signatures for a proposal that would ban health plans sold in Michigan from offering abortion coverage, the AP/Detroit Free Press reports (AP/Detroit Free Press, 5/17).

The proposal comes after Gov. Rick Snyder (R) in December vetoed insurance legislation (SB 1293, SB 1294) because it included a provision that barred health plans and employers from offering abortion coverage. Under that provision, women who wanted abortion coverage would have had to purchase it through a separate rider (Women's Health Policy Report, 2/25).

The new proposal also would require individuals or businesses seeking to purchase abortion coverage to buy supplemental policies.

Michigan's election board is scheduled to consider the petition this week. The Legislature would have 40 days to approve the measure once it is certified; if it fails to do so, the measure would be placed on the November 2014 ballot. If voters approve a ballot measure, the governor cannot override it (AP/Detroit Free Press, 5/17).