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Michigan Proposal Bans Insurance Coverage of Abortion

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A citizen-led measure would prohibit Michigan health insurance plans from covering elective abortion unless individuals or businesses buy a supplemental policy.

A group called No Taxes for Abortion Insurance soon plans to start gathering signatures for the proposal. If the Republican-led Legislature doesn't approve the measure within 40 days of being certified, it goes on the November 2014 ballot.

Right to Life of Michigan is forcing the issue after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation in December.

The Republican governor has no problem putting abortion restrictions on health plans in a new government-sponsored insurance marketplace. But he objects to requiring optional abortion riders in private plans.

Snyder may not get a say this time. Initiated legislation is veto-proof. Michigan's election board is scheduled to consider the petition form next week.

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