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Abortion Coverage Dispute Continues

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Another ugly debate over abortion is unfolding at the state capitol where Right to Life wants to force women, who want abortion insurance, to pay for it. Most health plans now routinely cover the cost and the emotions are running high on whether to change that.@

Michigan Right to Life invited people to appear at a news conference urging lawmakers to eliminate automatic abortion insurance coverage for women. Each participant was conceived as a result of a rape.

Lawyer Rebecca Kiessling recounts that her mother was abducted by a serial rapist at knife point. "She tried to kill me in a couple of back allys, but back out because it was illegal. And now today, we are both thankful that we were both spared the horror of abortion. I'm not the worst thing that ever happened to it," said Kiessling.

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer has called this Right to Life bill "rape insurance" and while she applauds the decision those who attended the news conference, she believes this is just another attempt to deny women the right to choose.

"How many women can plan for an unplanned pregnancy?" said Whitmer. "By taking away that right and requiring an additional rider is another burden on the women's right to choose."

Anti-abortion citizens make a different point.

"We don't want to pay for someone else's abortion," said Mary Rathke, anti-abortion.

But pro-choice democrat Sen. Rebekah Warren says it's not about the money. "I want doctors and patients, in this case women, to decide what is the best course of treatment and I don't want money to be the difference between whether one can have a life saving or fertility saving procedure and the best choice for her and her family."

Right to Life believes it has the votes to pass this bill.

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