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Move Begins To Repeal Abortion Insurance Law

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(WLNS) - Supporters of women's rights are urging lawmakers to repeal a law that forces women to purchase abortion insurance. They claim the Right to Life backed law is causing confusion in the health care community. 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick with the story.

Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the law so Michigan right to life went around the governor and got the legislature to pass a law ending automatic abortion insurance coverage for women.

These pro choice advocates want to repeal the law that forces women to purchase an abortion rider which this doctor contends has caused anxiety in the physician community and impacted the health care of women with problem pregnancies.

"It can cause delays in care. it can cause a referral. these patients often have bleeding and risk for infection and that can cause fertility problems," says Dr. Tim Johnson of the UM Hospital.

And he adds there is confusion on who is going to pay for these procedures.

This women faced a difficult pregnancy that was terminated because of brain damage to the fetus...all this happened before the new law was enacted.

"I don't know what that would have felt like and im so thankful that we didn't have that added cost. it was already an awful time to being with," says Jennifer Lane commenting on her problem pregnancy.

6 News tried to contact backers of the law but none of them were in town.

This Democrat is critical of the GOP controlled legislature when it comes to womens issues.

"I think when you look at the track record of the republicans, its hard not to lump them into a gross misunderstanding of women in the state of Michigan," says State Rep. Sarah Roberts.

Ms. Roberts concedes however a repeal of the law is unlikely unless the public pressures lawmakers to do it.


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