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Senate sends Whitmer abortion health coverage bill to Whitmer

Rick Pluta

The state Senate gave final approval today to a bill that would prohibit discrimination against people who’ve had an abortion. As we hear from Rick Pluta, it’s part of plans to implement the abortion rights amendment to the state constitution.

The bill would add reproductive rights to Michigan’s civil rights law. For example, it would protect people who’ve had an abortion from on-the-job discrimination in hiring or promotions. The bill would also bar employer health plans that cover pregnancy care from refusing to cover abortion services. Democratic Senator Erika Geiss is the bill sponsor.

“We don’t do that for any other medical care and it shouldn’t be any different for people who need to seek out an abortion.”, said Geiss.

Every Republican voted “no,” arguing the bill would punish churches and faith groups that oppose abortion. The bill now goes to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her signature.