A controversial petition to allow MI insurance companies to opt out of paying for abortions

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) - A controversial abortion petition is circulating that could allow Michigan health insurance companies to opt out of covering abortion procedures.

The petition is backed by Right to Life of Michigan. The anti-abortion group wants legislators in Lansing to allow public and private insurance companies to opt out of covering abortions, but companies could offer an optional rider. 

The petition would make an exception in cases where the mother's life is at risk, but not for rape or incest.

Groups like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU say the petition is too extreme.

Right to Life of Michigan argues that people should not have to pay for other people's abortion.

Just over 258,000 signatures are needed to get the petition in front of the Michigan House and Senate. If the petition gets a majority from the legislature it will pass into law according to Right to Life and the ACLU. 

A petition does not need the governor's signature according to both sides. Governor Snyder vetoed a similar bill in 2012.

If the group gathers enough signatures and the petitions are approved by The Board of State Canvassers, the petition will go in front of the legislature. The legislature has 40 days to pass or reject the petition. The issue will only go to voters if the House and Senate reject the petition. The petition would then go on the ballot in November 2014. 

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