Mich. governor approves new regulations for abortion clinics

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, December 28, 2012 23:37 EDT
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R). Photo: Flickr user Detroit Regional Chamber, creative commons licensed.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed into law new regulations for abortion clinics, reported Reuters, which Planned Parenthood claims threatens access to the procedure in the state.

Clinics that provide more than 120 abortions annually will now have to be licensed freestanding surgical outpatient facilities.

Synder argued, “This bill respects a woman’s right to choose while helping protect her health and safety, including making sure a pregnant person is not being coerced into a decision.”

“This bill was meant to ban abortion in Michigan, and it was pushed through in a lame-duck session by legislators who were voted out of office because of their extreme views on women’s health,” said president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Cecile Richards, in a statement.

The Center for Reproductive Rights claims many clinics may have to choose between tearing down and rebuilding facilities or simply closing altogether.

However, Snyder also vetoed a bill on Friday that would have restricted abortion coverage in employee insurance plans and would have required survivors of rape and incest to pay for an abortion themselves if they did not have separate abortion coverage in their insurance plan — a decision called “encouraging” by the Michigan ACLU’s communications director, Rana Elmir.

[Image: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) via Flickr user Detroit Regional Chamber, Creative Commons licensed]

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