Broad abortion legislation would increase requirements for doctors, insurance
Bills that would raise insurance requirements and increase regulations for some doctors performing abortions passed the Michigan House Health Policy Committee Thursday and now move to the House floor.
The proposed legislation is similar to bills that have been recently sponsored at the state level, according to a MLive.com story.
The bills affect practice licensing, insurance requirements for doctors and use of the RU-486 pill. Proponents of the bills state they would protect women from harmful abortion practices.
Opponents of the measures, including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, said they would restrict women’s access to health care services.
Several doctors have testified against the bills, arguing that if passed, the measures would raise issues that could result in restricted access to abortions.
Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at (734) 623-2552, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter.