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“Pro-Choice” Groups Gear Up To Challenge New Abortion Law

The Legislature’s votes to enact a law to require people to buy separate insurance policies to cover abortions may not be the final word on the issue.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports, an effort is organizing to challenge the law.

The question was put to the Legislature by a petition drive. Now, a petition drive is ramping up to challenge the law with a referendum.

Shelli Weisberg of the American Civil Liberties Union says, to succeed, the campaign would tap into a diverse network of people who are dissatisfied with what they see happening in Lansing.

“We feel we have a lot of momentum with those voters and with the other groups that just feel they’ve been bludgeoned by this legislature and its overreach,” she says.

The effort would have until late March to collect 161 thousand signatures of registered voters. That would suspend the law until after a vote next November. Supporters of the law say they’re confident voters would uphold it if, in fact, the question makes it to the ballot.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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