Michigan Pro-Lifers Pursue Ballot Measure to Stop Tax-Funded Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 22, 2013   |   3:34PM   |   Lansing, MI

Michigan pro-lifers are pursuing a ballot measure to stop taxpayer funding of abortions in the state. The measure is necessary because Governor Snyder vetoed a bill that would stop taxpayer financing of abortions under Obamacare.

Right to Life of Michigan has more on its pursuit:

At a meeting this morning, Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers approved the No Taxes for Abortion Insurance petition form.  More than 258,000 valid signatures from registered voters will now need to be collected in order to prevent Michigan from subsidizing abortion coverage in insurance plans.

The Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday approved the group’s petitions for a statewide ballot initiative. If they can get the required 258,088 valid voter signatures, the proposed law could be adopted by the Legislature or put before voters in 2014.

Right to Life is pursuing the legislation after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill last year that changed the legal structure of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and included requirements from the Republican-controlled Legislature that residents cover additional insurance to cover aborting pregnancies.

“People that are in favor of abortion would have to purchase that insurance,” said Barbara Listing, president of Right to Life of Michigan……

No Taxes for Abortion, the ballot committee, has 180 days to collect signatures and can start that process anytime during the next year. If the Board of State Canvassers determined the group collected enough valid signatures for the proposed statute, the Legislature would have 40 days to either adopt the law or allow it to go on the ballot, said Fred Woodhams, spokesman for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

Rebecca Kiessling, a pro-life attorney basked in Michigan, supports the effort and says it is also due in part to the desire to protect babies who are aborted after they are conceived in rape.



“The petition drive is to override Governor Snyder’s veto of the opt out of abortion coverage in Obamacare,” she explained to LifeNews. “Governor Snyder had issued a letter at the end of December stating that he vetoed the bill because it did not have a rape exception.”

“Right to Life of Michigan tried to convince Governor Snyder to pass the bill without an exception but he refused. Therefore they decided to embark on this very costly endeavor of collecting 258,088 signatures within 180 days, which Right to Life of Michigan is confident they will achieve. This sets a great example to the pro-life movement that the least of these are worth fighting for,” she said.