Michigan Battle to Stop Tax-Funded Abortions Heads to Legislature

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 2, 2013   |   12:12PM   |   Lansing, MI

It’s official in Michigan. Voters have successfully signed enough petitions for a vote on whether to keep tax dollars and insurance premiums from paying for the destruction of innocent human life via abortion as part of health care.

Today, the Michigan Board of Canvassers unanimously approved the signatures from the No Taxes for Abortion Insurance petition drive.

“The Election Division of the Secretary of State concluded its review of the more than 316,000 signatures and found the validity rate to be nearly 95 percent. Registered voters from every county in Michigan signed petitions to initiate the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act; this legislation will keep tax dollars and health insurance premiums from paying for abortion as part of standard health insurance offered in Michigan,” Right to Life of Michigan said.

“The Michigan Constitution allows the people to initiate legislation through a petition. With the Michigan Board of Canvassers verifying the signatures, the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act will now be in the hands of Michigan representatives and Michigan senators. Because the legislation was initiated by the citizens, it does not need a signature from the governor to become law; only a simple majority vote is required in the Michigan House and Senate,” the group added.

Right to Life of Michigan is advocating for a vote to be taken as early as possible.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “We are thankful for the people of Michigan who participated in the NO Taxes for Abortion Insurance petition drive to allow our elected officials the opportunity to vote on the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act again.”

“Support for this policy is clear in Lansing. It is the same legislation which passed the House and Senate less than a year ago, but was vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder,” Listing added. “Michigan citizens do not want to pay for someone else’s abortion with their tax dollars or health insurance premiums. Abortion is not health care; abortion kills a living, developing human being.”

Volunteers across the state circulated petitions throughout the summer to initiate Abortion Insurance Opt-Out legislation. More than 315,000 signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State’s office.



Similar Abortion Insurance Opt-Out legislation was passed by Michigan representatives and senators in December 2012; however Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the bill. Because of the governor’s veto, the petition drive was necessary.

Listing said, “Our actions speak volumes. Abortion is not health care and the people of Michigan want to join the other 23 states which have opted-out of abortion coverage in the health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act.”

For more information about the NO Taxes for Abortion Insurance petition drive, visit www.MichigansVoice.com.