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Mich. House Approves Abortion Restrictions Bill

The Michigan bill would tighten regulation of abortion clinics and providers while making it a crime to coerce women into having an abortion. In Missouri, a union asks the governor to veto legislation that would allow employers to opt out of providing abortion or contraception health insurance coverage.

Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lawmaker Calls For Sex Boycott As Michigan House Approves Anti-Abortion Bill
All 64 Republicans and six Democrats in the state House joined forces Wednesday to approve sweeping anti-abortion legislation. The bill would increase insurance and regulations on abortion clinics, regulate the disposal of fetal remains, prohibit the use of teleconferences to prescribe abortion medication and make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion (Gray, 6/13).

MLive:  Anti-Abortion Bill Approved By Michigan House; Debate Likely To Rage At Capitol All Summer
The Michigan House on Wednesday approved broad legislation that would add regulations and restrictions to abortion practices in the state, the first major step of an emotional debate expected to last into the fall.  The House passed the main bill in a three-bill package by a 70-39 vote. Two more bills in the package are awaiting votes, although they are not expected to be taken up this week.  The Senate is not expected to take up the bills until September (Martin, 6/13).

St. Louis Beacon:  AFL-CIO Urges Nixon To Veto Contraception, Sterilization and Abortion Coverage Bill
The Missouri branch of the AFL-CIO is asking Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation to allow businesses to decline to provide coverage for abortion, contraception or sterilization. … The bill would allow employers to exclude coverage for abortion, contraception or sterilization if such coverage violated their religious or ethical beliefs. It would also allow employees to refuse to pay for such coverage in a group plan if they held similar objections (Rosenbaum, 6/13).

And The Texas Tribune takes a closer look at abortion in that state --

Texas Tribune: Video: The State Of Abortion In Texas
In Part 4 of "Fertile Ground," an occasional series on family planning, we take a closer look at how abortion has shifted public policy in Texas in recent years -- and where the political battle may be headed next (Tan, 6/14).

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