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      Proposed bill prohibits abortion funding from insurers

      Today, the Michigan legislature is seeing new abortion-related proposals that would prohibit some insurance coverage of the procedures and mandate ultrasound examinations.

      Senate Bill 138 would prohibit Michigan health insurers from funding abortions as part of insurance coverage provided by businesses and organizations. The bill, however, would permit elective abortion coverage.

      In December, Governor Rick Snyder vetoed an overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan because of language that would prevent insurers and businesses from providing elective abortion coverage in employee health plans. Separately, an overhaul of the state's largest health insurer is moving forward without abortion language.

      The other abortion-related proposal, House Bill 4187, would mandate ultrasound examinations before abortions with the most sophisticated equipment available.

      Similar legislation has previously failed to pass.