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Mich. legislature bans almost all abortion healthcare coverage

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Wednesday Michigan legislators voted to require women to buy special insurance if they want the cost of an abortion to be covered. Otherwise the procedure would be paid for out of pocket. The bill includes no exceptions to the coverage - even if a woman becomes pregnant because of incest or rape.

"When my mom was 19, a college student, she was raped. And she chose to give me life. And so I'm not an exception I'm a human being," Shawn Spry says.

But not everyone feels that way.

A woman could not buy this insurance after she got pregnant. She would have to purchase the special rider as a precautionary measure. That's why critics of this dubbed it "rape insurance."

"I think that's not a misnomer, that women now are going to have to decide to purchase a rider to cover a procedure - in the event that they are assaulted, and I think that is incredibly offensive," says Lori Lamerand of Planned Parenthood.

VIDEO: Click on the video player to learn more about the law in a report from Fox 2's Taryn Asher

The law takes effect in 90 days without Gov. Rick Snyder's signature. He vetoed similar legislation last year but has no power to do so this time. Meanwhile, pro-choice advocates are considering a petition drive that could allow this issue to be placed on the ballot and let the voters decide.

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