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The Current CHRISTINA CLARK Staff Columnist O n ce a g ain anti- abortion a d vo ca t e s are s ticking the ir a g en d a whe re it doe s n’t b e lo n g , a n d this tim e the y m i g h t s ucc e e d pus hing it t h r o ug h t o law . A cco r d i n g to an article pub li s h e d in the D e troit F r ee Pr e s s , anti- abortion a ct i vi s t s h ave s tarte d a pe t i t i o n t o pas s a law that wo uld r eq uire ins urance co m pa n i es to offe r abor t i o n co ve r a ge through a s e pa r a t e r ide r (additional pr o vi s i o n ) to a cus tom e r’s po li cy . A s o f la st m onth, the pe t i t i o n r eache d 315,4 7 7 s i g n a t ur es . The s tate s aid 8 2 pe r cen t of the s e s igna t ur es m us t be valid, and t h e g r o up turne d in at le as t

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6 5,000 s ignature s m ore than the re quire m e nt. Op pone nts of the initiative have the opportunity to challe nge the s ignature s but m us t do s o by 5 p.m . on Nov. 25. The D e troit Fre e Pre s s re ports that D e s ire e Coo pe r, a s poke s w om an for Planne d Pare nthood A d vocate s of Michigan, s aid the group doe s not plan to challe nge the pe tition, but thinks that the pe tition is bad public policy — s he s aid the organiz ation w ill do e ve rything it can to m ake s ure that the le gis la ture know s it. I f the initiative is ap prove d, it w ill autom ati cally be com e law — G ov. R ick S nyde r w ill not be able to re vie w or ve to the le gis lation. I f the le gis la ture re j e cts the pe tition or doe s nothing, the is s ue w ill go to the vote rs in Nove m be r 2014 , according to the D e troit Fre e Pre s s article . A s e parate ride r that pe ople pay to ge t s uch a

controv ersi a l procedu re s e e ms l i k e a good compro m ise. An ti -a b orti on a dv ocates don ’t ha v e to worry abou t pa yi n g f or someth i n g the y don ’t b el i ev e i n , a n d a woma n ha s a ccess to the procedu re th a t she n eeds. Yes, i t seems l i k e a good compromi se, b u t “seems” i s the opera ti v e word. Thi s i n i ti a ti v e, h owev er, re qu i res tha t a woma n purch a se th e ri der b ef ore knowi n g wheth er she wi l l ne ed a n a b orti on . She ca n not pu rcha se i t a f ter she be c omes pregn a n t, a n d the re i s n o ex cepti on f or a vi cti m of ra pe or i n cest, accordi n g to th e a rti cl e i n the F ree Press. S o, l a di es, n ot on l y a re w e ex pected to b e wa l k i n g w omb s, n ow we a re ex pect e d to b e a b l e to see i n to the f u tu re. A b orti on i s n ot a pro ce d u re a person ca n see comi n g. A woma n does not ex pect h er pregn a n cy can b ecome f a ta l f or h er, and ra pe i s n ot someth i n g

a woma n ca n con trol . An u n pl a n n ed pregn a n cy i s ju st th a t: u n pl a n n ed. How ex a ctl y ca n a woma n see a n y of th ese th i n gs com i n g? M u st a woma n b u y a ddi ti on a l cov era ge ju st b eca u se sh e i s a woma n ? Bi rth con trol a n d sex u a l edu ca ti on a re th e b est mea su res to prev en t a n u n pl a n n ed pregn a n cy, a n d whi l e a b orti on ma y b e a ga i n st on e person ’s mor a l s, i t ma y n ot b e a ga i n st a n oth er’s. M ora l s a re n ot someth i n g tha t ca n b e i mposed on peopl e a s a wh ol e. Th e on l y peopl e th a t shou l d ha ve a h a n d i n thi s deci si on a re the ma n , woma n a n d h er doctor. A ma tter tha t i s so con trov ersi a l , l i k e a b orti on , sh ou l d n ot b e deci ded b y a peti ti on a n d a f ew si g n a tu res; a ma tter l i k e thi s n eeds to b e ta k en to th e v oters a n d the women wh o cou l d poten ti a l l y b e a f f ect ed b y a l a w l i k e thi s.

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