LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leader of the Republican-controlled state House says it won't approve a bill that would have required that women undergo vaginal ultrasound examinations before they get abortions.
House Speaker Jase Bolger issued a statement Thursday after
introduction of a bill to mandate pre-abortion ultrasound examinations with the most-sophisticated equipment available.
Bolger says he wants to "increase the value of life" but has "absolutely no interest in forcing a woman to have a transvaginal ultrasound."
Similar legislation has failed before.
Detroit News says a state Senate bill would prohibit insurers from funding abortions under plans provided by businesses and organizations. It would permit elective abortion coverage.
Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed an overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan because of an anti-abortion rider.
Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.