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Michigan abortion clinics will need license, check for coercion

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan abortion clinics will need a state license and must check to make sure women aren't being pressured into getting an abortion under a new law.

Other regulations taking effect Sunday make clearer the proper disposal of fetal remains.

The state estimates 16 more abortion providers will need to be licensed as freestanding outpatient surgical facilities because they perform at least 120 abortions a year.

The law has a glaring loophole. It requires abortion providers to notify patients that it's illegal for anyone to coerce a woman into having an abortion. But no such crime exists.

Lawmakers never gave final approval to separate legislation that would have criminalized pressuring a woman to get an abortion. Anti-abortion advocates expect legislators to pass the bill this year.

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