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Michigan House leader says 'no' to bill requiring transvaginal ultrasounds

Steve Rhodes
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Bills in the legislature would prohibit insurance companies from covering abortions unless the coverage is added seperately.

House Bill 4187 was introduced by state Rep. Joel Johnson (R-Clare).

It would require that a woman have a "diagnostic ultrasound examination of the fetus at least two hours before an abortion is performed."

Today, State House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) announced the House wouldn't take it up.

More from MPRN's Jake Neher:

Bolger says his chamber will not approve any bills requiring women to have a transvaginal ultrasound when seeking an abortion. He says a bill in the state House goes too far. Ari Adler is a spokesperson for House Speaker Bolger. "The speaker is very interested in making sure that women have the latest technology available to them for their support, but he is not in support of requiring a transvaginal ultrasound in order for a woman to have an abortion," said Adler. House Democratic leader Tim Greimel applauded the move. He called the procedure invasive, unnecessary, and unwarranted.

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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