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Richardville: Preventing abortion coverage not a 'top priority'

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe.
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Republican state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville

The Republican leader in the state Senate says he's not yet willing to commit to taking up a measure that would ban insurance companies from including abortion coverage in standard health plans.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't consider it a top priority. He says he still needs time to speak with his caucus about the issue.

The group Right to Life of Michigan turned in more than 315,000 signatures last week to send the measure to the Legislature. Those signatures still need to be certified by a state board. If that happens and lawmakers fail to pass the measure, it will go on the ballot.

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