The Michigan Board of Canvassers approved Right to Life's petition form in May, giving the nonprofit and its allies 180 days to turn in 258,088 valid signatures. The group plans to collect more signatures in less time, suggesting it is in a race against the clock.
Beginning next year, many Michigan residents may qualify for subsidized insurance through an online marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare." If those policies include abortion coverage, Right to Life argues, taxpayers will be indirectly funding the controversial procedure.......
"The reality is that abortion is not health care," Sherstad said. "Working with people throughout the state, we're hearing that a lot. People don't want their health insurance premiums, and then their tax dollars, to pay for someone else's abortion. This gives people a choice. They can purchase a rider to have abortion coverage if they want it."