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Right to Life turns in anti-abortion petitions

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Melissa Benmark
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WKAR

A Michigan anti-abortion group says it has turned in more than 315,000 petition signatures. The Gongwer News Service says the initiative my Right to Life is aimed at preventing employers from offering abortion coverage in their health plans. Employees would be forced to by a rider to their policy at extra cost.

Supporters of the measure need 258,088 valid signatures to put the measure before lawmakers.

If the petitions are certified by the State Board of Canvassers, Gongwer says the state legislature is expected to approve the law. Because it would be initiated by a petition drive rather than by legislators, it would not be subject to a veto by Governor Rick Snyder or a voter referendum.

Andy Robins has been WMUK's News Director since 1998 and a broadcast journalist for over 24 years. He joined WMUK's staff in 1985. Under his direction, WMUK has received numerous awards for news reporting.