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Demand for abortion insurance rider on public and private health policies opposed

Lansing, Mich. – Fifty-three percent of Michigan registered voters oppose Right to Life of Michigan’s effort to exclude abortion coverage from both private and public health insurance in Michigan. Only 36 percent support the Right to Life position, which requires the separate purchase of an insurance rider to specifically cover abortion.

Right to Life of Michigan has filed petitions containing more than 300,000 signatures to exclude standard abortion coverage from health plans operating under Michigan’s insurance exchanges and all other health plans in Michigan, public or private. Purchasers of health care insurance who want abortion as a covered benefit in their plan could purchase an optional rider covering this benefit.

These results are from a recent survey by Marketing Resource Group and Mitchell Research and Communications, conducted for Inside Michigan Politics newsletter.

“If the legislature fails to act and this proposal goes to the ballot, Right to Life may find themselves on the losing end of another ballot proposal similar to the Stem Cell fight. At the very least this could become an expensive campaign for them to wage with voters,” said Bill Ballenger, associate editor of Inside Michigan Politics.

The actual wording of the question is below:

A petition has been submitted to force the Legislature to vote on prohibiting health insurance policies from covering elective abortions unless additional coverage is purchased through an optional rider. If the Legislature fails to act within 40 days, the measure could appear before Michigan voters on the November 2014 general election ballot. If there was a proposal on the 2014 General Election ballot to prohibit health insurance policies from covering elective abortions unless additional coverage is purchased through an optional rider, would you vote Yes to approve the ballot proposal or vote No to turn it down? [IF Don’t Know/REFUSED PLEASE ASK:] Which way do you lean today?

Yes: 34%
Yes lean: 2 | 36%
No: 51 | 53%
No lean: 2%
Don’t Know/Refused: 11%

MRG/MR&C MICHIGAN POLL
Conducted October 6-10, 2013
(N=600 Likely Voters)
Live Telephone Interviewers
MOE + or – 4% at 95% Level of Confidence
77% Landline – 23% Cell Phone

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About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.
Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.

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About Inside Michigan Politics
Inside Michigan Politics is the largest circulation, state-based bi-weekly political newsletter in North America.

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About Mitchell Research and Communications
Mitchell Research and Communications, Inc. is a Michigan based, national full-service firm specializing in public affairs, market research and political polling, political consulting, crisis management and legislative advocacy. The firm also provides voter identification and GOTV programs. The company has worked for corporate, association, political, governmental and media clients for more than 25 years. It has been the pollster for television stations and newspapers in Michigan, California, Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina. It’s main office and telephone center is based in East Lansing, Michigan.

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