Despite the reaction to the bills that have been jammed through the Michigan legislature in the past week, the GOP is still taking advantage of their lame duck majority. The ‘right to work’ law has received a lot of bad press and has Michigan workers protesting in the winter cold. The bills dealing with abortion and insurance were covered here a few days ago and have now been through both legislative chambers and are now law. But that didn’t stop the GOP from pushing through a couple more bad laws.
Not only did the Michigan GOP pass laws restricting insurance coverage for abortions, they have placed onerous restrictions on clinics that perform them, requiring unnecessary regulations on providers. HB 5711 places burdensome regulations on clinics that perform more than 6 procedures a month. This is, of course, an indirect way of closing clinics completely.