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Abortion restrictions pass through state Senate

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The state Legislature wants to make a temporary restriction on abortion permanent. In 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that prevents women seeking abortions through medication to see their doctor via telecommunication. That law is set to expire at the end of December. And Republican lawmakers want to prevent that from happening.

But opponents of the restriction say it will prevent women in rural areas from getting timely access to abortion services.

Genevieve Marnon  is the Legislative Director for Right to Life of Michigan. Right to Life – an anti-abortion group – spoke in favor of the bill during a committee meeting.

“It’s not a matter of women not being able to access a medical abortion, it’s really a matter of safety,” Marnon said.

The legislation now heads to the state House.