Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a bill Friday creating new regulations for abortion clinics and doctors, the Detroit News reports. He vetoed a second bill regarding abortion because he felt those restrictions went to far.
The bill requires that doctors screen patients to make sure they haven't been coerced into having an abortion, and requires that fetal remains be disposed of in the manner already used by clinics, Snyder said. It will also require that clinics performing more than 120 abortions per year be licensed.
"To be screened for coercion is a reasonable thing," Snyder said in an interview this afternoon with The News. "It is really a question of women's health and safety.
Snyder also vetoed a bill to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield, which he supported, because of an amendment that created new regulations regarding abortion insurance coverage, including in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother. Snyder explained both decisions in a letter to Michiganders and the state legislature.