U-M OB/GYN chair quoted in AP, Detroit Free Press on bill to repeal abortion insurance law

Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., was quoted at a news conference this week held by lawmakers who introduced legislation to repeal a controversial new law that requires women to buy extra insurance in order to get health care for an abortion, even in the cases of incest or rape.
Johnson, Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, said the Michigan law requiring women to buy a separate health insurance rider for abortion coverage is having negative affect on patient care.
“This is creating a lot of uncertainty in the doctor-patient relationship. The last thing we want is to have to worry about who has to pay for a necessary procedure,” he said, referring to both abortions arising out miscarriages and fetal abnormalities.
The story was picked up by the Associated Press, Detroit Free Press and several other outlets around the state

Thursday, June 19, 2014