Today in WTF news: If you're a woman living in Michigan, you are officially invited to plan for your next rape. Yesterday the Michigan legislature passed the "Rape Insurance" bill -- a bill that prohibits private insurance companies from covering abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. Instead, women have the option of purchasing a separate "rider" that specifically covers abortion services. So yeah, you have to pay extra if you want to terminate a pregnancy following a rape.
So that's super effed up.
State Senator Gretchen Whitmer called it "one of the most misogynistic proposals I’ve ever seen." Whitmer revealed that she had survived a rape two decades ago.
I can't imagine going through what I went through and then having to consider what to do about an unwanted pregnancy from an attacker. If this were law then and I had become pregnant, I would not be able to have coverage because of this. How extreme does this measure need to be?
It was after this deeply personal disclosure that the bill was passed, by the way. Apparently the prospect of fertilized eggs getting tossed breaks more hearts in the Michigan legislature than a grown woman's rape.
Not every woman who gets pregnant from a rape wants to get an abortion. There are other options. But an abortion can be one of those options. Taking away insurance coverage gives women less of a choice. And I can't imagine many women willingly paying for a special abortion rider in their health insurance package. The very idea is a slap in the face for all women. Who plans for a rape?
If we really wanted to be fair about this, maybe it's men who should sign up for a special rider in case of rape. They're the ones committing the rapes -- shouldn't they be the ones paying for the resulting abortion?
But even that aside, this is pretty rich coming from the right. After complaining about all the regulations Obamacare puts on insurance companies, here are conservatives also imposing regulations on insurance companies. Really, guys? Really?
By the way, Democrats wanted citizens to have their say by proposing the bill as a referendum, but Republicans rammed it through, passing it pretty much along party lines. And so Michigan joins eight other states that now limit abortion coverage by heath insurance companies. I'm not convinced this is really what most Americans want -- especially when you see how bills like Michigan's are passed.
What do you think of the so-called "rape insurance" bill?
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