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Wed Dec 4, 2013, 06:55 PM

Michigan lawmakers considering abortion bill that would force women to buy 'rape insurance'

Source: Think Progress

Michigan lawmakers are currently deciding whether to advance a bill that would require women in the state to purchase a separate insurance policy for abortion coverage, even in cases of rape or incest. If it’s approved, Michigan would join a long list of other states that have attacked abortion access by preventing women from using their own insurance to pay for it.

The debate over the legislation has heated up this week, particularly since the measure would deny abortion coverage even to women who have become pregnant as a result of rape. Although the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that rape victims should have access to legal abortion services, lawmakers continue to propose policies that would have callous implications for individuals who have been sexually assaulted.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed the proposed insurance ban last year for exactly this reason — pointing out that it would require rape victims to pay for the total cost of their abortion procedure out-of-pocket, unless they had thought ahead and purchased a separate insurance rider for abortion services. “I don’t believe it is appropriate to tell a woman who becomes pregnant due to a rape that she needed to select elective insurance coverage,” Snyder noted when he rejected the bill last December.

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But abortion opponents aren’t giving up. Save the 1, a national anti-choice group that advocates for abortion restrictions without exceptions, organized a press conference at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday to make the point that rape victims shouldn’t ever have the option of choosing abortion. A group of adults who were conceived as a result of rape argued that “no child deserves to be punished for the crimes of their father.”

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/12/04/3018691/michigan-lawmakers-rape-insurance-abortion/

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 06:59 PM

1. You'd think they'd take the hint when even a Republican says 'yeah, that's a shitty idea'.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 07:02 PM

2. ... if legislature approves it, it will automatically become law, even if Snyder does not sign it...

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 07:22 PM

3. For balance, they should force male gun owners to buy 'impotence insurance.'

Just sayin'


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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 07:42 PM

4. When i first glanced at this i thought

It was a headline from The Onion

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 07:48 PM

5. With Republicans around, we all need rape insurance.

ALEC. The Koch brothers. Karl Rove. Rupert Murdoch. Darrel Issa. Ted Cruz. "Rape America" ought to be their campaign slogan.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 11:02 PM

6. I just get so angry! When are women going to stand up to this abuse by Republican lawmakers???!!



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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 12:20 AM

7. Well fair is fair...men should have to buy their own viagra with money out of their own pocket.

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