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Michigan Passes "Rape Insurance" Bill


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This is so fucked up.

The Michigan legislature passed a bill that disallows any insurance package from including abortion coverage without a special, separate rider.

No exceptions for rape, incest, fetal deformity. Nothin'

Women will be required to plan ahead for all of those things.

The way they rammed this through it does not require the governor's signature, which is convenient for them because 2 separate Republican governors already vetoed this same thing there.

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/michigan-pas ... rance-bill

http://jezebel.com/michigan-passes-bill ... 1481922092

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Um, treatment of ectopic pregnancy usually requires a dose of methotrexate. Wonder if they'd even allow abortion in those cases? :shock:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/1 ... 28432.html

Huffpo has it too.

The law, which takes effect in March, will force women and employers to purchase a separate abortion rider if they would like the procedure covered, even in cases of rape and incest.

Supporters of the "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act" argue that it allows people who are opposed to abortion to avoid paying into a plan that covers it. Opponents have nicknamed it the "rape insurance" initiative, because it would force some women to anticipate the possibility of being raped by purchasing the extra abortion insurance ahead of time.

“This tells women who were raped … that they should have thought ahead and planned for it,†said Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) during debates. “Make no mistake, this is anything but a citizens' initiative. It’s a special interest group’s perverted dream come true.â€

I just... no words...

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It also has the bonus of making full health insurance more expensive for women... but _just_ women. Well done, Michigan.

If they'd wanted cheaper insurance they should have planned ahead and been men. After all, big, strong, invincible men can't possibly allow weak, pathetic women with their uteruses to drag them down. What did children ever do for men, after all?

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Gosh, I hope their drug plan doesn't cover Viagra unless they purchase a rider. Fornication insurance - they shoulda planned for it.

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I think it's just about time for the vaginas to mobilize and vote these sneaky motherfuckers out. I'll march mine right up to the damn booth when elections hit my state again. Sneaky sons of bitches.

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This really grinds my wheels. I guess if you are bleeding to death from a incomplete miscarriage then you should have planned ahead! Just a way of making women pay more. Plus, the whole thing about rape. Who the hell plans for that?? Sick, sick, sick. Republican or democrat, I don't care, it should not be passed. Even typically anti-abortion republicans can see that.

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Those women who do pay extra for the rape insurance can “accidentally†be outed as having purchased this option and demonized for considering any scenario that might include abortion.

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ChowderHead, public vote is no longer an option (that's what the Dems were pushing for). The legislature passed it, so it will automatically become law in 90 days- I don't think the governor has the ability to veto it (would have been, as HA said, the third veto).

Burris, another speculation I've heard is that if women DO purchase a rider, some asshole will use that to show they were 'asking for it.'

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Can this be challenged in court? I can't imagine that it would hold up. But then I couldn't imagine that something this fucked up would get rammed through the legislature in a completely dishonest and underhanded manner in the first place...

You could tell that Whitmer was having a very hard time remaining civil in her remarks. Her story just chilled me to the bone but unfortunately, I'm pretty sure it fell on deaf ears. Because her rape was probably her own fault, you know.

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Horrible.

My Catholic-run employer is doing the same thing except change out "abortion" with "contraceptive services."

Which seems it would violate HIPAA because choosing an abortion or contraceptive rider automatically tells your employers your medical preferences (and political preferences, etc.) And I can not imagine an upside to that, if your employer is one who thinks like the people who passed this bill.

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So if I am mugged formy wallet and injured I need to buy separate robbery insurance? Is it being expanded to cover all felonies?

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This is all over my FB - major argument between a few classmates. I'd debate but I really, really hate putting that stuff on my FB just in case a future employer sees. I don't need them to know my political preferences especially on such a hot-button issue.

One argument that I liked was that pacifists still pay taxes that fund war. You are not always going to have the luxury of only paying taxes for things you believe in, that is part of living in a society with separation of church and state. Someone argued against them that abortion is murder but war is defending our country (eta: reread this sentence, I think they were trying to say that war is justified murder b/c it's defending our country, and this law is following this standard b/c it allows for abortion when the woman's life is in danger... but that's not a huge improvement...) :angry-banghead: :doh: :cray-cray:

I might be totally out of left field here but I don't think this could (/should) be held up in court either. I'm thinking of the Jim Crow laws, all the voting "literacy" tests, etc. and how our country eventually decided that we should not legislate so that there is an excessive hardship in access to freely legal government services/opportunities. This is making purchasing (government required) insurance a hardship for poor women. Someone keeps quoting the cost of an average abortion as $450 so why not just pay it out of pocket??? Even if it is that low (I'm not inclined to believe it just based on having a lot of medical bills in my life lol), that could still easily be a month's rent for someone. Do you get to live in your apartment another month but then have to give up your child or find a way to support them in a financial situation that's not optimal to begin with or do you have the abortion but risk eviction? Could be a real choice for MANY women if this does go through.

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