Michigan Rape Insurance Law

In Michigan, in order for a woman's medical insurance to cover an abortion, she has now has to buy a rider, unless her life is at stake. There is no exception for rape or incest. The kicker is, only women who are covered under an employer's health insurance can buy the rider. If her employer doesn't offer health insurance and she has a private policy, she cannot purchase the rider. The bill was originally passed and sent to the governor, who vetoed it. Right to Life Michigan obtained 300,000 signatures on a petition and forced another vote in the state House and Senate. Under Michigan law, if a bill is passed in this manner, the governor can't veto it.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/michigans-abortion-rider-_n_4958517.html

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Michigan's Republican-controlled state legislature first passed the measure in 2012, but Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed it, arguing that it wasn't "appropriate to tell a woman who becomes pregnant due to rape that she needed to select elective insurance coverage." Undeterred, Right To Life Michigan gathered 300,000 petition signatures supporting the measure, igniting the infrequently-used citizens initiative process. Both houses of the legislature passed the measure in December. There's no veto in the citizens initiative process, and Snyder's signature was unneeded for the law to go into effect.

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Comments (11)

  1. gbakere

    Another example of “Cheap Labor Conservatives” pushing for the divide between us to be even wider. Though there are people who are passionately against abortion under any circumstances, it is the “Cheap Labor Conservatives” who consistently push to bring this issue to the forefront, knowing that the masses will fight over it. The Koch Brothers fuel the fight, but if you think they are passionate about anything beyond the accumulation of money and power, then you’re a fool. The same goes for their puppets in congress. Which of those “Cheap Labor Conservative” legislators in congress do you suppose ever asks of themselves, “what would Jesus do?” when they continually vote to cut aid to the poor and downtrodden? Yep, “Cheap Labor Conservatives” want to make it so people are desperate. Then they’ll work for lower wages.

    March 15, 2014
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    2. deaconjim

      The deleted post was mine. I forget to credit Jon Stewart for the first paragraph of the post, which follows.
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      Funny how it’s okay for big corporations to take advantage of every loophole and subsidy to avoid paying taxes and to pay minimum wage to their employees, but not for individuals to take advantage of every social program for which they qualify to put a roof over their heads, put food on their tables, and get medical care for them and their children.
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      Don’t forget, we have to protect the unborn. The cheap labor conservative says “What’d you say, kid? You’re cold and hungry? Hey, we made sure you got born, what else do you expect from us? We didn’t tell your lazy mama to get pregnant. She can move to China or India and get a job. Let her worry about your clothes and food.”

      March 15, 2014
      1. gbakere

        March 15, 2014
  2. GoldenPig2012

    So, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! A woman has the option to PAY for a RIDER in case she gets raped? Does it pay for abortion and/or all expenses raising a child not intended? Oh, yes, we’re all equal, but, women can pay more because they………….can reproduce? No, no, I have nothing intelligent to say, as of yet, just the visceral ARE YOU KIDDING ME reaction.

    March 15, 2014
    1. deaconjim

      What woman is going to think “I might want to have an abortion one day. Maybe I should buy some extra insurance, just in case.”?! No woman wants to have an abortion. It should be covered without a rider. Just like nobody wants a broken bone, but it’s covered. Men don’t have to buy riders to cover certain things, why should women? And to make it worse, if a woman has private insurance, she can’t buy the rider even if she wanted to!

      March 15, 2014
      1. GoldenPig2012

        I have ZERO understanding of this, yes……….bullshit. WHAT?! Because I am able to reproduce I have to spend more money in case someone rapes me? Really? That’s a thing? WHAT?!! What man do I need to slap because his mother did not?

        March 15, 2014
      2. GoldenPig2012

        Agreed. To think otherwise is sexist and discriminatory.

        March 16, 2014
  3. deaconjim

    This is just another way to limit abortion. In addition to laws restricting access, now they have a law restricting how it’s funded. It’s like with same sex marriage in Iowa. When the law banning SSM was struck down by the state supreme court, the cheap labor conservatives attempted to pass a law making it illegal for county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Luckily, the state Senate is Democrat controlled and they blocked it. The cheap labor conservatives continue to come up with more nonsense to try and suppress people’s rights.

    March 15, 2014
  4. deaconjim

    Let’s see, the cheap labor conservatives pass laws forcing medical clinics to close, just because they provide an occasional abortion, the cheap labor conservatives pass laws allowing the cops to detain you just because you look like you might be an illegal alien, the cheap labor conservatives pass laws making voters jump through hoops just to be able to cast a ballot, the cheap labor conservatives propose budgets that cut Social Security and Medicare, and the cheap labor conservatives pass laws allowing businesses to put up signs saying “We don’t serve queers.” Yep, that just about covers it. I wonder if there’s anybody else the cheap labor conservatives can piss off while they’re at it. The sad part is, there are people who still vote for the cheap labor conservatives that put us in the mess we’re now in and blame Obama for not fixing it overnight, while the cheap labor conservatives continue to support the dickheads that took the jobs overseas.

    March 15, 2014
    1. gbakere

      Well said!

      March 15, 2014