Don’t get raped in Michigan, conceive a child and then think you’re going to be able to abort said baby using your current insurance. It’s being reported that both chambers of the Michigan legislature have passed a measure banning insurance coverage for abortion in private health plans unless women purchase a separate rider, no matter the circumstance. This means that women in Michigan have to pay out of pocket if they’ve been raped, conceived a child and want an abortion. Studies indicate that women may not know that they can use their insurance to cover abortion, which is often segregated from other medical care, or they may fear of their family or employer finding out they had an abortion.
Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer says, “Apparently, the holiday season of good will towards men, reads more like your will toward women. The Republican male majority continues to ignorantly and unnecessarily weigh in on important women’s health issues that they know nothing about.”
Whitmer continues, “The fact that rape insurance is even being discussed by this body is repulsive. The fact that women are required to plan in advance to have an abortion, Whitmer said, “tells women who are raped … that they should have thought ahead and bought special insurance for it.” The term “rape insurance” was coined by Whitmer and she says if you’re shocked by this term, you shouldn’t be. “You should be offended that it’s [an] absolutely accurate description of what this proposal requires.”
As one of the most misogynistic proposals ever, it’s still set to become law despite the objections of both the state’s Democratic minority and the veto of the Republican governor.