Target: Michigan House of Representatives
Goal: Reject the Senate-approved bills limiting insurance coverage for abortions.
Thanks to the Michigan Senate, a series of bills have just been passed in the state that vastly limit women’s rights. These new laws, known as Bills 612, 613, 614, and 975, work together to inhibit an individual’s choice in the matter of abortion. This is all led and championed by the GOP of course, which despite continuing calls for less government control in our lives, seem to have the opposite idea when it comes to the human reproductive system.
These bills limit abortion rights in several ways. The main goal of Bills 612, 613, and 614 are to eliminate insurance coverage for abortions. If these laws pass, women would not be able to use their insurance to pay for abortions, even under the Affordable Care Act. In fact, the only way insurance would cover abortions is if the life of the mother was at risk. Slightly unrelated to these insurance restrictions is Bill 975. Known as the “Religious Liberty and Conscience Act”, this bill would allow insurance companies to reject coverage for any procedure due to their own religious or conscientious beliefs. There are no specific parameters in the bill which could lead to insurance companies rejecting to cover really anything they feel like.
While the GOP have once again limited the rights of the individual, it has also broadened the freedom for corporations. In their world, it is okay for an insurance company to base their decisions off their own personal beliefs, but individuals, especially women, don’t have the same luxury. Please tell Michigan Republicans in the House of Representatives to reject these bills so they don’t become the law.
Dear Michigan House of Representatives,
Your colleagues in the Senate have recently passed Bills 612, 613, 614, and 975. Together, these bills limit the rights of women seeking abortions, while at the same time expanding the rights of insurance companies. This is a dangerous trend, limiting the freedoms of the individual while granting more power to money-hungry corporations.
Now these bills are coming to you, and depending on your vote, they could become law. Whether or not you personally agree with abortion, you shouldn’t take away another person’s freedoms. Since abortion is legal, insurance companies should cover the procedure. There are several important reasons besides just the life of the mother for why people get abortions.
Please, vote against the implementation of these laws. Health insurance companies cover thousands of procedures that are not life-or-death situations, so they should cover abortions as well. In addition, Bill 975 gives them ambiguous power not to cover any procedure they disagree with. Don’t strip away freedoms of Michigan women, vote no for these bills.
[Your Name Here]