Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Goal: Block bill requiring separate insurance for abortions, even in the case of rape
Within the next 40 days, Republicans in Congress will have solidified and have substantial support for a bill that will force women in Michigan to buy a separate insurance plan if they want to be covered for abortions, even in the case of rape. The law they are proposing was originally drafted by Right to Life, an anti-abortion advocacy group, and would forbid general insurance plans to cover abortion. If passed, this law would force not only women to make an excruciating decision, but the parents of daughters, too. Furthermore, the law is entirely illogical, requiring women to plan for unplanned pregnancy.
Introducing this law raises many concerns for women across the country. Will women who decide they would rather be safe than sorry by buying the insurance be viewed as promiscuous? And when a victim of rape finds herself pregnant but has not purchased her supplemental rape insurance, will she be blamed for not having the foresight to do so? Based on recent debates surrounding rape and abortion, it unfortunately seems like the answer to both of those questions is a resounding “yes.”
If this hateful law gets passed, women will have serious restrictions placed on their access to abortion. Employers will not be required to offer the insurance, and even with a pro-choice outlook, are likely to pass on the extra expense it will incur. Furthermore, women do not live their lives planning to get an abortion. Many women will decline the supplemental insurance because they do not anticipate the difficult circumstances that would necessitate them to face such a painful decision.
A similar bill was presented to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder last year. He rejected the bill because it did not concede that cases of rape constituted a legitimate reason to receive an abortion. Instead of including that stipulation, conservatives have stubbornly proposed the same legislation once again. This time, they have conceived the despicable plan to have children of rape testify to Congress that their lives matter in an effort to sway public opinion. Because Right to Life has amassed 300,000 signatures in support of the bill, if it does not pass in Congress, the initiative will proceed to public ballot, giving voters the opportunity to pass it themselves. Do not let this bill pass. Speak out by signing the petition below.
Dear Governor Snyder,
The recent bill drafted by Right to Life is an affront to women everywhere, and cannot be passed. Forcing women to choose a supplemental insurance plan to cover abortion, even in the case of rape, is insulting and hateful. Most of all it is illogical. It does not make sense to require women to plan ahead for an unplanned pregnancy. To get an abortion is a very difficult decision for a woman to make, and most women do not live their lives anticipating the need to get one.
If passed, this bill will restrict women’s access to abortion. Employers will only see the supplemental insurance as an additional cost to incur and therefore will not offer it. Furthermore, most women will not anticipate needing it. They will decline to purchase it and be in serious trouble if something terrible, such as rape, happens to them.
Furthermore, the stereotypes that this bill would be perpetuating are sickening. Any woman who chooses to buy supplemental insurance to cover abortions in a conservative state will be viewed as promiscuous and lacking in moral integrity. Contrarily, a woman who does not purchase the insurance but finds themselves at a crossroads because she was raped, will be blamed for not having the foresight to purchase the insurance. On top of that, the procedure will no longer be affordable. The choice to receive an abortion is a difficult and personal one, and should not be exploited to ruin a person’s reputation or credit score. This law would do both.
To pass a law requiring women to purchase additional insurance to cover abortion, even in the instance of rape, is deplorable. It forces women to ponder unthinkable questions and perpetuates stereotypes enforced by hateful rape culture. Do not let this reprehensible bill pass.
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