Prevent State from Requiring Separate Abortion Insurance

pro choice

Target: Michigan Legislature

Goal: Do not allow abortions through a separate insurance only

Michigan Legislature has recently proposed a law that would require women to have a separate abortion insurance, even applying to victims of rape. This law would forbid health insurance companies from including abortion coverage in general insurance plans. Pro-life activists have been consistently devising ways to prevent abortion in their state, and this is yet another attempt.

A separate law for abortion is a radical target at women, and it is also a senseless idea. First of all, it would target women, requiring them to pay extra for insurance that they would very likely never get to use.  Also, the majority, if not all of women who get abortions would have never expected that they would need one. If they expected an unwanted pregnancy, they would have done more to prevent it.

This places women in a tough position to decide if the risks of an unwanted pregnancy or even a pregnancy by rape are small enough to avoid purchasing abortion coverage. Parents would also have to make this decision on behalf of their daughters. In most cases women would reject the insurance assuming that they would not be experiencing an unwanted pregnancy. The few women who do experience this misfortune would regret not purchasing the insurance, and parents of girls who obtain an unwanted pregnancy would feel extreme guilt for not making the decision to cover them under abortion insurance.

On behalf of the women of Michigan, especially rape victims, please sign the petition below to ensure that the state does not pass a law that will provide inadequate health coverage and restrict women from freedom of choice.


Dear Michigan Legislature,

The recent attempts at the passage of a law that would require a separate abortion insurance need to be abandoned immediately. The proposed law is unjust, and is senseless for many reasons.

This law specifically targets only women. It would require women to pay for an extra service that men do not have to, which is reason enough alone that it should be included in general health insurance.

Also, it is ridiculous to assume that any women would accept the fact that they could experience an unwanted pregnancy. Most women think that they make all the efforts to prevent a pregnancy and also think that something like a rape would never happen to them.

Taking rape into consideration dismisses this law even further. Women who are not sexually active will likely choose not to get the insurance because there is no reason they should expect an unwanted pregnancy, but if they get raped and become pregnant, they will not be able to terminate the pregnancy.

This is an unjust law proposed by an extremely radical group. Laws that target a group of people like this should be dismissed before they are even considered. Please make the right decision by shutting down this law before it escalates even further.


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