On Wednesday, a bill was pushed through the Michigan state legislature that will now require women to purchase separate insurance polices if they want to have an abortion.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the bill passed by a 27-11 margin in the Senate, and a 62-47 vote in the house.
“I don’t think elective abortion should be a part of insurance,” state Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) told the Free Press. “This doesn’t affect access to abortion. It will still be legal when this law takes effect. Who should be required to pay? Not Michigan taxpayers.”
The law, which takes effect in early 2014, also includes a ban that will not allow women to purchase the policy after becoming pregnant, regardless if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, hence the name “rape insurance”.
“Thank God it didn’t result in a pregnancy because I can’t imagine going through what I went through and then having to consider what to do about an unwanted pregnancy from an attacker,” Whitmer was quoted as saying. “If this were law then and I had become pregnant, I would not be able to have coverage because of this. How extreme, how extreme does this measure need to be?”
“This is a huge government overreach and Right to Life went too far again,” state Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) told the Free Press in response. “Do not underestimate the power of a lot of angry women and the men who support us. A yes vote puts you on the wrong side of history.”