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Michigan Republicans Pass Law Forcing Women To Buy 'Rape Insurance'

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A mere 4% of Michigan voters, with the cooperation of the legislature, just forced a measure onto the state's women that requires them to get a separate rider on their health insurance if they want abortion coverage.

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Kit B (276)
Friday December 13, 2013, 1:52 pm
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A mere 4% of Michigan voters, with the cooperation of the legislature, just forced a measure onto the state’s women that requires them to get a separate rider on their health insurance if they want abortion coverage. Even if a woman is impregnated through rape or incest, her insurance won’t pay for an abortion unless she already has a rider in place.

Even Governor Snyder thinks the law is too extreme. (video at site)

In a telling sign of how extreme this law is, even conservative governor Rick Snyder thought it went too far. Last year, he vetoed the same measure, which would require women to get what is being labeled ‘rape insurance’. After passage of the law on Wednesday, the governor’s spokeswoman, Sara Wurfel, commented on his 2012 decision:

He felt it highly inappropriate to tell a woman who becomes pregnant due to a rape that she would have needed to select elective insurance coverage and also … it interferes in the current private market for insurance.

Immediately after the governor vetoed it, the anti-choice group ‘Right To Life’ started a petition drive for an initiative that would require the legislature to take a new vote on the measure. They needed only about 250,000 signatures, but turned in over 315,000 — about 4% of Michigan’s total voters. According to the state’s constitution, if both houses approved the bill on this second vote, it would become law, without the governor’s signature, 90 days after the legislature adjourned. That means it will take effect in March.

Female lawmakers begged their colleagues not to vote for the legislation. As an alternative, they suggested putting it on the ballot next November and letting all of the voters decide. A statewide poll taken last month showed that 47% of voters oppose the ‘rape insurance’ requirement while only 41% support it.

Women legislators telling their stories make no difference to Republicans.

Women senators and representatives alike told personal stories, often in tears, of the need for abortion coverage. Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer revealed publicly for the first time that she was raped 20 years ago. Afterward her statement, she had to go call her dad and tell him about the rape for the first time, to make sure he didn’t hear it on the news. Rep. Colleen Lamonte revealed that a wanted pregnancy ended in a painful miscarriage that required a D&C (dilation and curettage) procedure that would have been denied under the proposed law.

Their fellow lawmakers remained unmoved. Virtually on party lines, the Senate passed the bill with 16 Republicans and 1 Democrat in favor, to 11 Democrats opposed. The House passed it with 59 Republicans, 2 Democrats, and 1 independent for, to 47 Democrats opposed.

Women vow the law will be overturned.

But what a citizens’ initiative gives, a citizens’ initiative can take away. Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, said, “There will be another initiative to overturn this abhorrent act.” That was reinforced by a promise from Shelli Weisberg, of the ACLU of Michigan, who said the planning for a petition drive to repeal the measure will start next week. She also said, “These legislators need to know what they just did. Women are mad. It’s like every election cycle, they do something that specifically goes against women.”

Next November, it’ll be time for women to specifically go against the current crop of elected Republican officials. Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright, D-Muskegon, pointed out that Michigan is in the national spotlight over the issue. Pro-choice groups are rallying their resources, prompting Hovey-Wright to warn: “Do not underestimate the power of a lot of very angry women and the men who support us. A yes vote puts you on the wrong side of history.”

By: Deborah Montesano | Addicting Information |

Arielle S (313)
Friday December 13, 2013, 1:59 pm
Jeez, from laughing at one article to furious spitting at this does wonder where these 4% came from and who they are and if they are even real people. I would imagine if we try hard enough, we could get 4% of the population to decide castration is the only way to deal with these Republicans.... or as the article says, "Do not underestimate the power of a lot of very angry women...."

Roger G (154)
Friday December 13, 2013, 2:13 pm
noted, thanks

Evelyn B (62)
Friday December 13, 2013, 2:53 pm
I particularly like "Pro-choice groups are rallying their resources, prompting Hovey-Wright to warn: “Do not underestimate the power of a lot of very angry women and the men who support us. A yes vote puts you on the wrong side of history.”"
At times it is very hard to believe that these politicians live on the same planet as the rest of us. If you want to differentiate, make the default situation be coverage for abortion (if necessary, specifying under conditions ... if necessary), and let individual women opt out if they want no form of abortion coverage ..... But having to opt for this is almost like saying "I expect to need an abortion, probably due to being raped" ... Because if one needs the coverage, it is too late to opt in then.
This is insane, it is not serving the people.
Thanks for flagging this story.

Kit B (276)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:09 pm

Yes, this is saying that women plan to raped and should be insured for such eventualities. I don't know any woman that considers rape something that will happen eventually. Should all men then forced to have a liability insurance for the future potential victims?

Wilde Thange (10)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:12 pm
All women face the risk of death in pregnancy and childbirth and abortion is a legal medical right according to the Supreme Court. There is no majority right to take away someones medical rights and insurance should fully cover medical procedures related to a woman's life without anyone's interference at any trimester as a medical right. It is discrimination against a woman's biological nature to deny them access to procedures relative to their specific medical needs because of someones moral or religious judgments.

JL A (281)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:50 pm
If they don't have a male health care equivalency it could also be grounds for gender discrimination lawsuits.

Sheila D (194)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:54 pm
Curious they didn't include incest rape in this mess...Please, Lord, don't forgive them, for they knew exactly what they were doing.

Fiona O (565)
Friday December 13, 2013, 5:10 pm
Sounds like gender discrimination to me. JL is right.

I knew that when CATURDAY came on Friday 13th, the very first article would be some new NUTSO, irritating law or regulation in one of the states.


Nicole W (646)
Friday December 13, 2013, 5:21 pm
shaking my head here

Kit B (276)
Friday December 13, 2013, 5:22 pm

It's not a surprise coming from one of RED states, but that this governor would not sign is a surprise. Turns out they didn't need his signature, or a public vote.

And....of course another school shooting today.

Laura H (964)
Friday December 13, 2013, 5:37 pm
Do they know what being raped means? I doubt it and I hope and pray to the universe that those in their life never finds out..
Rape is beyond all pain.

This 'law' is DISGUSTING and WRONG and I hope women everywhere remember this and get out and VOTE-here, there and everywhere!!!!

Barbara K (60)
Friday December 13, 2013, 6:05 pm
Have you ever heard of something so stupid? I don't believe there is any such insurance. Our bodies are not government property, they belong to us, men and women. The governments have no right to legislate our bodies, they do not belong to them or the government. There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the governments the right to legislate us. Yes, I'm a Michigan resident, who thinks we've been taken over by total lunatics on so many levels.

Laura H (964)
Friday December 13, 2013, 6:18 pm
Here is "Rape 101" has nothing to do with sex-it is all about violence and power!!

I am SO sick of men (most call themselves 'Christian" -HA) making all of these laws!!

Rose Becke (141)
Friday December 13, 2013, 6:22 pm

Mitchell D (87)
Friday December 13, 2013, 6:28 pm
Women must remember just who is screwing them (PUN INTENDED) when next we all vote! tis is like electoral rape!

Yvonne White (229)
Friday December 13, 2013, 9:05 pm
Women should start a class action suit against all the Men for being Potential Rapists - pre-emptive strikes!!!

pam w (139)
Friday December 13, 2013, 9:57 pm
Pro-choice groups are rallying their resources, prompting Hovey-Wright to warn: “Do not underestimate the power of a lot of very angry women and the men who support us. A yes vote puts you on the wrong side of history.”

++++++++++++++++ Perhaps this is the proverbial ''last straw?" I HOPE SO! This is impossible! I'm finding it too incomprehensible.....

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday December 13, 2013, 10:03 pm
I'm livid! We have to vote those rotters out of office! We need petitions to help the women in Michigan. Thank you for spreading the word! They are attacking women's rights on every front. This is truly an assault!

Bridget Robertson (106)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:52 am
I am also livid. Apparently we women are now suppose preplan to get all care options if we are raped. I guess we are suppose to see rape as normal. Not the very violent and horrible act that it is.

. (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:50 am
That's stupid. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

Ben O (171)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:59 am
Holy crap!

jan b (5)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 8:57 am
There are two parts to the party----the TALIBAN REPUBLICANS AND THE TEAPARTY REPUBLICANS. Regardless, they are obsessed with sex and reproduction so that they can't concentrate on anything else. Maybe a shot of saltpeter might do some good before they meet in congress.

Elle B (84)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 9:41 am
Made my weekend to see the Caturday and Maven comment posts up yesterday . . . so on the creepist article . . .caught this muck on the news . . .and want immediate changes on ALL current insurance policies [auto, boat, home, business, etc] to include "Rapists-At-Large" coverage clauses [pain/suffering/disability ALL medical, etc.] wherever my person/bioform may be located [foreign lands included] with no additional premium charges. Obviously this is an oversight on the part of the high-rise insurance industry and the public in general since the inception of insurance. Knowing how greedy, opportunistic and obstructing private sector profiteering industries have committed themselves to being . . . a federal "Rapists-at- Large" insurance program [Flood Insurance can be used as model] should be launched right now with coverage effective immediately and retro actively for past trauma victims' current treatments (while the profit makers drag their stinking feet). . . until either rapists do not exist [ie. no cases for a period not less than 100 years]. . . so the threat is eliminated OR coverage is included on ALL insurance policies as described above. . .

PS. Also, start a national program to provide coverage for Insurance Industry omissions and errors [including overcharges, fraud and negligence]? Use the GOP model of selling off public property and sell off a few Insurance Company high-rises and assets to cover start-up costs and then use their 2006 legislation requiring the USPS to pay 75 years in advance for retirees' insurance as another model and require the Insurance Companies to establish a 100 year [let's be insightful and prepared here] advance funding trust for Insurance Errors and Omissions coverage...make it an Industry STANDARD. . .as they relish calling their MBM [Market-Based-Management] ie. the let's bleed 'em practices. . .

PS(too). wandering here but relevant. . .since corporations are people now--can they be put in prisons? That would create quite a few jobs and stimulate the now top-heavy Austrian School supply-side [voo-doo, suck-up] economy. . .start with employers of the rapists and the insurance companies swindling the citizenry. . .be green too--recycle and compost building and asset materials. . .

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:29 am

I will believe Corporations are People when Texas executes one. If the corporation is big enough, and the crimes are so dastardly as to harm millions of people than no, there is no consequence to be paid. Certainly not from the corporation nor those who are at least semi-human, that conceive and consummate these plans against society they are treated to huge financial advantage rather than time in prison.

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:31 am

Well said Elle. As for dumping all of them - if only we could. The republican and democrats are both owned by corporate money, they are like a bowl of dung looking at itself in a mirror. I just wish people would look to third parties, of course electronic voting and gerrymandering has all but eliminated that option.

Elle B (84)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:22 pm
Ty Kit... Innuendo and metaphor are a preferred relief over the pink stuff. But truth lies therein the ramble... MBM and Austrian School just don't work and if anyone literally duplicates the practitioners' own recommended methods for any enterprises they simply don't like. . .beware their henchmen will come a calling. That's not "Free Markets nor is it's just plain old "bullying" on a massive scale. Personally, i think it's easier to change political mechanisms than is the general consensus. How to break the hold of misinformation on minds and the marketed public stupor that has ensued is the challenge...

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell

"The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information." ― Henry A. Wallace, Fmr. US Vice Pres.

"In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own." ―Alexis de Tocqueville

"I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America." ―Alexis de Tocqueville

To make a case in point during the recent "Great Recession" since 2008 i began asking (now in the hundreds) people, including elected officials if they know who Frances Perkins is . . . not one has answered yes to date! But the vast majority know who Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and even Donald Trump are . . . so let's just change the national anthem to "For the Love of Money" (1973 O'Jays' recording preferred)

"As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?"
―Alexis de Tocqueville

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." ―Alexis de Tocqueville

GOP neo-facists are extremely fond of bandying about de Tocqueville's works -- should take off their azz-hats, remove ear plugs and look in a mirror . . .

Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:26 pm
I read this when it arrived in my email and i believe there was also a petition with it...maybe i can still find it.. thx Kit! - nothing else to add to above comments...

Vivian B (169)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:36 pm
Elle and Kit! How much more could I say! The people with a penis have done it again! Old white guys making things worse for ALL WOMEN! Any woman that would vote for this is an idiot. Had to be said. But, surely none will.
This is like getting life insurance to cover your own murder. That it be that specific. That is about the most underhanded way to abolish a woman's right to choose. And that is what they are gunning for. They want to find some way to take away the right to choose!

Barbara V (51)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:37 pm
The damned Republicans have gone absolutely mad. This is just about the most reprehensible, stupid, idiotic thing I have ever heard of. The only ones who'll benefit will be the insurance company because Republicans don't intend to help any woman who has been raped. They HATE women and want to control them. How do you like THIS for a stunning example of their anti-woman attitude?

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:21 pm
Despicable. The GOP are women haters.

Barbara Goheen (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:01 pm
That's stupid.

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:04 pm
Since rape is still MOSTLY Illegal, does this mean CONservatives have abandonned "law & order" altogether? You can't trust Anyone these days, so buy Insurance! Can't we just call the Mafia & pay them "protection" money? My own "wise guy" could beat or kill any potential rapist, so I wouldn't need any hostital charges or an emergency abortion.. and it would make me feel better to have "good hands" around the criminal's neck instead of mine!

Birgit W (160)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:22 pm
Sure let women pay again for something they cannot prevent them anyway. Outrageous.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:43 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit.
I have a terrible cold, and this just made my head hurt more. It seems we long ago turned a corner allowing the tiniest group to have the biggest mouth. I think it's partly because Roe v. Wade passed in 1973 and has been Law of the Land for over 40 years now, so we thought it was set in stone. It just made sense, so why should anyone want to attack it? If it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, it seems it's up to all of us to BE the "squeaky wheel" and stop these horrible attacks on women. I am mortified!
Is it time to start our attacks against Viagra, Cialis, etc? Or, maybe Arielle has it right with her idea about castration. And, I love Yvonne's idea about a class action suit against all men for being potential rapists. Time for radical to be hit right back with radical.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:52 pm
The whole thing is ridiculous - as is most of the health care lately. or non-health care as I call it.

linda b (186)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 10:13 am
I wonder if this 4% know what rape is or what it's like to be raped, if they know the suffering of the victims and their family and the life sentence the victims are forced to endure. Sickening. Thanks Kit.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:26 pm
Another money grab.

Barbara V (51)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 4:38 pm
I cannot believe that even the Repugs would stoop that low. Instead of protecting women via the law, they stuff the coffers of the insurance companies. They so obviously hate women. They have become the sickest, damnedest coven of evil that Capitol Hill has ever dealt with. And it will just get worse so long as we keep voting those pigs IN. ....or if they STEAL votes in some way to keep their power. GET THEM OUT!!!! This is probably nothing next to what they'll come up with next.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 7:52 pm
Sheer lunacy.

Emma S (239)
Monday December 16, 2013, 7:22 am
Frightening times...

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday December 16, 2013, 1:48 pm
What we need is insurance against polliticians.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Monday December 16, 2013, 8:32 pm
Stupid Jerks

Past Member (0)
Monday December 16, 2013, 9:31 pm
Only in America.... :-/

Rhonda B (106)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 7:21 am

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 5:46 pm
Does that mean if you're 80 with wrinkles you still have to buy rape insurance?

Yeah, I know, rape is not caused by physical attraction. It's caused by anger. And, yes, 80 year olds get raped.

But, I mean what the H--- are they going to do next those Repulsives.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 7:59 pm
Bizarre beyond belief. Glad that I live in Canada, having universal health care and none of this 'insurance' nonsense to put up with.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 9:37 pm
That's disgusting. These politicians can go to heck. They have no right telling any woman to get the insurance. Thanks Kit
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