Thanks to a petition drive that resulted in 4.2% of Michiganders voicing their minority opinion, Michigan is about to become a place where women have to plan ahead for their abortions. If you become pregnant accidentally or if you are raped and become pregnant and haven't purchased a separate abortion coverage rider on your health insurance, you won't be covered. This isn't just for state government insurance plans or those purchased on the health insurance exchange. It's for EVERY insurance plan available in the state.
Apparently no government is too small to get between you, your doctor, and your health insurer.
A controversial initiative that would require women to buy an additional rider on their health insurance if they wanted abortion coverage is one short step away from going to the Legislature, where it is likely to easily become law.
Because no one filed a challenge by Monday’s deadline to the more than 315,000 signatures turned in to the Secretary of State, an initiative that would prohibit abortion coverage from being included in standard insurance policies will go forward.
And the Secretary of State certified Monday that Michigan Right to Life, which spearheaded the petition drive, has more than enough valid signatures to start the ball rolling on the new state law. A minimum of 258,088 valid signatures were needed. The anti-abortion activists turned in 315,477 signatures. And the Secretary of State’s elections division estimated that 299,941 of the signatures are valid.
The state Board of Canvassers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 to certify the signatures and then the petition moves to the state Legislature, which has 40 days to approve, reject or do nothing with the legislative ballot initiative.
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I keep wondering where the limits are on Republicans' apparent hatred of women ... and they keep pushing the boundaries further and yet further out. Have their empathic sensibilities become so atrophied that they no longer can feel anything about anyone other than themselves?
Honestly, I do truly wonder.
Oh wow - this is so terrible - it is hard to imagine someone even thought this dumb idea up.
WTF?? These nuts insist women give birth,no matter the circumstances, then raise hell when the children need government support to even be fed. Just how stupid are these people?
I keep wondering where the limits are on Republicans' apparent hatred of women
No limits probably. I think once you begin to maltreat another person or animal, you begin to despise them - possibly because the victims remind you of your lack of justice.
Sadly, I think you're right, Chris. To paraphrase, Jean-Luc Picard, when someone learns to devalue one person or group, they can devalue ANY person or group.
Empathy is gone from these people, and that is a singularly frightening thought for those who were elected to represent others!
We think they were elected to represent their constituents. In fact, they were elected to enjoy the privileges of office and power and influence; their first duty is to get reelected.