The Republican War On Women – ‘Democrats Fight To Repeal Michigan’s New ‘Rape Insurance’ Law’
‘ “Rape insurance,” since it essentially forces victims of sexual assault to pay out-of-pocket for an abortion procedure unless they thought ahead and purchased a separate insurance rider’.
‘A group of Michigan lawmakers have introduced a measure to roll back a controversial abortion restriction that went into effect this past spring. The new law requires women in the state to purchase a separate insurance policy for abortion coverage, even in cases of rape or incest’.
‘The measure has been widely derided as “rape insurance,” since it essentially forces victims of sexual assault to pay out-of-pocket for an abortion procedure unless they thought ahead and purchased a separate insurance rider’.
‘Dr. Timothy Johnson, who works at the University of Michigan’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, pointed out that the law is creating confusion among medical professionals’.
‘Some women experience serious complications that result in the loss of a wanted pregnancy, and it’s unclear whether those situations fall under the state law’s definition of an abortion’.
“This is creating a lot of uncertainty in the doctor-patient relationship. The last thing we want is to have to worry about who has to pay for a necessary procedure,” he said at the press conference’.
‘The lawmakers who introduced the repeal effort acknowledged that it’s unlikely they’ll succeed in the Michigan legislature, which is dominated by abortion opponents’.
‘Indeed, now that they’ve successfully restricted women’s abortion coverage, conservative lawmakers continue to introduce other stringent anti-choice measures’.
‘Earlier this month, a group of 16 male politicians introduced a radical “heartbeat” measure that would criminalize nearly all abortions’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/20/3451268/democrats-michigan-abortion-repeal/