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.”abortion-law

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”.

State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) said during the debate that she was raped 20 years ago.

“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.”

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  • Why does it seem like we’re taking steps backwards as the years go forward

    • copelli

      This is just mind-boggling. What is the purpose or benefit of this law?

      Hmmmm, I AM a woman afterall so there’s a good chance at some point in my life I might get raped, so I better get some rape insurance……just in case?! WTF.

      What is this? Why are we putting people who would even pass a bill like this into public office?

      We are truly beyond being a f*(cked up society.

  • BeanBean

    I had to recheck the calendar to make sure it was 2013 and not 1913. Stuff like this makes me wonder what century I’m living in.

  • Michigan Lost!

  • MommieDearest

    I have no words…

  • Fox

    This is a money grab for the insurance industry. I can’t believe this passed.