Michigan Senate Just Passed a Bunch of Bills Prohibiting All Insurance Coverage for Abortion
Legislators in the Michigan Senate were hard at work yesterday, fighting for your right to not receive any insurance coverage for abortion unless you are literally dying. Because who needs to rebuild the economy when there are greedy women out there who need insurance coverage for expensive medical procedures?
The Senate passed three bills that would prohibit all insurance coverage for abortion: 612, 613, and 614. To clarify, that means women won’t be able to use insurance to get an abortion under the Affordable Care Act or any insurance plans offered in the state, except in the case of threat to the life (not health) of the mother. Jordan Goldberg, State Advocacy General for the Center of Reproductive Rights, pointed out that prohibiting women from protecting themselves from unpredictable and expensive health care costs “goes against the very purpose of insurance while discriminating against women in the most fundamental way.” Are you saying that women should be able to make their own decisions about their crucial medical needs? How silly.
Although the Senate concluded that women’s personal beliefs about their own bodies aren’t really relevant, they are endlessly concerned about making sure health care providers feel totally comfortable at all times, because they also passed Bill 975, the “Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act,” an extremely broad bill which would permit any provider or facility to declare a conscientious objection to performing any medical service. Hmm, I’ve always wanted to become a surgeon, but I think kidneys are super icky. Now I can totally become one and just refuse to touch them because of LIBERTY. I love America!
All four bills will be in the House next week.