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Uhhh you’ve got to be joking, Michigan.
According to this article (link below) from Ms. blog, the Michigan state legislature recently passed a law banning health insurance markets from offering coverage for abortions. Apparently you can purchase a separate insurance rider for abortion procedures, which must be purchased before becoming pregnant (but actually there is no market for abortion riders yet). What’s more, the law does not allow exceptions for rape or incest.
So let’s put this in layman’s terms. If a woman residing in Michigan needs an abortion for any reason whatsoever (rape, incest, genetic deformity, miscarriage or unwanted pregnancy) she will have to pay for the procedure out of pocket (because VERY few women KNOW that they are going to plan to have an abortion before they get pregnant, HELLO!!).
I’m not sure of the cost specifically in Michigan, but I’ve heard certain abortion procedures run anywhere from $1,500 – $2,500 in the U.S. (not including hospital stay and other medical/insurance fees and expenses).
Sure, punish the poor woman for something she has NO control over. As if she asked to be raped, have a miscarriage or develop a baby with a serious genetic defect!
And as one commenter pointed out, if a woman can’t pay for having the abortion for an unwanted child, who is going to pay the medical bills for the birth and subsequent medical visits and all of the other expenses that come with having a child? And PLEASE don’t tell me that it is her punishment for getting pregnant. You might as well be saying it’s the BABY’S punishment for being born into this situation that was created because of a BAD system.
What’s worse about this with Michigan is that it appears that this law was put into place simply because of stupid politics. An interest group lobbied heavily and got their dream come true. Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D – Michigan) says that it was clearly not a citizens’ initiative. I just hope that the citizens appeal to their representatives as soon as possible to get this ridiculous law overturned.
Guess what, Government? YOU are not a WOMAN and you need to stay out of our PERSONAL business!!!