Michigan becomes the latest to join other states that are passing laws prohibiting a woman’s right to choose, right for contraception and right to privacy. Michigan passed a bill that requires women to purchase an insurance rider to cover abortions should they ever think they would want this service if they were to be impregnated by a rapist. Yes, we actually have to plan for rape and decide if the gamble is worth it. But realistically, only one out of every four women in America are raped or sexually assaulted during their lifetime. So, if you are feeling lucky and think you will fall into the 75% of woman that do not suffer at the hands of a male perpetrator, don’t waste your money. BUT – if you do not want to bare the child of a rapist that may be stalking you now, you best invest in the Rape Insurance rider option that states like Michigan are now passing. But wait – these same states are also passing laws making it illegal for this insurance option to be purchased by women in these states. In short, the laws don’t directly state abortion is illegal, they just make it impossible to get one by closing most clinics, disallowing insurance coverages and other such limiting measures.
We are also now seeing a move to make birth control of any kind impossible to get. Being pushed by extreme conservative special interest groups, “personhood” laws are now being written that make it illegal to prevent egg and sperm from meeting. Additionally, there are laws being passed that can even charge a woman with murder for having a miscarriage unless she can prove she did nothing to provoke the miscarriage. Since medical science can not always determine the cause for a naturally terminated pregnancy, it is hard to imagine how quickly we will fill prisons with mothers unable to carry a full term pregnancy through no fault of their own. We can only hope the woman does not already have young children at home, because they won’t have a mother anymore.