Conservative activists are pushing a plan that would force women to decide if they want to buy “rape insurance.”
Right to Life of Michigan is promoting the bill, which would ban insurers from including abortion coverage in their health plans.
Gretchen Whitmer, the State Senate Minority Leader, slammed the idea: “Forcing women to decide whether they want to buy ‘rape insurance’ and even compelling parents to make the unfathomable decision about whether to buy it for their daughters is truly despicable.”
Whitmer went on to describe the drive as “one of the most misogynistic proposals I have ever seen in the Michigan Legislature.”
Conservatives from coast to coast have been waging a non-stop effort to prevent women from getting contraceptive coverage and access to abortion services. Many of these attempts have energized female voters and hurt Republicans at the ballot box.
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli lost to Democrat Terry McCauliffe thanks in large part to the female vote, while Texas State Senator Wendy Davis attracted national attention and support for a gubernatorial campaign thanks to her opposition to restrictive abortion legislation.