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Dems eye possible rape insurance rider ballot issue for next year

by: Eric B.

Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 14:48:27 PM EST

It's in the Freep!

LANSING, MICH. — Incensed Democrats and abortion rights advocates are vowing that Republican lawmakers overreached so much with new restrictions on abortion coverage in Michigan’s public and private health insurance plans that it will cost them in the 2014 elections.

A ballot drive to repeal or override the law is being considered. If enough signatures are collected, the statewide vote would coincide with November legislative races and keep the issue fresh in the minds of voters in 11 months.

It's a tremendous shame that it would have to come to this, something forcing a vote. Probably Right to Life would just waste everyone's time with yet another petition drive to end around that vote, because that's just how things have become with the Republican Party.

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The teabillies (3.67 / 3)
are so arrogant/ignorant they handed Democrats a made-to-order ballot issue to get Democrats to the polls. I'll bet establishment Republicans long for the days when they only had to contend with a few born-again Christian malcontents...

It was the "born-again Christian malcontents" that caused this problem for them (0.00 / 0)
Granted, there's a lot of overlap between the Tea Partiers and the evangelicals who provided the signatures to put this thing in the Legislature's grimy hands.

But as in previous midterms, Democrats will need all the motivators they can find to drive their base to the polls. If this is what does it, great.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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The hits, they just keep coming... (0.00 / 0)

I was part of a small group of protesters on Saturday at the Republican Executive Committee meeting at the Lansing Center. We pulled it together at the last second and getting the 30+ men, women and children to show up in the middle of a snowstorm was pretty impressive. We talked a lot (and continue to talk) about strategy and money and how to overturn this ridiculousness. At this point, it looks like it'll be a legal fight that will overturn the "citizen's petition".

And I have to say... I am sick to FUCKING DEATH of a bunch of old men making decisions about my uterus. (Or yours, or a uterus with which you are acquainted.) Most of the money to fund the RTL effort came from the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Bishops. They are like that Whack-a-Mole game - we do a petition drive, they'll do one and since they have more money and an organized army of political bishops who threaten excommunication to anyone who doesn't march in line with their doctrine, we're going to have to take this to the courts and/or a Con-Con.  

Do stupid people know they are stupid?

I don't know (0.00 / 0)
Seems to me that an initiative would be the better route to take, not just to overturn the law, but for politicals reasons.  This gives Dems something tangible to do in terms of organizing, of which there was little of in 2013.

Plus, you can count on the courts for anything in this state, anymore.  If the courts had done their job, the redistricting of the Oakland County Commission and Right to Work would have been overturned on procedural grounds.  I don't mind if someone wants to bring a court case in addition to the petition drive to cover our bases, but the court route seems like the most ineffective one.

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A many-pronged effort... (0.00 / 0)

I would imagine that we're going to have to go after this on all fronts.

That said, I've spent six hours on the phone in the last two days trying to find a rape insurance provider in Michigan. It is not something that any of the dozens of insurance companies I've called currently offer and it's not something that they are planning to offer in the near future.

So... I'm supposed to buy insurance that isn't available nor do I know if I will ever need but if I don't have it, I'm going to be forced to pay out of pocket for medical care.

(Not that it's necessarily relevant here, but since my life tends to be pretty public and I've already talked about this in the local media... I'm a two time leukemia survivor and when it comes back, and it will, I have to go through chemo. Chemo drugs + birth control medication = chemical disaster so I'm relegated to using other, less successful forms and increasing my risk of pregnancy. So in the unlikely event that I have to terminate a pregnancy because chemo + fetus = disaster, I am screwed.)

And so it goes... 

Do stupid people know they are stupid?

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Where's our progressive insurance company? (0.00 / 0)
According to everything I've read thus far, all states with the rider required have never approved any actual insurance rider.

We need to setup an insurance company to provide the rider -- and sue after they refuse to approve it. Just as RU-486.

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