Michigan Republicans sneak through legislation to limit women’s access to abortion services during Right to Work madness

While you were looking over THERE…

While the spotlight and media attention was focused on the outrageous anti-worker legislation that Republicans jammed through the legislature last Thursday, they also made sure to throw in some equally outrageous attacks in their War on Women. Bills were passed as part of their overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that include prohibitions on access to abortion for Michigan women. Additionally, they passed a bill that will force ALL women covered by health insurance in Michigan to purchase separate riders covering abortion services.

S.B. 613 was referred to the Insurance Committee — Prevents abortion coverage by an insurance policies in the health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”.) This is part of the overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

S.B. 614 was referred to the Insurance Committee — Forces women to buy a separate rider for abortion coverage for any insurance policy purchased in Michigan. From the Senate Fiscal Agency’s analysis, the bill will:

Prohibit a licensee or registrant, or a health facility or agency, from accepting reimbursement from a qualified health plan, policy, certificate, or contract for elective abortion services unless the reimbursement were from an optional rider.

House Substitute for S.B. 1293 was passed by both chambers and given “immediate effect” — Revises the insurance code of 1956 to prevent abortion coverage by an insurance policies in the health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and forces women to buy a separate rider for abortion coverage. This is part of the overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

House Substitute for S.B. 1294 was passed by both chambers and given “immediate effect” — Amends the nonprofit health care corporation reform act to prevent abortion coverage by an insurance policies in the health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and forces women to buy a separate rider for abortion coverage. This is part of the overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

I spoke with Rana Elmir, the Communications Director for the ACLU, about this she told me that these laws, passed while nobody was paying attention, are an egregious assault on the ability of Michigan women to have access to safe and legal abortions. “No woman plans for an unplanned pregnacy,” Elmir said. “What’s worse is that insurance companies aren’t even required to provide riders. So women who are covered by existing health insurance may not even have that option.”

The ACLU of Michigan has taken to the twitters using the hashtag #coverme and tweeting directly to target BCBSM and their CEO. Follow the ACLU’s action on this and other issues at their blog HERE.

All of this is being done now, during the lame duck session, because Republicans know they don’t have the votes to jam these bills through after the new legislators elected in November are sworn in. It’s against the will of most of Michigan and assault on our state’s women. Period.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2253886 Nick Laws

    I’ve had it with these pigs.

  • WistPati

    What about Viagra? Why should insurance companies pay for something that isn’t life threatening? Oh I forgot..it’s MEN who control what people get and they don’t give a darn about women. I think many would prefer women were unable to vote and were back to being chattels. Moroons.

  • dkmich

    May a 1,000 fleas infest their armpits – what @ss0s.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Kitzul/100001974408592 Deborah Kitzul

      how about sending those fleas southward, just below their naval.

  • http://www.facebook.com/herb.andler Herb Andler

    What would anyone expect—put repubicans in a position of power they will screw over the working class

  • cheshire_cat28

    Pay for killing your OWN kids, and don’t expect the rest of us to fund your immoral crap.

    • kirke123

      you sir are a fool. abortions carry many forms and many are performed to save a womans life, women who wanted to concieve. obviously you are lacking education about medical abortions and listen to too much fox.
      this act puts more money into health company profits for every woman will need this coverage, every woman! its all about the money and this taliban party of republicans must be shoved out of office, and this attack on personal freedoms reversed!

      • jen

        the VAST majority of abortions are for reasons other than saving a woman’s life. abortion kills a living human person. a person who’s hearts starts beating at 18 days

        • psyangster

          And I’m sure you can testify to this “based on your own experience”, right? What a joke. Yet again, another ridiculous assumption based on 0 facts.

        • Audrey27

          A unborn baby’s heartbeat does not begin until 4-5 weeks after conception. 4×7 = 28 days not 18.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Kitzul/100001974408592 Deborah Kitzul

          Jen, you obviously let emotions over logic and common sense rule your life. No one want an abortion if it can be avoided. Only sickos and lying PTB claim that lie as fact. If you are religious, fear not, God does not even consider a fetus a living human being until after it is born and God himself puts the first breath of life into it, it does not exist according to God of the Bible. A heart,though primitive and not capable of sustaining survival at this stage of development, it is not even to a fetal stage yet.

          You do not know why many women have an abortion and if you ever had severe medical complications from a pregnancy, you might have an idea of what some women go through.

  • kirke123

    well, we need the feds. obviously this gov doesnt give a damn what the people want, oh thats right hes a bussinessman who doesnt consider anyone but his pocket. its funny they are violating every procedural rules and asking to be challenged. women in this state should be really PISSED!

  • kirke123

    what has happened to we the people? this party is asking for a revolution!

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