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The most populous Republican state in the country, the good ole’ state of Texas, has just passed a bill in the House of Representatives that will essentially force women to buy rape insurance if they seek to have an abortion.

Critics of the bill are calling it especially cruel and a detriment to women’s health in general. If put into law, the bill will take effect as soon as Dec. 1 and force women to buy supplemental plans if they wish to have abortions, even if induced by rape.

Considering the Senate has already passed a very similar measure, and Governor Greg Abbott has already come out publicly showing his support, it’s only a matter of time before the bill gets signed.

“Women and parents will be faced with the horrific decision of having to purchase ‘rape insurance’ to cover them if they are victimized,” Democratic Representative Chris Turner said in a statement. “This is not only ridiculous, but it is cruel.”

“No woman plans to be raped. No parent plans for their child to be a victim of incest.” The idea that a woman would be forced to consider purchasing for herself – or a parent would be forced to purchase for their child – essentially a rape insurance policy should be abhorrent.”

The bill’s sponsor, Republican John Smithee, says it’s not that simple, though.

“It’s a question of economic freedom and freedom in general. This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion.”

By that, he means, he doesn’t want opponents of abortion being forced to subsidize it.

But, looking at it a different way, it will force women to completely absorb the costs of abortion. Every male in Texas with an insurance plan won’t have to pay into the pool of funds helping to support its costs. That will cost women more, which is another way for Texas Republicans to make women’s health care more expensive.

Also – if women don’t buy the supplemental insurance, which many lawmakers are betting that they won’t – it will make getting an abortion that much more unlikely.

“This bill takes us backwards,” said Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio. “This bill is about denying Texas women their right to a safe abortion.”

Currently, 10 other states ban private insurance plans from covering abortions. Texas is about to be added to that list.

Texas government, News.GroopSpeak 6 Comments [8/11/2017 12:21:10 PM]
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Zinnia

There are at least a few Democrats in Texas. Would it work for them to propose a bill banning insurance from covering viagra?

8/11/2017 3:23:13 PM

Kanna

Considering who makes abortions necessary, MEN should be assessed by the insurance companies.

8/11/2017 5:00:25 PM

The Crimson Ghost

Is there anything that Texas can't screw up or make worse? Can that state do anything right at all? What is wrong with Texas?! Can't we just let them go already? That state is useless.

8/11/2017 7:43:02 PM

Demon Duck of Doom

@Zinnia: No, the GOP are too skilled at smear campaigns.

8/12/2017 3:51:57 PM

Salami

@The Crimson Ghost

Should be noted that Texas itself is for the most part decent. Apparently its actually becoming increasingly liberal as its government becomes increasingly conservative. Its just saddled with an absolutely terrible and tyrannical government that they can't get rid of thanks to gerrymandering.

Compare North Carolina, where not only is the government terrible but the bigots actually have the votes to win elections fairly. If it weren't for lawsuits, federal law, and pressure from all kinds of groups, these folks would be unfettered and ruinous to everybody in the state (even the good people).

8/13/2017 3:44:49 AM

Azereaux

I apologize on behalf of the state of Texas to women everywhere. I'm not sure how these people keep getting into office, but I'm sure as fuck not voting for them.

Signed,

A Texan that wonders where it all went wrong

8/14/2017 8:02:28 AM

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