The Republican-dominated Michigan state legislature pushed through a bill on Wednesday requiring women to purchase separate insurance policies if they want to have an abortion, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“I don’t think elective abortion should be a part of insurance,” state Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) told the Free Press. “This doesn’t affect access to abortion. It will still be legal when this law takes effect. Who should be required to pay? Not Michigan taxpayers.”
However, the law, which takes effect in early 2014, will also ban women from purchasing the policy after becoming pregnant under any circumstances, including rape and incest, causing opponents to refer to it as a policy on “rape insurance.”
The bill passed by a 27-11 margin in the Senate, and a 62-47 vote in the House, mostly along party lines. According to the Associated Press, state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) said during the debate that she was raped 20 years ago.
“Thank God it didn’t result in a pregnancy because I can’t imagine going through what I went through and then having to consider what to do about an unwanted pregnancy from an attacker,” Whitmer was quoted as saying. “If this were law then and I had become pregnant, I would not be able to have coverage because of this. How extreme, how extreme does this measure need to be?”
Supporters of the law cited a petition drive by the anti-abortion group Right To Life that gathered 315,477 signatures — covering about 4 percent of the state’s population — as a response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) vetoing a similar bill in 2012 as a reason to avoid a statewide referendum on this year’s bill, saying residents in each of the state’s 83 counties signed the petition.
“This is a huge government overreach and Right to Life went too far again,” state Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) told the Free Press in response. “Do not underestimate the power of a lot of angry women and the men who support us. A yes vote puts you on the wrong side of history.”
I really don’t know any other way to put this. It is fucking disgusting, DISGUSTING. I can not believe this was even considered, let alone passed. What the FUCK is wrong with people?
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John Lennon Memorial
Central Park, NYC
I had the honor and privilege to go to the John Lennon Memorial in NYC last summer. It is located in a section of Central Park called Strawberry Fields. (Very fitting!) Many, many people were gathered around this beautiful memorial on a normal Thursday afternoon; some with guitars playing and singing John’s songs. As you can see, people left rose petals in the shape of a peace sign on Mr. Lennon’s memorial. John Lennon’s impact on the world can never take away from what happened to him on this day (Dec 8) in 1980. And although I was just shy of my first birthday when it happened, he has influenced my life in ways I cannot describe in mere words. He has influenced and inspired countless people around the world. We all remember him everyday, but especially today, let’s remember the man who wanted peace and love to rule this world. Thanks for reading, Tumblr friends. :)
October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980
"You may say I’m a dreamer. But I am not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one."
"We are both sensitive people and we were hurt a lot by it. I mean, we couldn’t understand it. When you’re in love, when somebody says something like, ‘How can you be with that woman?’ you say, ‘What do you mean? I am with this goddess of love, the fulfillment of my whole life. Why are you saying this? Why do you want to throw a rock at her or punish me for being in love with her?’ Our love helped us survive it, but some of it was pretty violent. There were a few times when we nearly went under, but we managed to survive it and here we are. [John looks up] Thank you, thank you, thank you." John Lennon about his relationship & love with Yoko Ono
The Little Couple Star Dr. Jen Arnold Diagnosed With Rare Cancer!
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"If one day the speed kills me, don’t cry because I was smiling" -Paul Walker.
Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, drop some serious truth on Liz Cheney via Facebook.
Liz is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, despite living there for about five minutes, and is trying to seal the deal by out-cowboying one of Wyoming’s longtime senators, Mike Enzi. Her campaign ads are basically, “I’M MORE OF A RIGHT-WING WESTERNER THAN YOU! SO THERE! (oh BTW fuck Obama, here’s a sunset on the mountains).”
I love that Cheney and Poe are calling Liz out on this particular bullshit, and publicly. Enzi has the same stance regarding marriage equality, and god forbid a GOP candidate appear to be more *gasp* MODERATE than an opponent.