Now that our lawmakers have begun their summer break, Democrats launched an effort to repeal a controversial new state law mandating women buy a rider on their health insurance if they want to have abortion or miscarriage coverage, even in cases of rape and incest.
The Republican-controlled legislature passed the law prohibiting insurance companies from offering comprehensive health insurance after Right to Life of Michigan gathered signatures for a citizen’s initiative. Legislators had a choice to adopt the measure or put it to the vote of the people.
Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has long been a critic of the law, blasting it as "rape insurance." She claims if voters had the chance they would have turned thumbs down on the measure. Governor Rick Snyder rejected a similar proposal in 2012.
State Representative Sarah Roberts says of the 42 health insurers in Michigan, only seven offer the rider and women who buy insurance on their own are not able to get it because it’s only available through employer health plans.
Roberts concedes, however, that a repeal of the law is unlikely unless the public pressures lawmakers to do it.