Let's just rename Michigan Gilead and call it a day

Let's just rename Michigan Gilead and call it a day

by digby

It doesn't get much worse than this:

Both chambers of the Michigan legislature have passed a measure banning insurance coverage for abortion in private health plans unless women purchase a separate rider. And because of the way the legislation was put forward, it is set to become law despite the objections of both the state’s Democratic minority and the veto of the Republican governor.

In a charged hearing Wednesday, Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer told the story of her own rape and called the legislation “one of the most misogynistic proposals I’ve ever seen in the Michigan Legislature,” according to the Detroit Free Press. The fact that women are required to plan in advance to have an abortion, Whitmer said, “tells women who are raped … that they should have thought ahead and bought special insurance for it.”

“The fact that rape insurance is even being discussed by this body is repulsive,” she added.

“There are people in this chamber who have lived through things you can’t even imagine,” said Whitmer, referring to a colleague who had a wanted pregnancy that ended in abortion. Then she tearfully told her own story.

Yes, Michigan ladies you'll need to insure yourself against pregnancy from rape because the misogynistic pigs of the Michigan legislature think women should be forced to give birth to their rapists children. This is Handmaid's Tale come to life.