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Pro-choice advocates are upset with Michigan lawmakers who have just passed a controversial measure banning all insurance plans in the state from covering abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger. Women and employers must purchase a separate abortion rider if they would like the procedure covered, even in cases of rape and incest.
The law, called the “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act,” goes into affect in March. Supporters argue that it allows people who are anti-abortion to avoid paying into a plan that covers it. Opponents, however, have nicknamed the new law the “rape insurance” initiative, since it would force some women to anticipate the possibility of being raped by purchasing the extra abortion insurance ahead of time, reports The Huffington Post.
“This tells women who were raped … that they should have thought ahead and planned for it,” said Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) during debates about the new law. “Make no mistake, this is anything but a citizens’ initiative. It’s a special interest group’s perverted dream come true.”
Actually the law isn’t new. Last year, the Michigan State Legislature first passed the measure, but Governor Rick Snyder (R) vetoed it, saying he does not “believe it is appropriate to tell a woman who becomes pregnant due to a rape that she needed to select elective insurance coverage.”
Anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan rallied in response to the veto and collected more than 300,000 voter signatures on a petition this year to push for a second vote on the measure. Now, having been passed by both chambers, the bill automatically becomes law — even without Snyder’s approval.
“More than 80 percent of private insurance plans currently cover abortions, The New York Times reported, citing research organization the Guttmacher Institute. Eight states have passed similar laws banning the insurance coverage of abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, but only two of them have actually made the abortion rider available to women,” reports HuffPo.
During the debates in Michigan several Democratic women lawmakers became emotional during debates as they revealed personal stories of rape, miscarriage and abortion. State Rep. David Knezek (D) blasted the measure as misogynistic.
“This body made up of 80 percent men will make a decision that will impact 100 percent of women,” he said.
What do you think of this law?
From Black Voices
22-year-old Molly Anne Dutton was crowned Auburn University’s 100th homecoming queen this past Saturday but that’s just part of what makes her story headline worthy.
Dutton’s biological mother was a victim of a sexual assault, resulting in pregnancy. A married woman at the time, her husband gave her an ultimatum: abort the baby or face a divorce.
Dutton’s mother chose to move from California to Alabama to carry the baby to term and placed her baby girl up for adoption with the help of Lifeline’s Children Services, a Christian adoption agency in Birmingham.
Now, 22 years later, Dutton is sharing the difficult circumstances of how she was brought into the world with the goal of raising awareness and providing information about options available to women during “crisis pregnancies.” Her campaign is called “Light up LIFE” and in addition to YouTube videos and speaking on campus, she’s raising money for the Christian adoption agency that placed her with a family by selling t-shirts on campus.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Q: My husband and I dated for three years before we got married and while we were dating I got pregnant. I was nervous, excited and scared all at the same time. Around that time, we didn’t have a car, I didn’t have a steady job and I had just started college. My husband and I decided we couldn’t provide for the baby. I was scared because I knew my husband was right. I had an abortion.
Every year since then we always argue about it, but we never sit down and talk about how what happened changed our lives or how it changed my life. I think about my decision every day. I cry each time I think about it. I can’t talk to anyone about this and I feel lost. I’m a good person and I have a good heart. I know I would have made a great mother. We’ve been married for almost a year now, and I’m scared that I’m not going be able to have any more children. I love my husband very much and he’s great with kids, but I just want us to talk about what happened. What can I do to help him talk to me? I’m lost! – Anonymous
Read more at Essence.com
Is it OK to celebrate a man not having any more kids? When it comes to Slim Thug it just feels right, which is why we’re reporting that the 32-year-old decided to go under the knife to prevent making anymore babies and as a result, owing anymore child support. He posted a post-op photograph with the captions:
“#NoNewKids #NoNewBabymamas #NoMoChildSupport #NoLittleGirl just me and my 3 Boyz
I’m laying in my bed, watchin’ TV with my feet kicked up and ice pack on my balls. That’s what it’s gonna be for the night…foot surgery in the morning.”
Uhh, ok. I guess nothing, absolutely NOTHING is private anymore. But I suppose this is a responsible course of action for the rapper, who one year ago, advocated for abortion as a form of birth control, stating that:
“I think abortion is necessary on some occasions. People be against it, but people don’t deal with the real life situations some people deal with. I don’t think it’s right, I don’t think it’s good to have a baby and not be with the father. That’s part of the biggest problem. My mother, she took care of me, but she was working 7 days-a-week, 12 hours-a-day. That was a struggle, I seen how much she struggled and it was so hard coming up. I don’t even know who my daddy is. I don’t like that. I think a kid deserves both his parents. That’s why I think if you ain’t gonna be with somebody, you don’t need to have a kid with him.
Even though I got 3 baby mamas…. it’s working out. But it ain’t right. I ain’t saying wait 3 or 4 months. If it’s immediate, it’s like birth control to me.”
While that train of thought really ground my gears, his decision, now, a year later to get a vasectomy proves that some people do realize that it takes two to make a baby and that all of the pressure should not be on mothers alone to have abortions to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
So while folks are still fired up from the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict, might I entice your burgeoning Fight the Power spirits with a little petition signing?
Petitions! huh-yeah What are they good for? Absolutely Nothing. Say it again…
True, folks have made a mockery of petitioning – from the pimply faced kid with the clipboard in front of the supermarket hustling signatures for a paycheck to the person who started (as well as the people that encouraged by actually signing) a petition to get Nicci Gilbert removed from a reality television show because you just don’t like her. However hiding in the midst of the pure fuckery are some really genuine appeals, which probably could use our support.
I’m kind of feeling the White House petition site – not just because it is a direct online link to the White House but if you could rally slumbering spirits of 100,000 of your closes allies, you could possibly get the White House to respond to your appeal. I actually created one myself a few months back, appealing to the government to create a special committee for the serious inquiry into black reparations. I only got 12 signatures and a bunch of useless debating on Facebook about the value of reparations anyway. Black people couldn’t even stick together if our lives depended on it – oh wait…
Anyway, here is a list of ten other [non-reparations seeking] petitions, which you might consider signing:
Editor’s Note: To sign the following petitions click on the hyperlinked, bolded and underlined text right beneath the image.
First Rasheeda explains why Kirk came at her the wrong way. “It’s like we’ve been in a marriage for a long time and you know how it can get. It can get bad. And unfortunately ours played out in front of the world. He’s said some stuff that made me want to go in, in in. But I’m looking at it like, I’m in a place in my life where I’m so secure– for him to come at me in the crazy ways and say some of the crazy stuff he’s said. I’m really looking at him like ‘You need to deal with your issues because it’s you.’ A lot times when men come at you sideways with them crazy little remarks and little smart comments, it’s their own insecurities and something he needs to get straight.”Then in the second part of their interview, they get down to the current state of their relationship.Then Kirk explains how he felt about Rasheeda’s mom confronting him. “It was one of them things where I was saying what was on my mind. Then Rasheeda mom all in the marriage. She was going off on me like she was my mother. But she don’t know what I know. She don’t be where you [Rasheeda] be. She don’t know where your joint be.” Rasheeda responds… You know what– cuz he sounds like a fool. Kirk explains why he asked Rasheeda to get a blood test Three years ago, all of a sudden, I get a phone call. Somebody says yo I need you to get a blood test, I think this child may be yours. SO another man is raising a child. I go take the little swab test, it’s my son. So I found out I had a kid three years ago. For me as a guy, you can’t always believes what a woman tells you. Rasheeda responds… If that scarred you, I’m sorry that that scarred you but don’t come at me sideways like that. Something wrong with you.
Are ya’ll good now? Kirk: I’m working on it. That’s what I can say. Rasheeda: I ain’t did nothing. I’m very pregnant and trying to stay focused and stay strong and stay stress free so I don’t have any problems during this whole little term. Do you still want to be married? Kirk: Of course. I’m working on it. I’m trying to find myself back in a decent place. But I’m not going to be working on it and somebody telling me, ‘Go do whatever and You do you.’ I’ma try but it gotta be both people.”Check out the interview in its entirety on the next page.