Inconvenient Numbers Don’t Lie: Math and Abortion


by Pauline Wolak

The Michigan Legislature passed the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act today. The law will require individuals that want abortion coverage through their health insurance plan to purchase a rider. It does not make exceptions for rape or incest victims. Governor Snyder, a Republican, vetoed a similar bill last year specifically citing that lack of exception as his reason. Right to Life of Michigan, however, began a campaign to have the bill reintroduced for passage without the Governor’s signature. They collected the necessary 300,000 signatures. The bill passed both the State Senate and House and will automatically become a law in 90 days.

Democrats, in what I can only see as an effort to deflect from facts and logic, have referred to it as the “rape insurance” bill. Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) said of the bill, “This tells women who were raped … that they should have thought ahead and planned for it. Make no mistake, this is anything but a citizens’ initiative. It’s a special interest group’s perverted dream come true.”

Consider this, depending on the data, roughly 1 to 5% of abortions in the United States were because of rape or incest. Senator, I think what this bill tells 95% women is that the resulting consequences of sexual activity should be “thought ahead and planned” for. It’s a tough concept, I know.

Who the hell actually considers the consequences of their actions anymore? That’s so 1950!

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