Michigan subverted democracy this past week via “citizen petition” — a way for 4% of the population to go around a ballot initiative that would never pass and a governor who has vetoed similar legislation already. Why did they do that? To mandate that women must decide in advance if they wanted to have abortion care coverage on their insurance, even in cases of rape and fetal abnormality.
Robin Marty covered it at Care2 — As Michigan Passes ‘Rape Insurance’ Bill, One Senator Tells of Her Own Sexual Assault — and Talking Points Memo covered the democracy head fake — Michigan Legislature Passes Controversial Abortion Insurance Bill.
Hal and I discussed the broader implications, the fact that Michigan may be alone on the democracy subversion angle, but it certainly isn’t alone on the insurance restrictions for abortion care.
And I got a little love for being a co-producer, co-writer, social media director, media promoter, fundraiser for #20 on Policy Mic’s 28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013. Wait’ll they get a load of 2014…
Enhanced audio: HSRP 12/14/13 — MI Dodges Democracy With “Rape Insurance” Bill
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