Apparently rape is like a car accident. At least, that’s what Right to Life president Barbara Listing thinks.
Last Wednesday, Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers (backed by Right to Life) approved a ballot petition to deter health insurance companies from covering abortions. Abortions wouldn’t even be covered in the case of incest or rape. If a woman did want coverage for abortions, she would have to purchase it as a separate rider. Unfortunately, no health insurance company offers this rider. It doesn’t exist.
This initiative is an attempt to run around Governor Rick Snyder, who vetoed a similar proposition last year. If the Board of State Canvassers can get signatures from 3.48 percent of all registered voters in Michigan, the Governor’s signature won’t be needed for lawmakers to adopt this policy.
When asked about why she was backing this initiative, Listing responded, “Nobody plans to have an accident in a car accident, nobody plans to have their homes flooded. You have to buy extra insurance for those.”
Let’s exam the difference between a car accident and rape. A car accident is an unintended collision of one motor vehicle with another, a stationary object, or person, resulting in injuries, death and/or loss of property. The keyword to take away from that definition is UNINTENDED. Rape on the other hand, is the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse. In other words, a rape is INTENTIONAL. And it’s a crime.
Rape is something that you can’t fully expect or prepare yourself for. Even if a woman takes every precaution imaginable, she can still be raped.
Saying rape is like a car accident goes back to good old slut shaming and victim blaming. Saying rape is like a car accident is another way of saying “well, if she didn’t want that type of attention she shouldn’t have worn that outfit.” It basically sends a message to women that it’s their fault rape happens and they need to pay the price for it.
For the complete story, please watch the video. I was unable to embed it for some reason. If you want to fight legislation and initiatives like this being put into place, please visit https://www.thisispersonal.org.