The new bill that Texas passed in the House of Representatives states that women must buy rape insurance if they seek to have an abortion.
According to critics, the bill is especially cruel and a detriment to women’s health in general. Should it be put into law, it will take effect from Dec. 1st, and will force women to buy supplemental plans if they wish to have abortions, and even those impregnated by rape will have to do it.
Since the Senate already passed a very similar measure, and Governor Greg Abbott has already come out publicly showing his support, it’s only a matter of time before the bill gets signed.
“Women and parents will be faced with the horrific decision of having to purchase ‘rape insurance’ to cover them if they are victimized. This is not only ridiculous, but it is cruel,” Democratic Representative Chris Turner said in a statement.
“No woman plans to be raped. No parent plans for their child to be a victim of incest.” The idea that a woman would be forced to consider purchasing for herself – or a parent would be forced to purchase for their child – essentially a rape insurance policy should be abhorrent.”
According to the bill’s sponsor, Republican John Smithee, it’s not that simple, though.
“It’s a question of economic freedom and freedom in general. This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion.”
The bill will force women to completely absorb the costs of abortion.
Furthermore, if women don’t buy the supplemental insurance, their abortion will unlikely happen.
“This bill takes us backwards,” said Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio. “This bill is about denying Texas women their right to a safe abortion.”
Currently, 10 other states ban private insurance plans from covering abortions. Texas is about to be added to that list.