‘Rape insurance’: Texas House of Representatives passes bill to make women buy extra coverage for abortions

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‘Women and parents will be faced with the horrific decision of having to purchase ‘rape insurance’ to cover them if they are victimized,’ says Democrat representative

Source:  Independent/Maya Oppenheim

A bill which forces women to buy separate insurance coverage for having an abortion has been approved by the Texas House of Representatives.

The measure will ban insurance coverage for abortions and require women who want coverage to go out of their way and buy a separate plan for an abortion.

The bill, which does not make exceptions for abortions that follow rape, incest or fetal abnormalities, now awaits a vote in the Senate.

The measure has been condemned by Democrats who argue it is equivalent to forcing women to buy “rape insurance”.

“Women and parents will be faced with the horrific decision of having to purchase ‘rape insurance’ to cover them if they are victimized,” Democratic Representative Chris Turner said in a statement. “This is not only ridiculous, but it is cruel.”

He added: “Women don’t plan to be raped. Parents don’t plan for their children to be victims of incest. Asking a woman or a parent to foresee something like that and buy supplemental insurance to cover that horrific possibility is not only ridiculous, it is cruel.”

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