It didn’t take much time or thought for the Michigan House to rubber stamp a beyond extreme anti-choice bill with the not-so-subtle goal of ending abortion in the state. Yesterday evening, after only 20 minutes, the House voted 70 to 39 in favor of the bill. Yeah, those numbers scare me too.
This is the legislation Chloe called “the Chubby Hubby of anti-choice bills.”
Except instead of a whole bunch of delicious things rolled into one yummy ice cream, it’s a whole bunch of shitty anti-choice measures rolled into one awful bill.
At the risk of sounding like Stefon, this bill has everything: state-mandated scripts for doctors that masquerade as faux concern for women who are being coerced into abortion, new TRAP laws to make insurance more complicated and expensive for providers, stricter regulations for clinics, new rules about the disposal of fetal remains that would affect women who have miscarriages as well as abortions, and a new measure requiring the presence of a doctor for a medical abortion in a state where many women rely on tele-med prescriptions because so few counties have a provider on the ground. And, in case that wasn’t enough, a ban on all abortions after twenty weeks except to save the life of the mother. Way to go all in, Michigan.
TRAP laws are particularly insidious attempts to shut down clinics that provide abortions by making them conform to rules that simply aren’t necessary.
The bill passed despite Rep. Rashida Tlaib trying to pull a last minute Lysistrata, urging women in the state to stop having sex with men until they stood up against the bill.
The Senate is not expected to take up the bill until September, so at least there’s some time. But the state Senate is also anti-choice.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan is organizing a protest against the passage of the Chubby Hubby bill today at the Capitol Building at 10am.