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I wanted to share a speech I intended on delivering to my Republican colleagues on the floor of the Michigan Senate today as the offensive new "rape insurance" law they passed has now taken effect. Unfortunately, they adjourned the Senate today without giving me my constitutional right to give this statement, but while they may not have wanted to hear it, I wanted to share exactly what I had planned on saying to them.

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I rise today to remind my Republican colleagues of what today is.

As of today, your rape insurance proposal is now the law of the land in Michigan.

Thanks to what every single one of you on that side of the aisle did, rape victims in Michigan that become pregnant from their attack will now be told by their doctor - and their private insurance company - that they’re on their own.

Yes, a victim of a sexual assault in Michigan will now have to face the reality that their Republican legislators – those who decry government involvement in health care on a daily basis - passed a law that does exactly that. Except it only applies to women, so apparently that doesn’t count.

And if taking away the rights of rape victims weren’t enough, thanks to what you did, Michigan women with wanted pregnancies who are told by their doctors that something has gone horribly wrong and their pregnancy must be terminated will be told that their government doesn’t think that’s necessary medical care.

They too will now face a reality that you have prevented their private insurance company from covering the exact care that’s needed, that their doctor recommends, and is in the best interest of their own health.

In short, it’s a whole new era of unequal health care you’ve created here today, an era in which women are treated as second class citizens and told their male dominated legislature and a the extremist special interest group that funds their election campaigns know far better about the types of health care coverage they should have than their own doctor does.

So I have to ask, why aren’t you speaking out proudly about this today?

Is this not exactly what you wanted?

Is this not exactly what your vote was in favor of?

Or is it because, god forbid, you actually know what you did is wrong? That you know your vote that created this disgusting law was the absolute wrong vote to make? That if you could go back in time, maybe you’d put the health and the rights of your wives and your daughters ahead of what Right to Life told you to do that day?

I know that’s true for at least some of you.

Some of you told me yourselves in private shortly after the vote was taken that you wished you had the courage to vote against this disgusting bill.

You know who you are. I don’t need to name any names here today. But if you came to me that day seeking absolution for what you did, I’m here to tell you that on behalf of the millions of women and young girls you belittled that day and whose lives you’ve hurt as a result, the answer is no.

The people of Michigan asked you not to create this law. You didn’t listen.

My colleagues and I shared deeply personal stories - stories that none of us should have had to speak about publicly but felt compelled to in an effort to get you to actually think about what you were about to do.

We tried in vain to show you that your actions would have very real and very serious consequences on countless women throughout our state, including some of us right here in this very building.

But you didn’t care. You didn’t even have the courage to stand up and respond, or utter a single word out loud as to why you were about to pass this terrible law.

You instead sat silent, content to push your voting buttons and cash the campaign check you’d soon be receiving from those who were telling you to do this.

And so, here we are today. Rape insurance is now the law of the land, and not a single one of you wants to mark the occasion. So I’m doing it for you.

As this horrible law takes effect today, I want you to remember what you did.

The next time you read a story in the news about a woman being raped, remember that you turned your back on her and told her that she doesn’t deserve every available medical option that’s available to her.

When you hear of a woman facing a difficult pregnancy, one that may sadly end prematurely, remember that you told her that her health and well-being is less important than your ability to get the endorsement of a radical special-interest group.

And when women from across the state ask you why you would do something so offensive, remember that you had a chance to stand up for them and put their interests ahead of the absolute worst of what politics can be, and you chose not to.

I’m proud to know that I come here every day and fight to make Michigan a better place for my 2 daughters. But I’m disgusted to know that they’re now growing up in a state in which this kind of misogyny is now the law of the land.

I had to agree when I heard Rachel Maddow say this about our legislature just last night: “Over the last few years, Michigan state government has become way more insane than anyone nationally gives them credit for.”

Well, you may not be getting enough credit for it nationally, but across our state, the people know this exact kind of insanity happening here at their Capitol all too well.

I’m going to keep fighting on their behalf, and I can promise you that there are a whole lot of people out there ready to keep on fighting with me.

I haven’t forgotten what today means. Nor have the people of Michigan.

And you better believe we’re going to remember it November as well.    

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Senate Democratic Leader
                                                                                                                                           

Originally posted to GretchenWhitmer on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM PDT.

Also republished by Michigan, My Michigan and Motor City Kossacks.

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  •  I appreciate your efforts to keep this bill from (37+ / 0-)

    passing.

    Hopefully courts will rule it unconstitutional.

    But even if they do, it's a sad day when some people allow personal ideology to allow them to dictate their moral views upon the public, and when others are afraid to stand up to them.

    •  Has to be unconstitutional, undue burden (13+ / 0-)

      on exercising a right.

      you cannot legislate away a right, and abortion services are a right at the moment, according to the courts.

      "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

      by merrywidow on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 02:20:54 PM PDT

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    •  This isn't a moral view it is a weapon to use (13+ / 0-)

      against women.

      Republicans attack, women, racial minorities, intellectuals, homosexuals, non Judeo-Christians, anybody who is poor, the sick, the elderly.....

      They have an ideology that is almost totally lacking in morality.

      •  A fraction of small minded decide our fate? (5+ / 0-)

        It is immoral!  The way this new Tea Party/GOP are shaming the country to the world has to end.
        I honestly feel it is a National security issue at this point. It's American credibility on the line.
        The small group of CPAC people in that audience voted for the guy who wants to put "Whites Only" signs in public places again. Point is, " a small group"!! Media failed to mention how small a group bothered to show up for  more red meat/hatred. Isn't it time they were stopped from claiming they represent us all?
        These backwards people have long gone off the cliff from reasonable to shamefully backwards. They do not speak with facts or truth and it's time that media began doing it's job and asking questions, demanding facts be separated from games.
        We need truth in media laws like Canada. We also need to stop being forced to buy that this small group of red meat, hatred pushing racists speak for us all. These people and Fox, must either wake up or be silenced. Would we put a functioning illiterate on TV and buy what they said as facts? What is the difference between that and these people? Unfortunately, some people don't seem to know one fact from these games. Is this GOP game any different than announcing on TV, the world will end tomorrow and causing a nation wide panic? Seriously, it's beyond ridiculous. It's embarrassing.

        •  Uber-Menchen (0+ / 0-)

          The irrational fear invoking an insidious incitement through propaganda have made Amerika an animal in its death throes.  Europe, once our friend is now  moving away from US and repudiating alliances with US by forming or attempting to from a complete EU to counteract our Trade, Money and Banking control of its territories, realizing that they no longer need or want us dominating their internal policies either social, economic or political.  If it were possible financially I would leave the land of my birth out of embarrassment and shame for the way it has inappropriately exercised its power since JFK's murder!

      •  Republicans in Michigan legislature - (0+ / 0-)

        Clearly you have no moral compass, and lack even the slightest bit of integrity, and understanding of the place you have put your, wives, and / or daughters.

        Your actions are reprehensible, unconscionable.

    •  ACA (1+ / 0-)
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      JuliathePoet

      What about the ACA?  Can a state make a federally legal medical procedure illegal now that we have the ACA?  Wouldn't that constitute health care below the legal requirements and wouldn't insurance companies who didn't provide it for whatever reason be below standard?  That should make insurance companies react---in a sane country.  There's the rub.

  •  This would have been popular in Germany in the (7+ / 0-)

    1940s.  That's what their way of governing was like.

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:55:19 PM PDT

    •  Agreed (6+ / 0-)

      The far right is targeting the same groups as pre WWII.

      •  With Media help. (3+ / 0-)
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        ngh, JuliathePoet, Tex Arcana

        The GOP of today, on their own, are enough of a reason to roll back regulations on media. It's one thing to have an opinion, but to purposely misinform millions, is quickly going to make this country be seen as a racist backwards ignorant country. No amount of money we waste on a Military will matter if no one stands up for America. Who would when this is on TV and the world is lead to assume"They represent real American's with thinking minds"? It's not just Political any more. Perhaps boycotting companies isn't enough. Perhaps media needs a lesson in choosing to do their job or be put off the air. This is why we need regulations on media ownership. Also, When politicians lie out right, someone needs to shame them out of office and make them step down. Cruz, Paul Ryan etc. lie out right and media helps. This new Insurance is just another American embarrassment to me. No wonder more and more people are moving away and giving up their passports and citizenship. This is beyond nonsense, it embarrasses me to the core that anyone would vote for this law or that American women, in any state, in 2014 would need crime insurance..

        •  Michigan State Legisoature (0+ / 0-)

          It is incomprehensible that any woman would vote for any member of the Michigan legislature who would vote for this legislation.

        •  Amerika is and always has been Racist (0+ / 0-)

          Sir,
          I think you had better study the real history of Amerika.  It has never failed to be anything but racist, built on blood, iron, steel, murder, theft of lands, and WAR!  Starting with the Native Peoples, then Slavery, Jingoistic expansionism leading to overt Imperialism in nearly every nation on the Pacific Rim, and Central and South Amerika, including Hawaii, the Philippines, Indo-China, S.E. Asia, the Malaysian Archipelago, China, Japan ad nausem Amerika has always sought to enslave and conquer vat regions of the World, including a covert invasion of Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution to stop Communism due to Amerikan investments there.  Money and Banking, Trade Markets, Capitalism have made Amerika a rapacious and aggressive Power enslaving free and independent Nations wherever it goes and calling it Free TRADE.

  •  So much sexual dysfunction (7+ / 0-)

    and gender-role inadequacy among these unevolved toads, so little time to get it legislated...

    •  What did toads every do to you? Clearly these (3+ / 0-)
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      slowbutsure, Bartskid1, Tex Arcana

      are more akin to the amoebae that cause dysentery.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:07:46 AM PDT

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      •  It's not fair (4+ / 0-)

        to compare any living creature to these people. Dysentery-causing amoebae may be unpleasant, but they're unthinking beings with no intentions. Right-wing Republicans have capacity for thought, albeit little, and they  certainly have intentions.

        •  Republicans in Michigan State legislature (0+ / 0-)

          I would seriously question the ability of these members of the legislature ability to think.  Certainly they are incapable of reasoning.

          •  I disagree.. they ARE thinking, and reasoning (1+ / 0-)
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            Hholly

            BUT their thought and reasoning processes are WOEFULLY impaired, and insensitive to the significant societal damage their legislated "solutions to non-existent problems" cause.

            So they may be thinking and reasoning, but they are NOT doing so with a sense of compassion, courtesy, fairness or empathy for those that their draconian policies will affect and injure.

            Such is what ideology brings. Despicable!

            America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

            by dagnome on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 11:41:16 AM PDT

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  •  sadly (12+ / 0-)

    a newly recognized cancer called kochs carcinoma has found it's way to michigan as well.   hopefully, michigan voters will begin to recognize this symptom as a disease that needs to be surgically removed at the voting booth.

  •  Is this going to hurt the Michigan GOP? (2+ / 0-)
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    MarkW53, dalef77

    When November rolls around?

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 02:04:40 PM PDT

    •  I Hope So (3+ / 0-)
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      tickledpeep, JuliathePoet, rabrad

      I hope this deals them a mortal blow, but MI isn't the solid blue state it used to be.  The district I lived in was turning red before my eyes, sad to say.  It used to be a community where many GM employees lived, but we all know the story of the American auto industry, don't we?

      •  Anti-UNIONSIM under Reagan (0+ / 0-)

        Put the blame where it belongs.  Many of you folks in UNIONS misguidedly voted for Reagan. I know, I argued with many UNION MEMBERS in 79 against voting for him to no avail.  I will tell you this: when the guy with whom I argued most strenuously; a WWII Big Red ONE Vet died and another guy his friend came by to collect for a condolence to his wife and sign a card ~ I told him, "WELL WE ALL GOTTA GO sometime and waved off on doing either!  He is and was a fool and though a VET who fought NAZISM in EUROPE ~ he went along with it by voting for REAGAN!  ONE of the first things Hitler did in Germany when he rose to power on Jan 30, 1933 was to abolish all UNIONS!  Think on that Bucko the next time you vote for a Republican!  Maybe if more GD Amerikans would read and study HISTORY and READ IN GENERAL and learn how AMERIKAN POLITICS work WE wouldn't have so many Shite heads in Congress and State Legislatures, County Commissions and City Councils, but that'll never happen, I have concluded!

  •  Any chance at all we can send you some help (5+ / 0-)

    this fall?

    "Leave us alone!" -Mike Capuano

    by Christian Dem in NC on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 02:05:07 PM PDT

  •  Not logical (4+ / 0-)

    So do they intend on making all crime the responsibility of the victim(s) now? We all pay for crime every day and if one of the consequences is paying for the victim of the crime to rehab (mentally, physically or otherwise), then that is society's responsibility. If I had to pay for an abortion, I would make sure that I ruin the life of the crime perpetrator in return (possibly ending it). If they can commit a crime and I have to pay, then that means I get to commit a crime against them and they have to pay (for their own funeral). There is a reason rape is a crime just as there is a reason murder is a crime. We can't have a society without recognizing crime for what it is and helping the victims. That is called anarchy.

  •  Republican Messaging (12+ / 0-)

    Republicans say they are losing women voters because their messaging isn't selling to women.  Oh, it's selling all right and they know it.  That's why the Republican weasels didn't want you to speak.  It's an old marketing cliché:  you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.  Thank you, Gretchen, for speaking out on this atrocity.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 04:03:12 PM PDT

  •  Good speech (5+ / 0-)

    Quite powerful.

    "We need institutions and cultural norms that make us better than we tend to be. It seems to me that the greatest challenge we now face is to build them." -Sam Harris, neuroscientist

    by MarthaPeregrine on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 04:14:40 PM PDT

  •  As the father of two daughters... (9+ / 0-)

    ... MI is officially a place that I will never consider visiting and spending my money in.

    Any state with residents who elect these kind of sick f***s scares the everloving hell out of me.

  •  Thank you, Sen. Whitmer, for speaking (5+ / 0-)

    the truth. Time to put these reactionary legislators back out on the streets and out of our House and Senate.

    Support Small Business: Shop Kos Katalogue If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

    by peregrine kate on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 05:24:44 PM PDT

  •  Appeal it on the grounds of equal protection. (4+ / 0-)

    Men should also have rape insurance since they are the rapists and so should have to shoulder their part of the "responsibility" that Republicans push so hard.

    Why do the spineless Dims not use as a PR tool that fact that Republicans do not hold fathers responsible for the children that they don't want, thus increasing the need from abortion when they desert the mother and THEIR fetus.

  •  Too bad this didn't reach the rec list. (1+ / 0-)
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    mungley

    I only saw this because of the hidden troll comment.

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:54:55 PM PDT

  •  Government Overreach (1+ / 0-)
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    raspberryberet

    How hypocritical. Please Michigan vote these insane people out. Street campaigns. They've basically banned abortion in Michigan. Can't you sue them on the grounds that they violated your constitutional rights @GretchenWhitmer not allowing you to speak? So pompous.  

  •  adjourn (0+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, they adjourned the Senate today without giving me my constitutional right to give this statement...appears to be a trend

  •  Well stated, Ms. Whitmer.... Well stated. I hope (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lilyoolily, raspberryberet

    that the voters in your state wake up to the onslaught of overzealous legislation proposed and passed by politicians that are spiteful and ignorant about life and just what is important to their constituents these days.  Unfortunately, your state is but of a handful that operates with an agenda that is disgusting and downright disrespectful to women and other members of society.  All of these social legislative actions aren't just happenstance, but rather a well thought out, and very planned strategy by some with the money and influence in this country to create a bought and paid for utopia that would only benefit the few.

    Keep up the good fight and as we say here in North Carolina with our share of disgusting legislative policies rammed through by the Tea Party/Republicans and feckless governor that has taken this state back in time 50 years:

    Forward Together, Not One Step Back.

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:51:47 AM PDT

    •  Righteous indignation (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      raspberryberet

      has been increasingly effective in galvanizing people through the Moral Mondays protest gatherings in NC... Maybe there are people in the state of MI willing to use that vehicle to increase awareness, mobilize people to action and impact the GOTV efforts for midterm and statewide elections?

  •  Thank You Gretchen (2+ / 0-)
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    Lilyoolily, raspberryberet

    For standing up.  I hope that the courts will find this law unconstitutional.  I hope that when the Senate reconvenes you will indeed give your speech.  

  •  Americans voted for this! (0+ / 0-)

    We won't make that mistake again!

    I hope.

  •  bizarre AmeriKa (1+ / 0-)
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    raspberryberet

    ... as USUAL, these days ... unfortunately.... well.. you DO have an election coming up ... hopefully people will actually ATTEND/PARTICIPATE in the damn thing ...

  •  Another dastardly event taken place near the Ides (2+ / 0-)
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    raspberryberet, pangolinx

    of March - Celebrate Rape Day in Michigan!!! Gretchen Whitmer for the US Senate! I'm sure glad that she made this statement. And in reference to her excellent point about these miscreants who voted because someone told them to, in the form of campaign funds, I would love to see the DK make a list up and publish it of those who voted for this unconscionable law - but we need to know WHO their silent donors are and HOW MUCH they had to pay to buy the votes of this hapless group of scoundrels.

  •  Viraga (2+ / 0-)
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    raspberryberet, pangolinx

    Michigan wants women to have rape insurance but men get all the ED pills they want. Men get their ED pills fully paid for by the insurance companies.

  •  Sent this to my parents... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    raspberryberet, catilinus

    ...who still live in Michigan. They had no idea this existed (way to go, Michigan news agencies), and they agreed that it was going too far. For the record, my parents are devout Catholics and the most pro-life people I know. Personally, I'm just glad I don't live there anymore.

  •  Why do Repugs hate thier mother's,sister's so much (1+ / 0-)
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    raspberryberet

    so much for family values i guess.

  •  Thank you for your efforts (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you, Senator Whitmer, for taking up this worthwhile cause and for championing it so vigorously.  You are absolutely correct.

  •  Must we insure ourselves for other crimes too? (1+ / 0-)
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    chickenfarmerwood

    I can't be the only person who feels this is beyond nonsense. What next murder insurance..I forget, rape in America is still the only crime that puts the victim on trial.
    Except of course in Stand Your Gun States...where if you're white you're cleared, if you're not you get life for defending yourself.
    Have we had enough of this nation shaming ignorance yet?
    The world listens and must assume, if we vote for these people, we must agree.
    Democrats better turn out, and vote these people out. Or, they can kiss more rights and progress goodby.

  •  If its not delared unconstitutional, (0+ / 0-)

    we will know exactly how the vote went. And since hypocrisy is the definition of conservatism I am pretty sure all who voted for this bill are pro life and yet they sign a bill which will lead to babies dying.

  •  I am ashamed... (0+ / 0-)

    but not surprised.

    So thanks Michigan.

    Thanks for RE-VICTIMIZING VICTIMS.

    How proud you must be.

    I hope you're able to stand before your God in all your pride and judgement of those who had their rights and will VIOLENTLY RIPPED AWAY from them once already, in one of the most intimate and damaging way that a woman can be abused...  and that you're able to stand before your God... the VERY SAME GOD WHO GAVE US FREE WILL... and explain just how you came to the conclusion that YOU were ABOVE GOD HIMSELF.

    I am ashamed. Not surprised, but deeply, deeply ashamed.

    And as a rape survivor..... I can only say THANK GOD it didn't happen in this day and age... in this state... where the horror of having my choices as to how to handle the consequence to having my choice VIOLENTLY RIPPED AWAY from me at the hands of my attacker was only surpassed by the horror of having my state VIOLENTLY RIP AWAY what choices I had left available to me.

     Leaving us raped again... by our governors.

    Thanks, Michigan.

  •  Made me too sad to finish reading. (0+ / 0-)

    I left the page open, but went on to do other things.  I've come back and finished it, but am no less sad.  

    I wish I knew how to combat this thinking. Of course, i suppose they think they need to combat my way of thinking.  

    Let me add my voice to the chorus of those who've thanked you for standing up to them.  More of us need to do that, though my gut reaction is to move to another solar system....

  •  Conservative politicians (0+ / 0-)

    make me want to vomit.

  •  ALL THINGS BEING FAIR... (2+ / 0-)
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    nutmegan, Vericima

    If a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of a sexual assault, and who will now be denied an abortion thanks to Michigan's new "rape insurance" law, manages to track down her rapist and goes all Lorena Bobbitt on his ass, will HIS health insurance plan then cover the cost of repairing/replacing his dick? Just wondering...

  •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

    I wish you had gotten the opportunity to say it on the floor.

    "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."~~~ Horace Mann

    by nutmegan on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:22:08 PM PDT

  •  The most disgusting thing about this bill... (0+ / 0-)

    seemed to be the attitude that all women were going to be eventually raped, it was just a matter of when it was going to happen.
       So by their logic, if a woman didn't plan for such a "eventuality" it was basically all the women's fault.
       Never mind that there are guys who get raped too, let's promote a whole culture of victim-blaming, and rape culture!!
        And hey, let's do it under the disguise of it being all about pro-life and being against abortion! Because hey, all those sluts probably deserved to get knocked up regardless of the tragic circumstances that they were put into!!

  •  PATHETIC (0+ / 0-)

    These mother f&*()kers want their pinchi penus pumps paid for and their Viagra, but they don't want to cover medical care necessary for women! THAT SHOWS HOW MUCH THEY RESPECT AND LOVE THEIR WIVES, DAUGHTERS, AND MOTHERS!! WOW!! The women related to these human pieces of trash should be very proud, they are setting women's rights back 100 years!!! These inbred losers really need to die off, or we are going to go back to the caveman days, and these retarded, cowardly, low-life, trashy, low self-esteemed women in their lives are letting them do it!!!!!!!!!!!  I hope you enjoy the fact you are betraying your own gender by helping your trashy family male bitc$%^& do this!!!! Sickening, I hope they get the fate that waits for them in hell, and very soon!!!!!!!!!! They deserve every suffering they will every get from now until eternity!!!!!! Both the male trash and the female trash that support them!!!

  •  No stop to misogynistic policies on the horizon... (0+ / 0-)

    I commend Michigan state Senator Gretchen Whitmer for the remarks she'd intended, but was denied, to make to her Republican colleagues marking this day of infamy in the state's history, when the new "rape insurance" law became effective. The only thing worse than the 100% GOP vote of approval for this legislation is the hypocrisy of the ones who have privately confessed to wishing they'd had the balls to vote no. These spineless Republicans don't even act with the courage of their convictions, instead selling their votes to radical pro-life groups.

    Although I hate to say it, Senator Whitmer is being either completely naive or unable to face the sad truth regarding her assertion that the Michigan voters will remember this terrible law when the November elections roll around. AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN. For some inexplicable reason, America's fickle voters have notoriously and shamefully short memories. Remember how badly the Republicans' approval ratings plummeted during and immediately after the government shutdown they caused last October? Well, those numbers have bounced back up, and now President Obama and the Democrats are taking a hit in their popularity among the American people.

    The problem that the Democrats have failed to realize and worked toward remedying is that with policies such as Michigan's revolting "rape insurance" law, it's the Republican-led STATE LEGISLATURES, NOT CONGRESS, that are pushing this type of legislation through. Until liberal voters start going to the ballot boxes in special, mid-term and off-year elections, this will not change. Progressive and independent voters claim to detest the GOP overall in general, but they aren't singling out specific conservative candidates in important local and state elections. Democrats must begin targeting certain uber-conservative politicians in local and statewide elections in order to effect overall policy changes toward more progressive causes. Until we do that, then the states and Congress will continue to legislate issues like women's reproductive health, religion and morality. If we keep doing what we've been doing, then we'll keep getting what we've been getting. If Democrats aren't careful and don't become proactive in effecting changes in the makeup of the local, state and federal governments and the laws they pass, then progressives' complacency could very well be our downfall come November.

  •  Gutless Michigan legislators (0+ / 0-)

    My comment is what a bunch of ball-less wonders they have in Michigan!  If they can dictate women's health then women should have a say about mens health care.  No more Viagra, no more penis pumps.  I'd even go as far as telling women in Michigan tell them NO MORE SEX!  I hope Michigan's voters vote out these ball-less wonders and get some candidates with brains and gumption.

  •  NEONAZISM IS HERE (0+ / 0-)

    AND I THOUGHT OHIO IS BAD!  One thing is abundantly clear to me: Hitler was absolutely correct in his assessment that his regime would rise again.  In his last moments with Bormann Goebbels and other Party big-wigs he said that not only would his ideology survive its temporary defeat, but a new and more powerful version would rise and establish a much greater future for his ideas than even he could imagine.  Our complicity with Hitler through the Bushes and Nixon/Reagan with their fierce hatred of Communism, has finally surfaced for what it was all along.  Racism, Nationalism, Power exercised by an oligarchic plutocracy would succeed, and his dream of a 4th Reich is now surfacing in our city, country, State, and Federal ruler-ships.  Aryan Supremacy, Genocide, Genetic Experimentation, Eugenics, Euthanasia, Abortion, Survival of the Fittest, Law of the Jungle: (ideas as olde as humanity itself) continue to reappear sometimes with new packaging, but the same old, same old, tried and failed ideas persist!  That is because man is inherently an animal. a savage, from the Island of Dr. Moreau without conscience and given to his own design destined to self-destruct as all other great civilizations rose and fell ~ SO WILL THIS ONE!

  •  Women's rights - still under attack (1+ / 0-)
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    BeninSC

    After witnessing the advances decades ago, it is mind-boggling to see all the back-sliding on women's reproductive rights recently.  But there were signs that this might be coming 20 years ago.  It started when most voters weren't watching this issue because they assumed it was a done deal.  The pressure from the right has been relentless.  And moderate (and even some left-leaning) voters accepted candidates who weren't willing to stand up for women's rights.

    Now there are parts of the country where women's rights have been severely degraded.  Hopefully more moderate voters will finally take notice and say "enough".

    Thank you Senator Whitmer for being a strong advocate for women's rights.  I hope Michigan voters will continue to support you and will recognize that they need to prioritize this area when they go to vote next time.

     

    Sometimes reality sucks, but it's really all we have.

    by CindyV on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 03:35:45 PM PDT

  •  I stand and applaud Ms. Whitmer. (2+ / 0-)
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    dconrad, belinda ridgewood

    Thank you for continuing to challenge the bullies in the Republican majority who have perverted democracy in Lansing to push their callous agenda. I'm ashamed to tell people I'm from this backward state, and I hope I live to see these corrupt misogynists and their spineless rubber-stamp governor removed from power.

  •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you, Sen. Whitmer, for standing up against this abominable law, for marking its deplorable entry into effect, and for fighting for the rights and dignity of all Michiganders, women and men, but most especially women, since their rights are especially targeted by the Republicans in the legislature. Keep fighting the good fight, and know that we support you in that fight.

    La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues, et de voler du pain.

    by dconrad on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 12:06:36 PM PDT

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