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Gary Peters, U.S. Rep. for Michigan, candidate for Senate
Rep. Gary Peters
You might have thought that Michigan's rape insurance law was about as low as the anti-choice right could go. But you'd be wrong. The law bars insurance plans in Obamacare's private insurance market from covering abortion, forcing women to buy a separate rider to cover abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Democratic House member and Senate candidate Gary Peters has strongly opposed the measure, and the response is truly disgusting:
“As the father of two daughters, I struggle with how to tell them that the state we love and where our family has been for generations is now unfairly discriminating against them and makes health care less affordable,” Peters said in a statement last week.

Right to Life of Michigan — the right-wing group that was instrumental in getting the new law approved last winter — has seized on that sentiment. In a new website highlighting Peters’ abortion policy positions, the group cites Peters’ recent comments to assert that the pro-choice lawmaker “wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters.”

Did you catch that none-too-subtle slutshaming of Peters' teenage daughters? And did it make you want to vomit? This is a staggeringly vicious and stupid attack. Vicious because, again, teenage daughters. Stupid because, really, immediate family members of United States congressmen are not the people harmed by making abortion more expensive and harder to obtain. You really have to stretch to make Peters' position on this issue into a self-interested one—but stretch Right to Life of Michigan did, and the only plausible reason they did so was to take that shot at Peters' daughters. Which is entirely of a piece with this law the group supported to make life more difficult and expensive and limited for Michigan women.

Right to Life of Michigan has endorsed Terri Lynn Land, Peters' opponent in the Senate race. Peters is urging Land to "condemn these attacks for what they are—the worst of inflammatory partisan politics and nothing to do with finding solutions to the challenges facing Michigan women and our families."

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM PDT.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism and Daily Kos.

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  •  ad(vert) hominem (5+ / 0-)
    Right to Life of Michigan — the right-wing group that was instrumental in getting the new law approved last winter — has seized on that sentiment. In a new website highlighting Peters’ abortion policy positions, the group cites Peters’ recent comments to assert that the pro-choice lawmaker “wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters.”

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:25:57 AM PDT

  •  despicable- how can they even have a law like that (11+ / 0-)

    I can't imagine a court would uphold such a broad infringement on women, or on the insurance companies.

    •  Probably doesn't matter to the birthers (0+ / 0-)

      They just cannot stand to pass up an opportunity to throw rocks at normal, healthy women who refuse to hang their heads in shame for existing.  Oh, and think of the children!!!!11! - but only before they're born/a convenient excuse.

  •  Not too sure (3+ / 0-)
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    I think the attack is still directed at the Representative.

    If they had said "accessible and cheap for his teenage daughters", then there would be true outrage.

    Not that these people don't think that, but let them at least say it.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:41:09 AM PDT

    •  For his daughters (0+ / 0-)

      "wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters.”

      So his daughters are going to be slutty and his daughters are going to need frequent abortions so they will have to be cheap

      To many conservatives believe women are sluts if they enjoy sex, maybe because the conservatives have to pay for the sex that they get.  

      They single out the perceived sex for pay professionals as the one free enterprise that does not get federal assistance.  Oil, all the money they want.  Sluts, no subsidized birth control for you!

      There us also the question of procreation. I wonder if they only way they can hope to have kids is by rape.  If we have no rape exception for abortions, then they have hope for kids.

      •  So abortions should be expensive? (0+ / 0-)
        So his daughters are going to be slutty and his daughters are going to need frequent abortions so they will have to be cheap
        Sorry, but you're the one who said that.  Are you actually saying that abortions have to be expensive, because that will make sure that they're infrequent?  If abortions are cheap, women will get them all the time like fast food?

        I thought abortions were supposed to be cheap and accessible so that poor women could afford them, not so that well to do women would get them all the time.

        So how cheap is too cheap for an abortion?  Maybe there should be an abortion tax like a cigarette tax to discourage use?  And then the abortion tax will subsidize abortions for the poor?

        Brilliant!  We'll make abortions super expensive for rich women, kinda painfully expensive for middle class women, and subsidized for poor women.  But with a strict quota of only one abortion a year, to make sure poor women don't get any ideas about being slutty.

        Or maybe, just MAYBE, we can agree that accessible and cheap is the way abortions are supposed to be!  And stop with this nonsense that a cheap abortion makes women sluts.

        •  Do you really think... (0+ / 0-)

          that lowt is suggesting that cheap abortions create sluts? I ask because otherwise the argumentative nature of your post makes zero sense. If you do think that is what lowt is saying I think you should reread what lowt wrote because, to quote Inigo Montoya, I don't think it means what you think it means.

          This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

          by Tonedevil on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 03:46:47 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I quoted her/him directly (0+ / 0-)

            I can only go by what was actually said, and what the diary says.

            The diary buys directly into the GOP argument. If cheap abortions don't create slits, then there is no slutshaming. If there is slutshaming, then it does, by definition. If you're offended, I think you're on the wrong side.

            So what do you say, do you accept the right wing premise?  I offer up a full throated defense. Yes, a thousand times yes, abortions should be accessible and cheap for everyone's daughters, everywhere.

    •  How does the lack... (3+ / 0-)
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      of the modifier teenage mean the daughters aren't being maligned? Attacking the Representative and attacking his daughters is not in the least mutually exclusive.

      This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

      by Tonedevil on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:54:28 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

        Having a chance to indoctrinate more young women into what they can expect (read, "what they deserve" according to birther standards) is certainly not mutually exclusive - I'd say they view it as an added bonus - to the personal attack on Rep. Peters.

        I agree that abortion is not an easy issue, and I know a lot of people who don't agree with my stolidly pro-choice stance.  Ironically, the people I know who seem to genuinely struggle with this as a balance of ethical imperatives, are NOT the activists I see trying to roll back the clock to the dangerous (for us women) dark ages.  The rabid activists seem far more concerned with control than with ethics - or life.  They certainly prove conclusively that they have no respect for women.

        It seems to me one of the major, probably unintended, consequences of Roe is that it's no longer acceptable to spit on unwed mothers.  Since the law cannot victimize these women by refusing to recognize and respect their autonomy, that seems to have undermined the mob mentality that everyone else can dump on them also.  I think that's one of the things the birthers really miss.

  •  No one offers rape insurance (13+ / 0-)

    Would anyone in an insurance company have the guts to ask the actuary dept. to come up with price points for rape coverage? Last week, Maddow said no companies offered this coverage.

    Every time my iPhone battery gets down to 47%, I think of Mitt Romney.

    by bobinson on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:09:21 AM PDT

  •  The lack of insurance co. offering this policy, (5+ / 0-)

    shouldn't that make the law null and void? IANAL but, how can you apply a law to nothing, myth, fantasy?
    Peace and Blessings!

    “When you victim-blame, be aware that in all likelihood, at least one woman you know and love silently decides she cannot trust you.” ` Steph Guthrie

    by Penny GC on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:14:03 AM PDT

    •  Makes one wonder (1+ / 0-)
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      Why would any group oppose a potential option that isn't even offered?  Why spend precious resources on a non-existent theoretical when there are plenty of other threats to life much more imminent?

      Unless, of course, it isn't actually life that matters to them.  I doubt that's news to any of us here.

      I don't think the lack of offered coverage nullifies this law, but it certainly does make it unnecessary, as I think you are pointing out, Penny GC.  Good point.

  •  Such a cheap shot. (5+ / 0-)
    “wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters.”
    I guess a response equivalent to that would be, "No congressman. We just want to make sure women have the access to safe abortion that your mother probably wished she'd had."

    But of course we'd never say anything so rude and personally insulting in the first place.

    "A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy"-- James Madison

    by Bad Cog on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:14:56 AM PDT

  •  I just sent an email full of swear words and (5+ / 0-)

    accusations of pedophilia to Michigan Right to Life for slut-shaming children at, also here are several phone numbers:

    State Central Resource Center
    2340 Porter St., SW
    P.O. Box 901
    Grand Rapids, MI 49509-0901
    TEL: (616) 532-2300
    FAX: (616) 532-3461

    Mid-Michigan Resource Center
    233 N. Walnut St.
    Lansing, MI 48933
    TEL: (517) 487-3376
    FAX: (517) 487-6453

    Ann Arbor Resource Center
    24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
    P.O. Box 493
    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
    TEL: (734) 930-7474
    FAX: (734) 930-7479

    Macomb County Resource Center
    27417 Harper
    St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
    TEL: (586) 774-6050
    FAX: (586) 774-5192

    SE Michigan
    PO Box 814
    Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
    TEL: (313) 212-1326

    Wayne County Resource Center
    2010 Eureka Road
    Wyandotte, MI 48192
    TEL: (734) 282-6100
    FAX: (734) 282-6218

    The Mid-Michigan Resource Center is in charge of their public policy. and state legislation initiatives.

    I'm not actually sure if Peters' daughters are minors but the anti-choice crowd doesn't let facts stand in their way so neither will I. Let's tell these freaks they've crossed the line with their perverted obsession with punishing women and children.

    Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

    by bull8807 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:19:53 AM PDT

  •  that's the GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    keepin it classy.

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:27:25 AM PDT

  •  This is one-stop shopping (7+ / 0-)

    for this forced birth group. By asserting that Rep. Peters only "wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters” they get to slut-shame the girls, the party of their father AND call their dad (and his party) a pimp.

    It doesn't have to be "right." It just has to work for them.

    Darling, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?

    by JrCrone on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:28:04 AM PDT

  •  And here I thought (7+ / 0-)

    Fred Phelps  was dead...
    Got my hopes up.

  •  “wants to make sure abortion is accessible and.. (8+ / 0-)

    .. cheap for his daughters.”

    Yeah. if only Rep. Gary Peters daughters were "very busy enough" they wouldn't need equal pay either

    Limbaugh Slut shaming meme really has taken center stage in the GOP agenda.

    This tells me that republican't party has zero intention of trying to "broaden their base" for women, minorities, immigrants, LGBT, iow's any person who is not white.

    The republican't plan is to:

    1) keep as many of the non-white population (Dems specifically) from voting

    2) foment fear/hatred and anger amongst the white republicans voters enough to GOTV

    These asshole republicans must have taken Phylis Schlafly's and ALEC founder Paul Weyrich's plan:
    stop Dems from voting/ voter suppression and get the hatred bigotry and fear going strong amongst the aging and shrinking GOP base hoping to get just enough to overcome the demographics they cannot control

  •  Right to Life of Michigan (11+ / 0-)

    doesn't care two whits about life:

    At issue was DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital, which manages a national neonatal care research program, and the birth of 5,000 babies annually. That’s 5,000 lives, many of them premature and measured by the ounce.

    For years, the state has helped Hutzel precisely because of the hospital’s unique role delivering babies to mostly poor women. But citing Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Rick Snyder yanked the hospital’s funding in the 2014 budget. DMC lobbied to reinstate it: without state support, the hospital gets no matching federal funding for its neonatal research program...

    So where was Ed Rivet, Right to Life’s phenomenally successful and influential lobbyist?...

    (W)hen a DMC lobbyist asked Rivet, the lobbyist, for help, Rivet opted out.

    Rivet argues he wasn't needed to get the funding, yet
    The Legislature slashed funding, appropriating $3.5 million to Hutzel that will generate about $10 million in total, using federal matching funds. That restores half the funding lost, with no guarantees for 2015. The hospital says it loses $30 million annually. In 2014, DMC, now a for-profit hospital, has promised to absorb the shortfall.

    “How long can you sustain a $30 million loss?” says Sen. Kahn, who is a physician. Told that Rivet believed there would be another opportunity to fund Hutzel in 2014, Kahn was doubtful: “I don’t think that it’s very likely,” he said.

    Right to Life, my ass.

    "Get over it...and get out of the way." -- Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

    by mspicata on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:44:10 AM PDT

  •  What They Are Actually Saying (6+ / 0-)

    I've had conservatives send me their standard anti-liberal propaganda. It reads like hate speech. To make them aware of it I have sent it back to them substituting the n word for the word "liberal". Then it reads like the hate speech it is. Occurs to me to get at the anti-woman slut shaming that is really behind the anti-choice crowds rhetoric, substitute slut for whenever they are referring to the women who would choose to terminate a pregnancy.  
    Doing that here and it gives us...

    In a new website highlighting Peters’ abortion policy positions, the group cites Peters’ recent comments to assert that the pro-choice lawmaker “wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his sluts.
  •  I'm sorry, I missed the slutshaming (2+ / 0-)
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    If I had a daughter, and I still may someday, I'd want abortion to be accessible and cheap for her also.

    If it's not accessible and cheap, it's hard to get and expensive.  Isn't accessible and cheap the goal of the pro-choice movement?  Or did I miss something?

    This is why I get upset with Democrats.  When something is accurately described the way they want it to be, suddenly it becomes a very bad thing.  No!

    The only response to this "attack" is to say:

    "Yes, exactly right.  Abortion should be accessible and cheap for everyone".

  •  They don't Wuv Babies, they Hate Women. Period. (4+ / 0-)
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    It's like the joke about the guy who was a vegetarian - not because he loved animals but because he hated plants.

    Listen to any "pro-life" dude (and 9/10 of the time it is, indeed, a dude) for 10 minutes - or better yet, ask what they want to happen AFTER they repeal Roe. You will hear a litany of horrors that make you realize that these guys whack off in the bathroom while reading The Handmaid's Tale.

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 12:11:30 PM PDT

  •  FWIW, my current 'low bar' is set as follows... (1+ / 0-)
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    You might have thought that Michigan's rape insurance law was about as low as the anti-choice right could go.
    ...when forced birthers have free rein to shoot on sight anyone they think is in favor of reproductive justice/freedom.

    And I'm not sure that's really the bottom.

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 12:12:07 PM PDT

  •  the right always resort (2+ / 0-)
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    to attacks and insults because the facts & common sense are never on their side.

    using emotion is the only way to convince voters that their argument has resonance and to blind them into agreeing to an agenda that is counterproductive to the average person in america.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  Idiots and religious fanatics (1+ / 0-)
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    The people who regard this issue as a political issue are idiots.  Abortion is a god given right.  It was acknowledged as such by the  Roe v. Wade decision. It is therefore inalienable.

    Anti abortion people are therefore anti-American and should be represented as enemies of liberty and justice and the American way.  

    This religion does not fit in my life and I want to see it kept that way.

    "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness," Allen Ginsberg

    by Hermenutic on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 02:25:07 PM PDT

  •  can we all agree that rihgt to lifers (0+ / 0-)

    are haetful people with no moral compass.

  •  I'll give $100 (0+ / 0-)

    to a fund to cover abortion insurance cost in any state that requires it, not just michigan.

  •  Pigs! (0+ / 0-)

    And really, that's an insult to pigs.

    You're gonna need a bigger boat.

    by Debby on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 07:47:23 PM PDT

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