Women have never had an easy time keeping safe when roomfuls of men routinely decide how they can treat their own bodies after experiencing even the most terrifying worst-case scenarios imaginable. In the case of Texas House Bill 214, taxpayers no longer have to subsidize abortions because health insurance companies are barred from offering coverage to women who might want–or need–an abortion. Naturally, a serious conversation on the nature of abortion must take place as a result (even though the very same conversation has taken place perhaps a gazillion times in the last decade alone).
Sure, you can be for or against abortion. There are some who are pro-life because they believe life starts at conception for a number of reasons, many including religion. There are some who are pro-choice because they feel a woman has the final say in deciding what to do with her own body and what grows inside it. And then there are still others who are privately pro-life, but legally pro-choice–people who understand that their own personal opinions shouldn’t necessarily make the difference between legal and illegal or what can and can’t be covered by a health insurance provider.
Then again, that’s not necessarily what this conversation has to be about. The lawmakers who drafted this bill notably didn’t account for the various reasons that a woman might choose to have an abortion. What happens when the baby growing inside of you has biological abnormalities that might result in its death directly after birth or a life in pain? Tough luck to mother and baby both, according to Republican lawmakers. Your baby, your responsibility. You’ll have to chalk up the cash yourself if you want an abortion, even if that expenditure might break the bank. Your. Problem.
Heck, even if your baby is growing without a brain, you’ll still have to have to wait until it’s born naturally. Your insurance and the taxpayers aren’t going to help. And the lawmakers? Surely not. Unless the mom is physically in danger, there’s no one she can look to for help.
And what happens if you were impregnated during a brutal rape? Well, that’s no different. You’re the one who’s pregnant, and everything happens for a reason, right? According to the men deciding your fate, that’s just the way it is. You still need to find the cash yourself. It’s not your neighbor’s problem to help lift the burden of a crappy society.
This all means one thing: if you’re a woman and want to protect against the possibility that you might need an abortion after you’ve been raped (and since you’re female that’s already a ridiculously common scenario), then you need to pay up for “rape” insurance, or more accurately, abortion insurance. Naturally, the statistical likelihood that you could be raped increases as your yearly income decreases. In other words, the poorer you are the more likely you will be put in this situation.
Even though all these arguments were made to the lawmakers responsible for Bill 214, they were ignored. Even though it could have been made at least somewhat sensible by writing rape and fetal abnormality exceptions into the bill, these sensibilities were ignored. As per usual, the voice of the male majority squashed those who already have less of a voice in our government.