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The law’s supporters argue that people against abortion shouldn’t have to subsidize it through their insurance. However, the law doesn’t include exceptions for fetal abnormalities, rape, or incest—as these aren’t classified by the state as “emergencies”—leading the opponents to call the law “rape insurance,” as women aren’t able to actually anticipate needing an abortion, let alone being raped.
“Women don’t plan to be raped. Parents don’t plan for their children to be victims of incest,” state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, said during consideration of the law, according to the Texas Tribune. “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.”
In a statement, the governor said the policy ensured that Texans won’t have to pay for a procedure “that ends the life of an unborn child.” Abbott also passed another abortion bill requiring providers to share detailed patient information on abortion complications with the state.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.