The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act in a Broader Context
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Democrats frequently reference the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act as the latest attack in the "War on Women" that Republicans are waging. It encompasses the wage gap, unfair hiring practices, and restrictive abortion legislation that has shut down all but one abortion clinic in Mississippi. The Opt-Out Act prompted a filibuster, was given the name "rape insurance," and was broadcast as a major affront to women's rights. These reactions suggest that the Opt-Out Act is an important piece of legislation that may set precedent for future abortion policy. A closer examination of the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act reveals that the Act does not represent a major break from either state or national abortion policy and is moderate when compared with state and national laws and that the '"rape insurance" narrative is an ineffective way to fight the Opt-Out Act.