Earlier this month, Kansas legislators approved a bill that requires those who want their health insurance to cover abortion to buy supplemental policies that only cover the procedure. This is just one of the many anti-choice bills being pushed across the nation, but one Republican lawmaker has turned the spotlight on his state by voicing an unbelievably offensive rationale for the measure:
From the Associated Press:
Abortion rights supporters are skeptical, believing the bill's backers want to cut off a way for women to cover the cost of terminating pregnancies.
And Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican who supports abortion rights, questioned whether women would buy abortion-only policies long before they have crisis or unwanted pregnancies or are rape victims.
During the House's debate, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told her: "We do need to plan ahead, don't we, in life?"
Bollier asked him, "And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with a pregnancy?"
DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, "I have spare tire on my car."
"I also have life insurance," he added. "I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for."
Yeah ladies, it's your responsibility to plan for the possibility of rape. You chose to own a vagina, so you should have all the necessary tools for its upkeep. Being raped is definitely comparable to the brief annoyance of having a flat tire, so let's keep this up: The state isn't AAA, so don't expect it to help you out when you're breaking down over a devastating
accident. Tire slashing? Hmm ... maybe this metaphor is actually terrible.
But DeGraaf is definitely on target with the rest of his remarks. Rape insurance is just like having life insurance: You're definitely going to die some day, and DeGraaf thinks you're definitely going to get raped. Don't come crying to him if you didn't prepare to be the victim of a horrific crime! I mean, you can try by contacting his office, but he's not the first guy I'd look to for help.
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