Why We Vote: Lawmaker Says Women Should Plan Ahead in Case of Rape, Since He Carries A Spare Tire
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Once the Republicans have their way and eliminate abortion coverage from all insurance plans, you will have two choices — pay for abortions out of pocket in all circumstances, or pay a rider to ensure you have coverage just in case you need it.
Why would you need it? You know, in case you get pregnant via a rape. You should always plan ahead for that sort of thing, apparently. At least, so says one Kansas legislator when discussing banning insurance coverage of abortions in all cases, even rape.
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.”
First, I’m just going to set aside the spare tire comment because — well, I can’t even respond to that.
But when it comes to life insurance being compared to paying monthly for insurance so you can have an abortion in case you get pregnant after a sexual assault, there is absolutely no comparison. Life insurance is something that you pay a premium for and, if you have an accident, your family receives money to recoup costs. An abortion rider would be something you pay for in order to, if you have an unwanted or nonviable pregnancy, terminate the pregnancy without it costing even more than if you didn’t have the coverage in the first place.
Now, taking just a moment to look at the overall picture of what is being discussed, it needs to be said clearly. A Republican just suggested a woman should have to “plan ahead” and obtain insurance in case she is raped. She should have a plan ready in case she is raped. I cannot repeat that enough — a Republican lawmaker believes that women should be planning for a future in which she is raped, just in case.
Who says there isn’t a war on women?
(hat tip Blog for Choice)