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.

Via The McPherson Sentinel:

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)

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707 comments

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

"That means the whole Republican party should remain silent"...........pretty much! I've yet to hear anything worth resembling intelligence from anyone in the G.O.P. in a very long time..

Miriam B.
Miriam B.3 years ago

Plan ahead of rape? That is most stupid shit I've ever heard in my entire life, I think... lol

But seriously, what the ****? Well, you know, he should do the same in case my dream come trough and I can send an alien after him to impregnate his chest!

Susan O.
Susan O.3 years ago

Really. I am simply speechless. Just ... REALLY????.

Wendy Schroeder
Wendy Schroeder3 years ago

Donna B. says : What a Nit-Wit!! Some people should never open their mouth to speak.

That means the whole Republican party should remain silent.

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

Well, Ness, not sure if you realize it or not, but when one never comments and then comes into a discussion with nothing to say but to hurl an insult or attack other members personally, such as you've just done, they are called a "troll", and yes, I've been called that as well. However, I don't come into a discussion and start right off commenting ONLY to put down somebody else. In this discussion, my comments TO "Dr C" were in direct response to his to me. If you'd bothered to read what he said, then my post should make sense to you. If it doesn't, then not sure what more I can say to explain it to you. Dr. C never made any comment on the topic, period, only to criticize what I said and wasn't very good at doing that, as I said, used a bunch of symbols that made no sense and twisted what I said around completely, yet offered nothing of his own on the topic being discussed.

"The big picture here is about women's rights not your twisted thoughts on crap, yet again!".........Um, hum..........I actually posted my thoughts and opinions on womens' rights and the topic, but where are yours? Just curious, what is a "twisted thought on crap"? Are we discussing bowel movements here or rape?

Ness Watson
vanessa W.3 years ago

Diane L
You say ".NEITHER, Dr C., and your sarcasm is unwarranted. Not sure why you feel the need to try to belittle others or talk down to them like you are somehow "superior" or higher on the I.Q. level, but it isn't impressive."
and then prove you are a mighty hypocrite by going onto say:
"Dr C, you simply can't help yourself can you? You seem to even have difficulty copying & pasting. What's with the silly symbols? How many times are you going to copy and paste what I said in a comment several days ago? Tell ya' what, I'll ignore you if you do the same and stop trying to come across as somebody who is superior, intellectually. You've failed already. At least you're making progress with not making double posts, today, anyway. "

I SAY that is a massive case of the pot calling the kettle black. You couldn't be more sarcastic of you tried and self righteous as well.
Keep on task eh instead of putting down people's grammar. The big picture here is about women's rights not your twisted thoughts on crap, yet again!

Donna B.
Donna B.3 years ago

What a Nit-Wit!! Some people should never open their mouth to speak.

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

"There will most certainly be a thread at one point where we can travel the full length and breadth of where you would like to go with the conversation, but here such is but a side issue , not something to amplify into a debate as to overwhelm the thread's topic."......Dr C, you simply can't help yourself can you? You seem to even have difficulty copying & pasting. What's with the silly symbols? How many times are you going to copy and paste what I said in a comment several days ago? Tell ya' what, I'll ignore you if you do the same and stop trying to come across as somebody who is superior, intellectually. You've failed already. At least you're making progress with not making double posts, today, anyway.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue3 years ago

It does get interesting when you can't tell if the politicians hand in his vest pocket is foundling his bible or the campaign check from the insurance company or in totality if one is but being printed on the paper of the other.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue3 years ago

@Diane L.[" It will be left to others in deciding if your expressed inability to comprehend the answer is feigned or organic."........NEITHER, Dr C., and your sarcasm is unwarranted. ]

There will most certainly be a thread at one point where we can travel the full length and breadth of where you would like to go with the conversation, but here such is but a side issue , not something to amplify into a debate as to overwhelm the thread's topic.