Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rape, Flat Tire...More or Less The Same?

During a House debate in Kansas, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Republican who supports a bill to make women pay for abortions out of pocket in all circumstances, or pay a rider to ensure you have coverage just in case you need it, explained, "We do need to plan ahead, don't we, in life?" Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican who supports abortion rights asked him, "And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with a pregnancy?" DeGraaf responded, "I have spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for."

Once the Republicans have their way and eliminate abortion coverage from all insurance plans, there 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 rape. Evidently, you should always plan ahead for that sort of thing. That's the current undertone of the current Teapublican Party who wants to ban insurance coverage of abortions in all cases, even rape.

Let's be clear, life insurance is something that you pay a premium for and, if you have an accident, your family receives the money to recoup costs. On the other hand, 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. Think about the overall picture of what is being discussed because it needs to be stated 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. Did you get that? --- a Republican lawmaker believes that women should be planning for a future in which she is raped, just in case. Does anyone still doubt there is a war on women? Read the full article from the McPherson Sentinel here.

If any Republican voting woman happens upon this site and reads this, please comment and explain to me why you vote with this party. If you don't personally believe it's right for you, that's fine and I respect that, but please explain why you'd infringe on another woman's most personal decision for something that doesn't concern you. There is no federal funding for abortion and there hasn't been since 1976 (Hyde Amendment) so please don't about talk tax payer dollars. It's an honest question and I'd love an honest answer.

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