This being the case, I suggest avoiding getting raped in Kansas. Especially if you fall pregnant as a result. This month, legislators have approved a ban on abortion coverage on general health insurance policies, the only exception being if a pregnancy risks the life of the woman. No other exceptions - not even a pregnancy as a result of sexual assault. Sam Brownback, the Governor of Kansas, has been hard at work it would seem police abortions in his state - he already approved restrictions on late-term abortions, health and safety standards for abortion clinics and getting doctors to obtain written parental permission for minors' pregnancies.
Lance Kinzer, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (and Republican) said it best in the article when he said that "this bill includes very crucial pro-life language". However, I get the feeling he wouldn't have had to spit it out like I just had to, along with another delightful quote "The fundamental issue here is not — although I wish it were — the ability to further limit legal access to abortion, but rather who pays". I could ALMOST buy that he was truly concerned about the financial welfare of those hard-up businessmen who must have to shell out bags of money for abortions.
Oh yeah, about the whole businessmen thing? Apparently the banning of abortion coverage on company health insurances is also apparently good business sense.
Supporters of the bill argue that it will protect employers who oppose abortion rights from having to pay for policies that cover the procedures.
"I would view this as an important conscience protection for Kansas business owners."So this bill isn't to protect the women affected by unwanted pregnancy, oh no no no. This is to take care of the poor business owners who find it offensive that a woman has the choice to not be pregnant. This is to help all those pro-lifers make it even harder for a woman to have an abortion. This is to help all those repugnant far-right Republicans shove their version of morality and justice down people's throats, all the while screaming it's God's will, dammit!
What's even sadder is that other states are looking to Kansas as an example for similar legislations, undoing the work of previous Democrats who fought to protect the rights of women in these states. Democratic State Rep Annie Kuether sums all this up well - that women are basically treated as second-class citizens.
In fact, to drive that point further, State Rep Pete DeGraaf has compared planning for pregnancy as a result of rape as being on the same level as planning for a flat tyre on your car.
Bollier asked him, "And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with a pregnancy?"Yeah, because every woman should be aware she could be raped at any given time! Why, it seems almost logical; she's only a second-class citizen after all. And hey, it's also one of the few places in the world where it's the victim's fault if she does get raped, outside of say Saudi Arabia, Africa and Pakistan. Oh, but don't tell the Republicans that, they hate being compared to those "savages".
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."
My friend, Grace Barton, has a proposal for DeGraaf, actually.
"Can I put something to him? Can we ban his health cover for AIDS if he gets raped and catches it?"You know what, Grace? Doesn't sound like a bad idea at all.