Kansas GOP-Asshole Says Women Should be Prepared for Rape!

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  1. AlteredEgo

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    A friend of mine just re-tweeted a link to a shocking SexGenderBody posting. Apparently, a Kansas Representative, Pete DeGraaf supports a bill which is currently before the House which would make it illegal for insurance companies to offer coverage for abortions except in cases where the issue impacts the mother's health. When it was debated by Representative Barbra Bollier, also of Kansas, that rape victims should be included in the exception, SexGenderBody reports that according to the McPherson Sentinel, he had this to say:

    “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 pregnancy?”
    DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, “I have a spare tire on my car.”
    “I also have life insurance,” he added. “I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”

    Wow. I can't even comment right now. I can only report. This is why I seldom read that blog. It usually pisses me off.
     
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    Not being in the US, I feel the need to clarify...

    Do these insurance companies cover mental health treatments? Counselling and the likes?

    I'm wondering because if he were to be raped, he obviously has no risk of pregnancy, but I'd suspect he'd be in serious need of some form of mental health assistance.

    Do they generally cover STDs? or can they all be treated in the free clinics regardless of your financial standing?

    I know that neither of those are the main point of this thread, but not being over there, I don't know what is and isn't covered in general, but depending on the answer, there's a whole bigger picture he's missing, and it's a picture that could potentially bite him in the ass one day - Something that makes me happy!

    I have home insurance in case I'm robbed, or something gets broken. I'll eventually have car insurance (when I can drive) and life insurance... Surely health insurance is meant to cover those unexpected health needs when they arise? If not, and I'm misunderstanding it, then what the fuck is the point of having it?
     
  3. ManlyBanisters

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    From what I understand the bill is just to stop insurance companies allowing abortions to be insured - other health ramifications of rape are not mentioned.

    I don't see how, if abortion is legal, a state authority can tell a private individual and a private insurance company what can and can't be agreed in a private contract. It all sounds very unconstitutional to me.
     
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    Ah right, so the only thing the bill is against is the part of rape that only affects women... Got it!

    The bill has allowed for exceptions to be made, yet not in the case of rape... If he think rape is something that should be planned for, then he should be calling for all other treatments to be denied if they are required due to rape.

    Either I'm confused, or he's really bad at hiding his bias.

    The whole bill is sickening, but those attempting to make half-assed justifications for it are even fucking worse.
     
  5. AlteredEgo

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    Since he and I are both insured by the federal government, I assume we have similar coverage. I can see certain types of mental hygiene specialists, up to eight times annually with no co-payment, and no referral. With a doctor's referral I can see any other mental health specialist for up to eight sessions a year. A certain amount of in-patient behavioral medicine is covered as well.

    Should that professional prescribe medicine, I can get it generic meds with a $3 co-pay, and name brands with $9. They ship refills to my house free of charge, and only charge me a third of the co-pay.

    My insurance, which again is likely like his, will pay for me to be treated for STD's, but if I catch one and give it to my husband, he can be terminated from his job, depending what disease it is, and I would lose the insurance. Free clinics to not treat STD's to my knowledge; they only test for them. He'd be up shits creek if this legislation were to turn on him.
     
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    I always thought there was a separation of church and state? If abortion is legal why are we still debating how it's paid for? Too many emotions making rules.
     
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    Exactly Ellie. My husband's first words were the same as yours, and ManlyB's. How can the government interfere with a private company's legal dealings with a private individual? That alone is gross. Then we get to his comparison of the aftermath of rape to the aftermath of a flat tire. I know it is wrong, but I kind of hope he gets raped.
     
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    This disgusting piece of human offal is the perfect example of "small government conservative". I wouldn't be surprised at all if one day we find out that he forced himself on a woman at one time or another. After all, what's it to him, he needs only ask Jesus for forgiveness.
     
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