It doesn’t get any more disgusting than this. Equating rape to getting a flat tire.
Such is the argument of Rep Pete DeGraaf when they debated on a debilitating anti-abortion law that prevents insurance coverage from offering coverage for abortion with the exception of the mother’s health.
I’ll let the text speak for itself
During the House discussion there was predictably some disagreement over whether excluding rape pregnancies from coverage was perhaps the sort of callous treatment a recently violated woman shouldn’t have to deal with. Here’s DeGraaf’s response to Rep. Barbara Bollier’s challenge, as reported by the McPherson Sentinel:
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 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.”
Now, having never experienced it myself, yet knowing several of my friends who have, I can safely assume it’s not the same as getting a flat tire on the side of a road. I’ve never had a friend come to me and tell her about the time she was inconvenienced on the way home and that it’s a good thing she had birth control or things would have been really bad!
I don’t even think I can put my anger into words right now. It’s incomprehensible to me that anyone would even come to this first as an argument, let alone somehow think there’s borderline rationality behind it, and yet at the same time I’m doing all I can to keep from going off in a rant about how he should have that spare tire shoved you know where and see how well prepared he is after all.
But, I’m not one to really advocate violence against an elected official, regardless of how much of a knuckle-dragging neanderthal he may be.
(I sincerely apologize to all neanderthals for that comparison…)
If it were up to Republicans and their anti-choice agenda horrific stories like this would become commonplace:
A 30-year-old Polk Township man has been arrested for his role after a 13-year-old girl performed a self-induced abortion using a pencil. Michael James Lisk has been charged with rape and concealing the death of a child.The girl had no legal access to abortion in Pennsylvania, where her parents must consent. This is the direct consequence of anti-choice zealots: taking away what dignity, respect, and alternatives left were left to a 13 year old who is being controlled, manipulated, and raped by someone more than twice her age. Way to go “pro-lifers”, what an awesome accomplishment: empowering rapists like Michael Lisk over 13 year old girls, leading her to desperately jab herself with a pencil. And as Feministe wrote at the time:
State police were alerted to the case on Sunday after staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital treated the girl, who said she conducted the “home abortion” on herself using a lead pencil last Wednesday.
She subsequently became violently ill and began having contractions before ultimately delivering a baby at her residence
her community and her culture — the people who are supposed to tell her that she’s important, that she’s loved, that she deserves pleasure, that she deserves autonomy — failed her. We fail girls all the time. We put girls in impossible, heart-wrenching positions. We give girls little autonomy and few options, and then we’re surprised when they act like animals caught in traps.
Predators like Michael James Lisk, her “boyfriend,” are entirely responsible for the crimes they commit. But this girl needed a safety net, and she did not have one.
Unsurprisingly, this story was spun as a "victory" by some "pro-lifers":
Of course, in typical “pro-lfe” fashion, LifeNews spins a 13 year-old in the hospital as a victory for the movement, because having access to a safe abortion would mean that sure, the teenager might have been more unscathed, but the alleged rapist might not have been caught as quickly.Bryan Kemper, the head of Stand True, a pro-life group reaching out to youth and young adults, informed LifeNews.com of the incident and commented on it.
He said it would not have ever made the news had the girl used an abortion drug and aborted the baby at home instead of engaging in a self-induced abortion.
"I am sure this story probably has most people wanting to vomit and cry at the same time as their hearts break for this little girl. I would also guess however that many of those same people would not even bat an eye if her method of killing her child had been a RU 486 prescription from the local Planned Parenthood," Kemper said.
"I would goes as far as saying many would praise her for making such a brave choice," he added. "The method of killing the child should not matter."
About abortion advocates and their reaction to the story, Kemper said: “I can also hear the spin now, ‘this is why we need safe and legal abortion,’” — even though abortions are already legal and are supposed to prevent such self-induced abortions.
Kemper says he’s glad Lisk was arrested and hopes he is brought to justice for his alleged crimes.
"If the girl had gone to Planned Parenthood he would probably still be raping her as I doubt they would have turned him in," Kemper explained.
Needless to say, Kemper is wrong. As a parental consent state, Pennsylvania does not have legal access to abortion for a young teen. But as always, anti-choice advocates don’t let facts, or a young women’s health, get in the way of their argument.
Now these zealots want to eliminate funding for Title X, the federal family planning program for low-income women that provides birth control, which if eliminated is predicted to actually increase the numbers of abortions by 400,000 a year. Republicans are even trying to stop private insurance providers from covering abortion. Their zealous desire to control a woman’s uterus, forcing more and more women to self-abort because they either can’t afford or have access to a safe abortion, leading to more “victories” like 13-year-olds jabbing themselves with a pencil. They’ll never let a few facts get in the way of their self-righteous, hypocritical, indignation of women:
A comprehensive global study of abortion has concluded that abortion rates are similar in countries where it is legal and those where it is not, suggesting that outlawing the procedure does little to deter women seeking it.The study also found that in Uganda, where abortion is illegal and sex education programs focus on abstinence, the estimated abortion rate was 54 abortions per 1,000 women in 2003. The rate in the U.S. was 21 per 1,000 women in 2003, and in Western Europe, where abortion is legal and contraception is widely available, the abortion rate was 12 per 1,000 women, according to the study. The abortion rate is twice that in the United States as Western Europe and it’s completely obvious why: anti-choice zealots in America have restricted family planning, contraception, and sex education. If it were up to Republicans, more and more American women would be added to the global tally of unsafe abortions. But as Robin Marty noted, “anti-choice advocates don’t let facts, or a young women’s health, get in the way of their argument”.
Moreover, the researchers found that abortion was safe in countries where it was legal, but dangerous in countries where it was outlawed and performed clandestinely. Globally, abortion accounts for 13 percent of women’s deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, and there are 31 abortions for every 100 live births, the study said.
The study indicated that about 20 million abortions that would be considered unsafe are performed each year and that 67,000 women die as a result of complications from those abortions, most in countries where abortion is illegal.
Make sure to contact your congressperson, and let them know the facts about restricing abortion access!
• The United States continues to have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world—more than twice as in Canada (27.9 per 1,000 women aged 15–19 in 2006) or Sweden (31.4 per 1,000).
• Every year, roughly nine million new STIs occur among teens and young adults in the United States. Compared with rates among teens in Canada and Western Europe, rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia among U.S. teens are extremely high.[8,9]
Teen’s Report of Formal Sex Education
•In 2006–2008, most teens aged 15–19 had received formal instruction about STIs (93%), HIV (89%) or abstinence (84%). However, about one-third of teens had not received any formal instruction about contraception; males were even less likely to receive this instruction than females (62% vs. 70%).
• Many sexually experienced teens (46% of males and 33% of females) did not receive formal instruction about contraception before they first had sex.
• About one in four adolescents (23% of females and 28% of males) received abstinence education without receiving any instruction about birth control in 2006–2008 , compared with 8–9% in 1995.
• Among teens aged 18–19, 41% report that they know little or nothing about condoms and 75% say they know little or nothing about the contraceptive pill.
doctors the one doctor who performs abortions in South Dakota is safe for now, doctors in other states may not be.
The Iowa Independent reports:
Two bills sponsored by Iowa House Republicans could have significant public safety consequences, and perhaps the most unnerving of those potential outcomes would be the justifiable use of deadly force against abortion or family planning providers.
When the two pieces of legislation are combined they create a situation where a fertilized egg would be considered a person, and allow for the public execution of those who would threaten such a person.
If passed into law, the two bills — House File 7 and House File 153 — would offer an unprecedented defense opportunity to individuals who stand accused of killing such providers, according to a former prosecutor and law professor at the University of Kansas, and are something that might have very well led to a different outcome in the Kansas trial of the man who shot Dr. George Tiller in a church foyer.
H.F. 153 is basically a version of the personhood amendment in Colorado that failed to pass in November. It states:
… that life is valued and protected from the moment 14 of conception and each life is accorded the same rights and 15 protections guaranteed to all persons by the constitutions of 16 the state of Iowa and the United States, and by the laws of 17 the state.
H.F. 7, meanwhile, would add the following language to the current justifiable homicide law in Iowa:
Reasonable force, including deadly force, may be used and a person has no duty to retreat from any place at which the person has a right to be present, and has the right to stand the person’s ground, and meet force with force, if the person believes reasonable force, including deadly force, is necessary under the circumstances to prevent death or serious injury to oneself or a third party, or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
Taken together, these two bills could allow forced-birth terrorists to murder an abortion doctor “to prevent death or serious injury to oneself or a third party,” the third party, of course, being a fetus. Which is exactly what Scott Roeder claimed after he gunned down Dr. George Tiller: he was simply acting to protect fetuses.
Meanwhile, in Nebraska, State Senator Mark Christensen, a forced-birth extremist who thinks even a rape victim should have to carry her rapist’s baby to term, has introduced L.B. 232, a bill “to authorize protection of an unborn child.” The bill states that the use of force is “justifiable to protect a third person”—including, specifically, an “unborn child”—if the person believes “intervention is necessary for the protection of such other person.” In other words, kill the doctors to save the fetuses if you think you’re doing something righteous.
Public outcry succeeded in forcing the South Dakota legislature to indefinitely postpone its “pro-life” bill to legalize murder. Hopefully, the bills in Nebraska and Iowa will suffer the same fate. But with each daily assault on women and their doctors, the message is clear: there is absolutely nothing pro-life about these “pro-lifers” who want women and their doctors to die.