23 May 2011

Rep. DeGraaf and the Inevitability of Rape

I am never completely surprised at the level of hatred leveled at women in my state, but every once in a while someone says something so colossally stupid - that I feel I have to put my two cents out there. This time, that person is Rep. Peter DeGraaf of Mulvane.

As most of you reading this are aware - our overwhelmingly heinous legislature has been on an anti-choice crusade since the beginning of this session. In one particularly draconian piece of legislation - the legislature decided that women should not have abortion covered as part of their health insurance policy (even in the case of Rape) - unless of course they purchase a rider to their policy. This was an exchange between Rep. DeGraff and Rep. Barbara Bollier (a Republican, btw!) when she challenged his assertion that rape victims should be denied coverage:

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."

First, let me say - Abortion is Health Care. Period.
Second, When did we get to the point where a state representative (and pastor!) feels that rape is so inevitable - that a woman should "plan" for it?
If you drive a car - eventually, you are going to have a flat. If you are alive, you are eventually going to die - you better plan for it. This is what he is saying about a crime!

Just to make this clearer:
If you have a vagina: plan on it, spend your hard earned dollars buying an insurance rider - because, like death, taxes and flat tires - rape is inevitable.

No woman PLANS to be raped. No woman PLANS to become pregnant from a rape.


  1. His logic and assertions are so flawed that it makes me wonder about his education and intelligence. And he is a pastor. Glad he's isn't mine. Maybe men should take out a rider for the possibility of prostate cancer, vasectomies, STDs, and Viagra. Most men will probably be seeing doctors for at least one of these things. Way more expected than a rape or pregnancy due to rape. Maybe castration should be covered so that sexual offenders and pedophiles (better plan for that with our children)won't strike twice. Degraff's "arguments" sicken me. He should not be anyone's representative.

  2. Believe-it-or-not, that's precisely God's will she (pl) should become so... it isn't the BABY's fault! My sis was impregnated by a man who left AND she still had the baby! Bless her heart!

    I love you. Seriously. I do. You'll find-out more in the Warning (yes, ma'am, it shall to me, too - the Warning is listed on my 21 blogs). God bless you.