Thursday, September 29, 2011

Judge refuses to block Kansas abortion insurance law

Posted by on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM

No worries, ladies. Just get a spare tire.
  • No worries, ladies. Just get a spare tire.
Kansas State Rep. Pete DeGraaf should rejoice! DeGraaf raised a big stir this spring when he argued in favor of a new Kansas law banning insurance providers from including abortion services in their policies, thus forcing women to buy insurance riders if they wanted the services covered.

The representative was less than delicate when debating that women shouldn't complain that rape victims who get pregnant as a result of their assault should have abortion services covered. DeGraaf, who is a pastor, explained that if women are so concerned they're going get pregnant after an assault, then have the gall to get an abortion, they can just buy a rider. It's all about planning ahead, he said.

From the May 13 edition of the McPherson Sentinel:

Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told [Rep. Barbara Bollier]: "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."

The ACLU sued to block the law, but, the Associated Press reports today, a judge rejected their argument. U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown ruled that the ACLU didn't prove that the bill "primarily intended to create obstacles to obtaining abortions."

Time for Kansas women to start planning ahead.

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