I expressed my rather grey feelings about abortion (or rather the legality of abortion) in The Inevitable Abortion Blog a few months ago. Not long after that, I discussed the idiocy of Bobby Franklin, a GA state representative who basically wants to make it illegal to have a miscarriage. And I shared letters from my state’s senators regarding HR1 (the bill that would have banned Planned Parenthood from receiving any funding, including funding for cancer screening and birth control). Between the three of these, you should have a pretty clear understanding of where I stand on the issue of women’s rights, women’s health care, and the legality of abortion. I didn’t really think I would have much need to discuss these issues further, as I’m really not a fan of repeating myself. But when a friend shared this article on Facebook, I just couldn’t keep my opinions to myself.
The issue at hand is whether or not an insurance company’s regular coverage would extend to abortions. The argument against this is that employers who have religious objections to abortion should not be forced to provide insurance policies that cover them. . . . I’ll touch briefly on this. By these same standards, if an employer’s religion rejects medical treatment all together, should he not be forced to provide any medical insurance? If an employer is a Scientologist, can’t he make the argument that his company should not have to provide insurance that covers mental health issues since Scientology rejects psychology? I mean, the last I checked abortion was still legal, so how is it legal to restrict access and coverage for it?
But I digress. That is not the biggest issue that prompted this blog. On May 13th, Kansas legislators approved a bill that would ban abortion from being a part of an insurance policy’s regular plan. Women can, however, purchase a rider. This rider would provide coverage for abortions costs “just in case.” The “just in case” here is referring to a rape that results in pregnancy.
When questioned about women having to plan ahead for such things, Rep. Pete DeGraaf said, “I have a spare tire on my car.”
(Please excuse the language that is about to follow.)
Are you fucking kidding me? Did he seriously just compare planning for a flat tire to the possibility of sexual assault? He did. He really fucking did!
He belongs in the nut house with Bobby Franklin!
What the hell is wrong with this country that we feel the need to dehumanize women to such an extent? This war on women is becoming more and more appalling by the minute. There seem to be those (a lot of those) who would prefer to send us back to a time when we had no rights. They are certainly making strong efforts to move in that direction, to force women into back alleys once again.
If you want to fight against the legality of abortion, that’s your right. And it’s my right to fight back. But so long as abortion is still legal, it is immoral, unethical, and unconstitutional to restrict women from obtaining those services. Suggesting that a woman has to prepare herself to financially cover an abortion “just in case” she is raped is outright ludicrous!