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One Kansas Politician's Musings on Women and Spare Tires

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A quick update from the Sunflower State.

The Kansas legislative session is coming to a close, but anti-choice lawmakers made the most of an opportunity to send even more anti-choice legislation to Gov. Sam Brownback

One extreme bill makes it all but impossible for insurance plans to cover abortion care, thus forcing women to plan for an unplanned pregnancy. 

But that's not so bad, says one anti-choice legislator. After all, he keeps a spare tire in his car, which is totally the same thing:

During the House's debate, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told [pro-choice 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 a 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."


Comments like these might give one the impression that Rep. DeGraaf doesn't respect women very much.

If only we could keep a spare legislator around for such occasions!

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