Kansas congressman likens rape to getting a flat tire

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Kansas State Representative (and pastor) Pete DeGraaf, doesn't think women should ever get abortions. Not even in instances of rape, because rape, he believes, can be completely avoided. All it takes is a lot of meticulous planning and a couple of spare parts.

During a Friday House discussion over a bill that would ban insurance plans from covering abortions (except in instances when the mother's life is at risk), DeGraaf made his view perfectly clear, when the issue of excluding pregnancies from rape arose. Check out the following dialog that took place between him and Rep. Barbara Bollier, who challenged him on the issue:

DeGraaf: We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?

Bollier: And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?

DeGraaf: I have a spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.

Wait, what? Did someone really just conflate minor vehicle damage with sexual assault? There are absolutely no words to describe the blatant idiocy, disrespect and victim-blaming of that statement. That this man was elected to state congress and preaches in the pulpit inspires facepalms of the highest order. For shame.