This should be subtitled Why Kansas Sucks for Women.
I am so furious right now I am literally shaking. I have lived in Kansas now for a total of 15 years or so and I've always known that outside of my little ring of friends this is one of the most backassward states in the union. This is the state that has a law that states if two oncoming trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed. (Duh.) This is a state where my city has to have a law that no one may picket a funeral. (Yup, those assholes are from here too.) And this is the state that teaches evolution is a theory, not a fact. (Yes, it makes total sense that Adam and Eve had dinosaurs for pets. And I guess dinos no longer exist because Noah forgot to get them on the Ark??)
And now Kansas has this douche spouting his misogynistic (and idiotic) shite. I think the writer from The Pitch did a fantastic job skewering the guy and I loved that he included the home phone number of the dickhead. I haven't called him yet. I'm trying to decide if I want to have a legitimate conversation with him where I try to point out the flaws in his proposal and where I would ask him how he'd like it if his wife or daughters were forced to plan ahead for a RAPE or if I just want to call him every name in the book, accuse him of being a close-minded weirdo who probably looks at kiddie porn when the fam is asleep and threaten him with bodily harm a la the Shazam. I go back and forth. I need to do some research first, I don't want to end up in jail.
It's just so aggravating and frustrating that all these fucking MEN make laws that dictate what can and can't be done to WOMEN'S bodies. Fuck you, Rep. Pete DeGraaf! Who do you think you are?! What gives you the right to tell me and my daughter what we should "prepare" for?? If you can get a penile impant without a special rider I should be able to get an abortion! (I'm not saying he's ever had one, but he IS acting like a man with an inadequacy don't you think?)
I've never had an abortion. I'm at a point in my life that I probably would not have an abortion. I'm affluent enough that if I or my daughter ever chose to have one, I could find a place to go and get the job done without a coat hanger. There are millions of women in this country who don't have that luxury and they will DIE when they realize they don't have a "spare tire," because they will go to some back alley kook who will charge them cash and use dirty surgical instruments.
Men like Rep. DeGraaf and his colleagues will fight wars for oil and land and money. But I WILL fight to the death for my daughter's reproductive rights and her right to make a safe and affordable choice. That might sound like hyperbole, but it's not. I feel like this is a war. A war on women and laws like this one are just the tip of the iceberg that is coming. I rant and I rave on this blog about how minorities are treated and today, I am a member of that threatened minority and I will definitely not go quietly!
I can't even believe that I HAVE to rant and rave. This should be a no-brainer - keep YOUR fucking laws about MY body away from me. Don't preach to me. Don't tell me to "prepare" for a rape or unwanted pregnancy like I would prepare for a flat tire or my death (abortion insurance IS NOTHING like a spare tire or life insurance). Stay away from me and definitely stay away from my daughter!
I wonder what it would be like if the roles were reversed and the men were the ones with unwanted pregnancy or were victims of rape, incest, and more? They'd probably have drive through abortion clinics on every corner. They'd have the drug companies working on the very best drugs to make an abortion as quick, easy and affordable as possible. Pfizer would probably sell Viagra and this abortion wonder drug in a two pack with a coupon!
There is a campaign under way to send Rep. Pete DeGraaf mini spare tires. I'm more of the mindset we should put a horse's head in his bed.
If you'd like to drop him a note or give him a call, here's his info:
DeGraaf's Web site lists his office number as 785-296-7693, his home phone as 316-777-0715 - that's at 1545 E. 119th St. Mulvane, KS - and his e-mail as [email protected].
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