Kansas state GOP Rep. Pete DeGraaf (Mulvane) has either a perverse view of rape or roadside repairs. I am not sure which but I would not recommend either a long trip or a rape counseling session with him. DeGraaf recently opposed a rape exception to a legislative ban on insurance for abortions. He explained that rape is really like a flat tire. He appears to have misunderstood Goodyear’s slogan: “Should a Woman Have to Worry About Tires? Goodyear Says No!
When Snow Say No, Goodyear says Go!..”
DeGraaf took the floor when considering a general ban on insurance for abortions. Even the most stalwart opponents for abortions, however, made an exception for when a women’s life was at risk. DeGraaf, who is also an associate pastor, rose to oppose an exception for rape. While he did not oppose “abortion-only” policies, he was against the rape exception to the legislation. When Rep. Barbara Bollier challenged his position, DeGraaf reportedly responded “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?” Bolliers asked “And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?” DeGraaf then retorted “I have a spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”
DeGraaf ran on faith-based promises assuring his followers that “I can see how God has been preparing me for this role through my years as a husband, father, Air Force pilot, financial counselor, pastor, volunteer, Precinct Committeeman, and non-profit board member.” Notably, neither work as a mechanic nor rape counselor is listed. He can now add Michelin’s slogan to his website: “Because so much is riding on your tires.”