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Kansas Women's Rights Done Wrong

SALINA, Kan. - I will never understand why the women of Kansas (and sympathetic men) don't simply revolt -- or at least vote smarter.

When a drumbeat of letters to the editor oppose abortion.  When most of those letter-writers are men. When women's private lives seem incessantly dragged into the public square.  Why no revolt?

A more direct manifestation of men's apparent urge to control women's lives is seen in this year's tsunami of anti-abortion legislation.  

A 72% male legislature (Kansas now has 46 women among 165 lawmakers, or 28 percent, down from 50 before our last election.), cheered on by a male anti-choice governor, thus has diverted attention from a wholesale gutting of public education and infrastructure.    Of course, gender does not automatically predict attitude, but such statistics at least indicate a strong trend line.

The last I heard, no one has sought an abortion who wasn't a woman, and pregnant.  

kansas-state-capitol-3.jpgWICHITA, Kan. - As reported here in the Kansas Free Press by Kari Rinker, Rep.Pete DeGraaf, (R-Mulvane) made the shocking comment that women better pony up and take out special rape coverage from their insurance providers. Or, just like the careless motorist who has a flat on the side of the road without a spare, women will regret their lack of planning ahead. Unless of course, they have a burning desire to give birth to the rapist's child which DeGraaf apparently heartedly endorses for women, especially his wife and daughter. What a guy!

Of course, the reason women are going to need to buy a "spare" to their original insurance coverage is all due to DeGraaf and his esteem colleagues who want to prohibit insurance companies from covering the cost of abortions in their regular healthcare coverage - even when those pregnancies are the result of rape .

As an associate pastor and Christian financial counselor one might assume that Rep. Pete DeGraaf would exhibit compassion for any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, especially as a result of rape. Surely this financial planner for God would understand the financial difficulties and instability an unplanned pregnancy and violent assault would have upon a woman's life and see the wisdom of insurance coverage that would include rape.

Kansans Are Tired!

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas NOW is "TIRED" of legislators, who in efforts to pass their moral agenda, ignore the horrifying reality of crimes such as rape.

In a recent House debate, Representative Pete DeGraaf (R- Mulvane) told women that they should plan ahead for pregnancies that they can't control. Representative Barbara Bollier (R - Mission Hills) pointed out that the insurance restrictions on abortion that were being debated did not make exceptions for unintended pregnancies (such as those resulting from rape or incest), and the two exchanged the following remarks:

Rep. Pete DeGraaf replied, "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 pregnancy?"

DeGraaf then responded, "I have a spare tire on my car."

WICHITA, Kan. - State legislatures all over America are bravely protecting women from those wily abortion doctors duping young women into having abortions.

Yes, multiple restrictive laws are on the books to make sure unsuspecting women are "informed" about what happens when they have an abortion because if there is one thing women do not understand, it's how to make their own reproductive choices. Thank goodness the state is so accommodating.

It seems to me we have left out one very important element in making sure women are informed about their medical choices. I believe new legislation should be proposed banning physicians from assisting in the delivery of a potential baby until the woman has been "informed" of all the medical and mental health dangers to her life if she continues with a live birth.

If Kansas legislators are so concerned about women making informed choices, shouldn't they support legislation that would mandate all OB-GYN doctors inform their patients that pregnancy is one the most dangerous medical risks a women can make? And, if these OB-GYN doctors do not cover all the health risks that come with pregnancy and a live birth, they should be fined and have their practices shut down by the State. Sound unreasonable? Perhaps not.

WICHITA, Kan. - Kevin Hall's recent article (Politics and public opinion aside, Americans are under-taxed) fails to emphasize the main thinking point for American taxpayers.

It is not that we are over-taxed or under-taxed. It is that the disparity between 94% of the taxpayers and the upper 6% is growing wildly. Conservatives from Tea-Partiers to Republicans to conservative Democrats have ignored that principal for almost a decade; in fact, they are doing their best to increase the disproportion in the distribution of wealth.

At this time, 51% of Americans do not pay any federal income taxes. Everyone should be pleased. Right? The percentage tax rate though for the uppermost taxpayers has dropped from a high rate of 34% to about 24% and the Republicans have sworn to give the wealthy more.

The wealthiest corporations are running record profits. Exxon made another 11 million dollar profit while the gas prices are going up supposedly in response to the Libyan crisis. However, Republicans are screaming that entitlements are to blame for the increasing deficits.

So let's (they say) gouge the heck out of programs for the poor and middle class.

people-voting.jpgTOPEKA, Kan. - On April 18th Governor Sam Brownback signed the SAFE Act, (Secure and Fair Elections Act) into law. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who won an election last fall by creating the illusion of massive electoral irregularities, hailed the new law and said the changes will discourage fraud.

Since it will come as news to most Kansans that we had a voter fraud problem in our state, the story of this bill bears retelling.

Kris Kobach has made a living in recent years crusading against illegal immigration. He has authored parts of Arizona Law 1070 and numerous local ordinances targeting undocumented immigrants. Arizona and municipalities across the country have been forced to spend hundreds of thousands of tax dollars in legal fees defending these laws in court.

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