Thursday, February 18, 2010

Getting Stupaked

Women are. The Stupak amendment to the health care reform proposal has become the fashionable thing to imitate in several states. What these proposals amount to is the application of the Hyde amendment to private insurance purchases.

Here's the Kansas proposal:

Kansas lawmakers are currently considering a law that would bar insurance providers from covering elective abortions — unless a woman pays extra for a special plan. The problem with such coverage, however, is that it forces women to "plan for a completely unexpected event." The bill "wouldn't apply to abortions performed to save the life of a woman, or to pregnancies resulting from rape or incest." However, in the latter case, women would first be forced to file a police report:

The bill would require a police report to be filed if the woman wants an abortion to be covered by her insurance under the incest or rape exemptions. [...]

"You'd have to have a report that someone stole your car," said Rep. Steve Brunk, a Bel Aire Republican. "This is kind of the same thing."

See the Hyde amendment in that quote? Notice how abortions required for health reasons are not going to be covered unless the woman will otherwise croak?

Then that car theft analogy. Officer, someone stole my vagina!

Does Rep. Brunk really lack all normal human emotions such as empathy? Sounds like it.