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Plan ahead for rape, incest?

State Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, is getting heat — deservedly so — for comments he made about the bill the Legislature approved prohibiting general insurance plans from covering abortions, including for victims of rape and incest. When asked during the debate about the likelihood of someone buying a separate policy that covers abortion, DeGraaf said, "We do need to plan ahead, don't we, in life?" Then when asked how women are supposed to plan ahead for issues over which they have no control, DeGraaf responded, "I have a spare tire on my car." And he added: "I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for." How insulting and insensitive. Reports of DeGraaf's comments made national websites, and the Kansas National Organization for Women plans to deliver a model spare tire to DeGraaf in protest.