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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 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.

"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."

Republicans just love to make these asinine comparisons. Remember this guy?

Clayton Williams stirred controversy during his 1990 campaign for governor of Texas with a botched attempt at humor in which he compared rape to weather. Within earshot of a reporter, Williams said: "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

Williams became an embarrassment for John McCain in 2008, when he was scheduled to hold a fundraiser for McCain, until ABC contacted the McCain campaign to ask about the quote. Williams was apparently vetted about as thoroughly as Sarah Palin.

But maybe this is progress. At least Rep. Brunk is willing to admit rape is actually a crime instead of an occasion to curl up by the fire with a mug of cocoa.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 02:10 PM PST.

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