Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Not Rape Unless Republicans Say It Is

Credit ABC News

Rape is only really rape if it involves force, according to the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.

For years, federal laws restricting the use of government funds to pay for abortions have included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, with another exemption covering pregnancies that could endanger the life of the mother.

But the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to drastically limit the definition of rape and incest in these cases. The bill, with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors, has been dubbed a top priority in the new Congress by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible.

For example, if a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion. Rep. Smith's spokesman did not respond to a call and an email requesting comment.

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Jonathan said...

Great. A bunch of old geezers redefining what "rape" is. Now i'm sure Roman Polanski can't wait to back Stateside.

Seriously, this really sickens me. the GOP might as well call it the "when you dress like a whore, you deserve to be fucked like one" bill. It pretty much means the same thing.

et said...

There are no words to express just how disgusted I am by this.

Anonymous said...

This is disgusting!

So now the corrupt neocons are saying that rape, such as date drug rapes, where the victim is too drugged to fight, is no longer rape.

I'm so pissed off. The fuckin American Taliban neocons are doing all they can to makes sure that women lose all their rights. Pigs.


theroachman said...

Here in Colorado one of the main reasons why Teanut Ken Buck lost the US Senate race was because of the Rape issue. He refused to bring rape charges in a couple of cases because he thought they were not crimes to begin with.

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