Friday, January 28, 2011

There's Rape, and there's Forcible Rape

Here's a great piece of new legislation by th GOP to repeal the Democrate's health care reform law called the "No Taxpayer funded Abortion Act." Keep in mind this has been outlawed since 1976 but the debate flaired up again with the health care reform on what taxpayers would be responsible for. Now there have been exceptions for abortions that are eligible for federal funding such as cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is endangered. And this is what the GOP is fighting against. Enter the term "forcible rape."

You might be asking yourself, "what kind of rape isn't forced?" Well I have an answer for you!

"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. (Smith's spokesman did not respond to a call and an email requesting comment.)
Other types of rapes that would no longer be covered by the exemption include rapes in which the woman was drugged or given excessive amounts of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes. As for the incest exception, the bill would only allow federally funded abortions if the woman is under 18."
Is your jaw on the floor? Mine is. I love how their number one priority is a collection of cells and not the actual people that are fully living their lives, struck by a horrible tragedy and just looking for help. It's sad to hope for any girl that is raped by a family member is lucky enough to be under 18 so she would be covered.

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