Republicans And “Forcible Rape”, GOP Wants Culture War

I know the elections were last November and I am getting older and so things can be more difficult to recall and retain……

But did anyone hear last fall that Republicans were going to tackle abortion within the first weeks of their time leading the House of Representatives?

I thought this was a jobs….smack President Obama……smack the President again….jobs… type of House of Representatives.  I was not aware the culture wars were starting again. 

Did the American people sign up for more culture wars and I was not aware of it?

Furthermore, did anyone hear last fall the Republicans were doing to redefine the term rape?  And in so doing tick women in the nation?

Look, as a male I am outraged at this action.

I can only image what women would feel about the term “forcible rape”.    How cheap, insensitive, and demeaning to those victims of rape.

Today the three-thumb crowd, better known as Congressional Republicans, removed the offending language.  But only after being taken to the woodshed by many from around the nation.

House Republicans have opted to drop the word “forcible” from a section of House bill about abortion that addresses rape, following widespread condemnation from Democrats and abortion rights activists. 

The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” also known as H.R. 3, is a bill that would make permanent the “Hyde Amendment” – a provision banning the use of taxpayer subsidies for abortions that currently requires annual Congressional renewal. 

The bill came under fire earlier this week, however, for changes it made to the original language of the amendment – which includes exemptions for women who have become pregnant as a result of rape, incest or life-threatening illnesses. In the language of H.R. 3, only pregnancies resulting from “forcible rape” were exempted. The bill would also limit  exemptions among victims of incest to minors only. 

Critics of the bill argued that Republicans were trying to “redefine rape,” and that federal coverage for the abortions of rape and incest victims would be dramatically limited.

Violence Against Journalists In Egypt Means Something Bad For Protesters

It is a chilling fact that often before a repressive regime does its dirty work…..the rolling of tanks over protesters, for instance…..they make every attempt to ensure that the media are not allowed to cover it.

That is why I am very alarmed at the increasing level of rage and violence taking place against the journalists and reporters covering the story in Egypt.

This will come to no good. 

The world needs to act with a higher level of urgency at making sure President Mubarak leaves the world stage.  While there is always the thinking that an evolutionary transition in governments such as that in Egypt makes regions more stable, and international relations more manageable, there are times such as now when old ‘rules’ must be abandoned.

I am very concerned tonight about the fate of those who yearn for more freedom in Egypt tonight.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has strongly condemned the attacks on journalists covering the ongoing situation in Egypt, terming it as a “violation of international norms“.

“This is a violation of international norms that guarantee freedom of the press and is unacceptable under any circumstances,” Ms. Clinton told reporters at joint conference with Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic.

“The Egyptian government must demonstrate its willingness to ensure journalists’ ability to report on these events to the people of Egypt and to the world,” she said.

Ms. Clinton also condemned in the strongest terms attacks on peaceful demonstrators, human rights activists, foreigners and diplomats.

“Freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press are pillars of an open and inclusive society… It is especially in times of crisis that governments must demonstrate their adherence to these universal values,” she said.