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Republicans And “Forcible Rape”, GOP Wants Culture War

February 3, 2011
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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…..jobs…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.

4 Comments
  1. Patrick permalink
    February 5, 2011 5:13 PM

    Is not all rape “forcible”? Either using muscle or extraordinary influence, all rape is rape and therefore the word is not necessary–unless you wish to separate statuatory rape.

    But make no doubt, abortion is an abomination and a growth industry. Recent videos from planned parenthood illustrate the power of big-abortion. One should also note that abortion is largely a tool of genocide in America as minority women have far more abortions than white women. Why should I have to pay for genocide?

    Suggesting that this is some civil rights notion might have been fine in the last century, now it is just sick.

  2. February 5, 2011 10:12 AM

    Dale,

    Abortions are a legal procedure in the nation. Has been so since 1973. Abortions have been taking place since…….forever.

    As to the last line in your comment, that harkens back to the days of Ronald Reagan and the lady in the check-out line who bought all that steak on food stamps.

    I do notice that you never mentioned the reason for this post.

  3. February 5, 2011 3:25 AM

    And why should government pay for abortions? I am no Neanderthal but I would like a clear explanation why it is necessary for the government to pay for multiple abortions involving the same mother.

  4. February 4, 2011 8:47 AM

    H.R. 3 disgusts me, as it will do a grave disservice to women who want to exercise their reproductive rights. Right-wingers seem to realize that repealing Roe v. Wade would be a herculean task, so they’ve opted instead to make abortion inaccessable or unaffordable.

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