New GOP House Majority Tries to Redefine "Rape" and "Incest"
Well, that didn’t take long. The new House GOP majority has stepped out with a bold new plan for the American people, specifically women. The limits on federal funding for abortion except for the cases of rape and incest, are now under assault by definition.
For years, federal laws restricting the use of government funds to pay for abortions have included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. (Another exemption covers pregnancies that could endanger the life of the woman.) But the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has dubbed a top priority in the new Congress, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases.
Before we decide if you’ve even been raped, what is “rape” exactly? According to the House Republicans, it shouldn’t really count rape unless it’s forcible. And it’s not really forcible if there is no fighting or struggling or saying ‘no’ involved. You know, like when the woman has been drugged for instance. Then, you’re OK. She didn’t protest, so what’s the problem?
And then there’s statutory rape. That’s not really “rape” either, according to the House majority. I mean if you have a 13-year old who consents to sex with a 40-year old, can you reaallly call it rape? I mean, come on. Once again, no struggle – no problem. All you moms and dads agree with that one, right?
And the whole “incest” thing really shouldn’t apply once a girl turns 18. So, good news abusive dads, for all the sex that happens in the last part of senior year, you’re off the hook because it’s not really “incest.”
And since the bill is so inclusive, it also would forbid the use of tax benefits to pay for abortions, so parents wouldn’t be allowed to use money from a tax-exempt health savings account (HSA) to pay for the procedure for their child who was “raped.” And deducting the cost of the procedure, or the insurance that paid for it as a medical expense? No dice.
John Boehner, the new House Majority Leader has said that this bill is a “top priority.” Now, mind you, if they have their way, once that baby is born don’t expect it to get health care, or scholarships, or social security when the little tyke turns 65. If Junior joins the army, don’t expect decent veteran’s benefits. And the unions will be gone by the time s/he gets older, so forget stable good-paying jobs with stuff like health care. Birth is mandatory, and living a happy healthy life? Well, that’s not only optional, but the Republican party will do its darndest to actually make it hard.
Don’t worry though. If you’re rich, none of this affects you. And just think of how this struggle will build the character of the working class! Welcome to the mindset of your new majority.
I think Nancy Pelosi needs a giant “Miss Me Yet?” billboard.