Every once in a while I write an article where I really hope that I’m wrong, that my anger is misplaced, that I’ve somehow misread the news or had some other kind of cranial flatulence. This is one such article. I sincerely hope that someone can show me that things aren’t as they seem, that my references were completely off the reservation, and that the Republican majority in the House aren’t as idiotically heartless as they seem.
Last I recall, priority number one for the new Republican House majority was to bring jobs back to the American people, and their first, best way of doing this was to repeal the “job-killing” health care reform law they derisively called “Obamacare.” Well, now that they’ve passed their largely symbolic repeal vote, they’re on to other really important things which, I guess, will also help the American economy recover from thirty years of Reaganomics. First up is their new bill in which a majority of House Republicans decided to change the definition of “rape.”
You see, for the past thirty years the federal government has denied taxpayer funding to pay for abortions, except in cases when pregnancies result from rape or incest or when the pregnancy endangers the woman’s life. Well, if the 173 mainly Republican co-sponsors of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” have their way, simple rape wouldn’t be enough for the federal government to pay for an abortion. Instead, it would have to be “forcible rape.” Even worse, the word forcible is not defined.
Nick Baumann, of Mother Jones, points out the following 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…Given that the bill also would forbid the use of tax benefits to pay for abortions, that 13-year-old’s parents wouldn’t be allowed to use money from a tax-exempt health savings account (HSA) to pay for the procedure. They also wouldn’t be able to deduct the cost of the abortion or the cost of any insurance that paid for it as a medical expense.”
Laurie Levenson, a former assistant US attorney and expert on criminal law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, notes that the new bill’s authors are, “using language that’s not particularly clear, and some people are going to lose protection.” 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.
So there you have it! The Republicans are here to save the American economy and bring jobs back to the American people! And how are they doing it? By keeping our precious tax dollars from being spent on providing abortions for rape victims whose only excuses for not physically fighting the rapist were silly things like being drugged or having limited mental capacity or being too young to understand what’s going on! Yes, the Republicans are here to save the day for all real Americans who really understand that a little girl being unwillingly impregnated by a grown man is not really heinous enough to warrant us spending our precious tax dollars for an abortion for her! It saves far more of our precious tax dollars to force that little girl to have that rapist’s baby and raise it as her own. If she fails to graduate high school and winds up a lifelong welfare case because of the baby the rapist forced on her, well, at least it saved a lot of our precious tax dollars, and her failure to ever rise out of poverty is her fault alone; it’s not the problem of the American people! Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a left-wing socialist feminazi in drag!
Glory, Glory Hallelujah, the right keeps marching on!