Monday, January 31, 2011
For years there has been this - understanding - between the pro-lifers and the pro-choicers. With the exception of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, federal law restricted the use of government funds to pay for abortions. This law has been in place since 1976 under various administrations and congresses. Now, the Republican party is looking to change this law. With their new bill, "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," Republicans are looking to define "rape" as requiring force.
The Republicans are proposing that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." Many instances of rape under today's definition would be removed. For example, statutory rape can be non-forcible. So if a little girl is taken advantage of by an older man and is impregnated, she would no longer qualify for federal assistance to help pay for an abortion. What about situations where a woman is drugged or "date raped?" What about a woman who has a gun pointed at her head so decides not to fight back for fear of being shot? In instances of incest, the exception will only apply to woman under the age of 18. Further leaving little girls without help from the government. I don't know, but it seems if you want to scale back the role the government plays in people's lives, you would start with little children and the elderly. But that's just me.
Being against/for abortion is one thing. Both sides of the argument have pros and cons and the debate should and will be heard. As a matter of fact, the idea of government money being used for abortions came up during the Health Care debate. But changing the definition of rape within the bill, I don't know, just feels...heartless! Now it appears that being raped isn't "good enough," you must get your ass beat as well, THEN the government will take a look at your case and determine if it is worthy of government assistance.
This is Scumbag 101, to me. Is that really the Christian thing to do? So God doesn't like abortion, but non-forcible rape, that's okay? Well, by all means ladies, don't get drunk or drungged and/or in any other way not be able to fight off an ass hole attacker, because if you do, your on your own.
Whether you are for or against abortion, should the line on federal aid be made with rape and under age incest?