GOP Still Has Not Removed Awful "Forcible Rape" Language From Anti-Choice Bill

Women, in case you need further proof that the Republican anti-choice majority (and the Democrat anti-choicers who have sided with them) really, really do not careabout your well-being, here it is: although Republicans said a week ago that they would drop the draconian "forcible rape" language from the still-awful HR3 bill, that language remains in the bill today.

The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel:

Ilan Kayatsky, a spokesman for New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top-ranking Democrat on the House judiciary subcommittee focusing on constitutional issues, told The Huffington Post that while Nadler hopes the bill will soon be changed, they have been treating it as it's written. "So the fact remains: more than 150 Republicans lent their name to this bill, as drafted, which includes the forcible-rape provision," the Nadler spokesman said. Several conservative Democrats also signed on as cosponsors of Smith's bill.

Of course, the "forcible rape" language is only one of the many, many horrible things about the HR3 bill.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said that the legislation shows a "heinous disregard for the health and well-being of women in America" and would be "a tax on all women who want access to a full range of reproductive health care."

[Republican Rep. Chris] Smith's legislation is essentially guaranteed to raise the individual cost of an abortion. It would discourage employers from offering health insurance plans that offer abortion coverage, because that would cost them the tax benefits they would normally receive for offering their employees health care. It would also strike medical tax deductions for individuals who pay for abortions with their own money.

And even worse: HR3 is only one of the many radical, anti-choice pieces of legislation being proposed around the country. If Republicans have their way, women in many parts of the country will be forced to listen to detailed descriptions of their fetus before seeking an abortion, will have to receive the explicit consent of both parents before receiving an abortion, even if one of those parents is abusive, and could even be prosecuted for murder. Doctors, meanwhile, could refuse to provide a life-saving abortion to a woman if they chose to. No question, this is a war against women.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at February 10, 2011, 6:55am

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