House Republicans Limit the Definition of Rape in Abortion Funding Exception

Published 31 January 11 05:03 PM | RebLawger

House Republicans' have introduced a new bill, the "No Taypayer Funding for Abortion Act" which would limit the exception to the federal abortion funding restrictions for rape to "forcible rape" only.  Nick Baumann of Mother Jones explains "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."  Is rape less so if done by drugging or otherwise?  The bill reintroduces the "force" element of rape that reformers have fought against for decades. 

 

Check out RebLaw's issue lunch on Sexual Violence & the Law on February 19th and discuss how such definitions impact the broader questions surrounding sexual violence.

 

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