Some insight as to where our GOP legislators may be getting their crackpot ideas about rape.

05 May 2011 11:49 pm
Posted by: Donna

Per Ms.blog:

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HR3, which was voted on in Congress yesterday and passed with every GOP member (including our entire AZ GOP delegation) voting in favor, had the odious “forcible rape” language stripped out of it a while back. But Republicans used a “sly legislative maneuver” to arrive at the same exclusion of abortion coverage for victims of statutory rape.

The backdoor reintroduction of the statutory rape change relies on the use of a committee report, a document that congressional committees produce outlining what they intend a piece of legislation to do. If there’s ever a court fight about the interpretation of a law—and when it comes to a subject as contentious as abortion rights, there almost always is—judges will look to the committee report as evidence of congressional intent, and use it to decide what the law actually means.

In this case, the committee report for H.R. 3 says that the bill will “not allow the Federal Government to subsidize abortions in cases of statutory rape.” The bill itself doesn’t say anything like that, but if a court decides that legislators intended to exclude statutory rape-related abortions from eligibility for Medicaid funding, then that will be the effect.

The Ms.blog post is hot link heavy so click on it and read the truly hair-raising conventional wisdom on rape that has informed male-dominated law enforcement views in the recent past and (to an appallingly large extent) very recently.

The 32-year-old woman was walking through a midtown alley last January when a man pressed a gun to her shoulder and told her, “Don’t scream.”

At the hospital, where she was treated for vaginal bleeding, the woman recounted being raped at gunpoint, in a vehicle with black leather seats. When it was over, her attacker told her to walk away slowly and not look back.

The police detective’s report reflects the tone of his questioning in the hospital room: Why had she waited two hours to call police? Why didn’t she flag down a squad car? Where was she coming from before she was assaulted? Who was she with? Frustrated, the woman retracted her statement and signed a new one saying that nothing had happened.

No longer a rape, the incident was now classified as “unfounded,” police parlance for saying the victim was lying or they do not believe a crime occurred.

Sure hope she wasn’t impregnated by her attacker. She wouldn’t be eligible for an abortion under Medicaid due to the Hyde Amendment. Under HR3 she wouldn’t even be able to get an abortion with her own insurance or under her employer’s plan. Because her rape wasn’t officially sanctified as a rape by the police.

Along those lines, it’s not at all a stretch to surmise that maybe Congress dudes Flake, Franks, Gosar, Quayle, and Schweikert aren’t exactly qualified to legislate anything having to do with rape, let alone deciding which rape victims have to bear their rapist’s babies.

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