I’m an advocate for ignoring House Speaker John Boehner, but it is hard to when he recently called an anti-abortion bill that redefines what rape is “one of our highest legislative priorities.”
In the bill, H.R. 3, some abortions would be denied except in cases of “forcible rape.” That means many statutory rapes, incest, unconscious rapes involving alcohol or date-rape drugs, rapes of coercion and impaired mental ability might not be deemed “forcible.” One pro-choice advocate said something to the effect that this bill would take us back to a time when saying no isn’t enough.
So the big question is, who would define what forcible is? And how would whether it was “forcible rape” or “just rape” be determined in each case? Would there be rape panels determining the severity of the force? Would the rape victim be judged based on resistance? It seems very wrong, but I guess in the end it really doesn’t matter because the bill will not pass. Regardless, Republican supporters should be ashamed of this.
They should be held accountable because it is a “top priority.” Never mind that if Republicans really wanted to make it a top priority and pass an anti-abortion bill they could have done it a few years ago when they controlled the Presidency, the House and the Senate, rather than now when they know it won’t pass the Senate or the President. Of course, maybe that is the point. It looks good to their supporters who support them on that single issue, and this way they can continue to count on their support in the future.
And never mind the Republican battle cry of less government control, which is really laughable because the only people they want “unburdened” from government control are themselves and wealthy businessmen. They still want to control you and me, with a special control emphasis on minority communities. Why else would the Republicans want to decide who we love, what language we speak, if we can vote, whether babies born in the U.S. should be citizens or not, how clean the air is, whether women are equal or which populations get special treatment. They want government to control your personal life as much as possible if it could impact them.
And never mind the fact that some rich kids, who feel they are better than everybody else (maybe like the children of rich politicians and rich businessmen,) like to use date-rape drugs like Rohypnol. Maybe they want to set the precedent that since there was a date rape drug involved, it really wasn’t “forced rape,” so it should have a lesser sentence. That way they can protect their sons and all his frat buddies.
I realize I might be going a little over the top, but this bill isn’t about making our country better! It is another cheap, hypocritical, poorly thought out stunt to feed to their base. This bill not only deserves to be defeated, but the many Republican co-signors, including John Kline, Michelle Bachmann and Chip Cravaack, should be chastised for trying to say a rape isn’t really a rape unless it is violent. This is just another wedge driven in to divide America.