Bachmann, Kline, and Cravaak want to redefine rape because of abortion funding

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Congress wants to exclude protection for victims of non-"forcible rape."
​They ran for office talking about jobs and the economy, but some of Minnesota's Republican congressional reps are wading right in to one of the ugliest corners of the culture wars.

Minnesota representatives Michele Bachmann, Chip Cravaack, and John Kline have signed on to a House bill that would restrict the ability of some rape victims to get an abortion.

For decades, abortion warriors on both sides have dug in on either side of a shaky legislative line of truce known as the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape and incest.

But reps. Bachmann, Cravaack, and Kline think making sure rape victims have access to abortions is too generous. Their bill would restrict coverage to women who were forcibly raped. Were you the victim of date rape? Statutory rape? Did your rape not meet some standard of forcibleness? No abortion coverage for you.

The bill is unlikely to get past the Senate, but abortion rights activists are still amazed at the language of H.R.3. "Restricting coverage for rape victims is especially cruel and heartless," said Linnea House, executive director of NARAL MN.

Rep. Erik Paulsen is the only Minnesota Republican congressmen not to have signed on to the bill. We'll see how he votes on it. None of the four Republican representatives returned calls for comment today.

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Auntie Lolo
Auntie Lolo

What is wrong with these people! First of all - it isn't just Republicans - there are 9 Democrats co-sponsoring this bill - one of them being Rep. Colin Peterson from right here in MN. This is one of the more disgusting pieces of legislation to come of congress in a while. Beyond my own personal disgust over this - Republicans promised, let me say that again, promised, that they would do nothing else until the budget, deficit and economy were fixed - lets get morality legislation off the table and out of politics and get to doing what you promised you would do.

Shannon Drury
Shannon Drury

Please edit this story to add that Collin Peterson, though he is a Democrat, is also a co-sponsor of this bill.

Greg
Greg

So, just exactly how do the republicans determine what does and doesn't meet the criteria?? Or does one need to supply some sort of evidence,,lets say,,phone-cam pics,eye witness testimony,,or will michelle Bachman be reviewing on a case-by-case basis? I'm afraid she might have too much fun, if she pokes her nose into this as far as she does with the rest of the things she and her friends meddle with.

mnmillie
mnmillie

Here we go, even I didn't think two of the three were this insane.

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