John Boehner (Republican) is at the helm of this push to redefine rape so that only "an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest" could be publicly funded by our hard earned taxpayer dollars. Think of all the poor crack babies that would be born if Boehner and his GOP buddies had their way.
In all seriousness, this really is an issue.
- First, this is a push from the Christian Conservative Evangelical movement that, has chosen to ignore science, believe in deities and essentially say "I'm sorry someone raped you, but god says to have babies so go fuck yourself." I'm not exaggerating. These people are all for protecting the rights of an unborn fetus (a human in development) but could not care less or give a dime once these little guys are born. No abortions for anyone! If they really cared about reducing the number of abortions in this country, which is a good goal, they would improve sexual health education so that there are far fewer unwanted pregnancies.
- Second By redefining rape as a forcible violent event it completely disregards the experience of rape survivors that have had to face their attacker each day. I'm talking about the wives and girlfriends (and other domestic violence survivors) that live each day with their rapist attackers. Redefining rape so that a rape is really only a rape if it is violent and forcible, is just another big "Fuck You" to the Amerikan people.
Check out the Salon.com article Doyle, S. (2010). John Boehner's Push to Redefine Rape. Retrieved Feb. 1, 2010, from Salon Media Group, San Francisco CA. Web site: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/02/01/hr3_abortion_rape/index.html.