"Less Rapey Rape," No Longer Coming to a House of Congress Near You
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I've been meaning to post this for the past few days, but haven't had a chance until now because I've been on the road. My bad! At any rate, at this point I hope everyone knows about Rep. Chris Smith's (R-NJ) loathsome attempt to bar certain victims of rape and incest from federal funds for abortion by legally redefining "forcible rape" to exclude acts of statutory rape or rapes committed under coercion (i.e. drugs and alcohol, limited mental capacity).
The bill which this language was a part of, which as Ms. Magazine puts it, "purports to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions and ensure that healthcare reform law does not cover the cost of abortions," continues to move forward, but after much public outcry over the attempt to legally redefine any form of rape to not be considered "forcible," this particular language was dropped from the bill. It now allows for all victims of rape to continue to receive federal funds to safely and legally end a pregnancy which results from any form of rape.
And now that the forces of doom have been rendered slightly less doomy so far for the month of February (after their attempt to declare certain kinds of rape "less rape-y"), I give you this, The Daily Show's Kristen Schaal and her ingenious (and ingeniously hilarious) satirical take on all of this. Watch out, though. I made the mistake of drinking something while watching it and came THIS CLOSE to snarfing water all over myself and my computer while laughing uncontrollably.