"Less Rapey Rape," No Longer Coming to a House of Congress Near You

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"Less Rapey Rape," No Longer Coming to a House of Congress Near You

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.



Comments [5]

Conlite's picture

This is sooooo well done. 

This is sooooo well done.  Very sad subject perfectly lampooned.

"DId he drill a hole back here?"

Robin Rigby's picture

That part totally cracked me

That part totally cracked me up.

Does every country have ultra-conservative assholes like the dipsticks who put forward bills like this? Or are we the only lucky ones?

Conlite's picture

Also cracked up by "well

Also cracked up by "well that's War!" (said with totally straight face).

Not trying to insulting to your country at all, but American right wing crazies have lots of company in the wider world:

David Bahati of Uganda - kill the gays bill.

Extremist muslim clerics - behead the gays and aldulterous women too.

The difference is, in the U.S. you can't admit religious motivation these days, so you must appeal to America's real god: money.  I think this skit was extra hilarious for pointing out what a foolishly sacred buzzword "taxpayers dollars" has become.

Robin Rigby's picture

Those kinds of crazies of

Those kinds of crazies of course. I should have specified that I meant every supposedly democratic, presumably reasonable country. Smile

The American tax dollar wouldn't be such a big f'ing deal if these douchebags would just pass real tax reform (ie; a flat tax). Of course simple tax laws would mean their real constituents (the rich) would have to pay their fair share and government would get smaller (cause we wouldn't need armies of IRS agents). God forbid that should happen. 

Conlite's picture

I was really just being a bit

Smile

I was really just being a bit tongue-in-cheek.  Right-wing crazies infest all countries to some extent, even good old Canada!  Harper cancelled federal funds for Pride parades (funds are usually available for all big national festivals), supposedly in order to save the hallowed Tax Dollar.  Hmmmm.  I suppose he's bitter because he can't just cancel gay marriage with a quickie vote now that we've got it in the constitution.