UPDATE: Redefining Rape is Shitty (and so is the rest of the bill)

4 Feb

As many of you know, House Republicans have backed down and taken the redefinition of rape out of H.R. 3 (aka No Taxpayer Funds for Abortions, or for Women, or for anything, really).

But the bill is still scary. Sen. Kirsten Gillibran writes about H.R. 3 this morning in HuffPo:

Even as Republicans lament that the government is being too intrusive in people’s lives, it seems that the very personal, private and often painful issue of ending a pregnancy is one area they are determined to regulate. Tragically, the consequences of this intrusiveness could prove disastrous to the health and well-being of women across America.

The Republicans likely have a large enough majority in the House to pass this bill, but we must block this bill in the U.S. Senate.

Her piece, entitled “Urgent Call to Action: GOP House Pushing Anti-Woman Agenda,”  doesn’t deliver everything the headline promises. But it is worth the read, if only for the  reminder that:

1 — our actions, both on and offline, make a difference.  The pressure we put on Congress — through phone calls and blog posts and general  awareness — stopped the redefinition of rape.

2 — we can’t stop paying attention. Yes, politics can be boring. And the constant CALL YOUR SENATOR drum beat can sometimes seem tone deaf. But. In this Congress especially, we need to be aware of what’s going on and how it affects women.

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3 Responses to “UPDATE: Redefining Rape is Shitty (and so is the rest of the bill)”

  1. Brianna February 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Not just this congress. Any congress. Even though dems tend to be more aware of women’s issues, let’s not forget that there aren’t enough women on both sides of the aisle to represent us.

  2. mislabeled February 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Right you are, Brianna girl.

    Also — this just in. Rape Victims Aren’t Victims, According to Georgia Rep (http://ht.ly/3QtiZ)

    From the article —
    Apparently, in Georgia, it’s not enough that women aren’t to be trusted to make our own medical and health decisions without government intrusion. Now, we’re not to be trusted when it comes to reporting crimes, either.

    Republican State Rep. Bobby Franklin, of Georgia, has introduced H.B. 14 which mandates that rape victims, victims of stalking or harassment, or victims of family violence may no longer be classified as “victims” but as “accusers.”

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