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Redifining rape?

A bill to limit federal funding of abortions is redefining rape and incest, writes Nick Baumann at Mother Jones magazine.

Federal funding is only allowed to pay for abortions in the case of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is endangered. But a new bill with 173 co-sponsors would further limit federally funded exceptions, only allowing Medicaid to pay for abortions in the case of "forcible rape."

Forcible rape has no formal definition under federal law, Baumann notes, but legal experts and abortion advocates told him that the new wording would most likely prevent Medicaid from paying for abortions for victims of statutory rapes not involving the use of force. Baumann's sources also told him that the revised wording might also disallow funding of abortions in cases where perpetrators used date-rape drugs on their victims, or targeted mentally incapacitated women.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:32 PM on Jan. 28, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:33 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • I didnt know the govt paid for any abortions..Im guess Im really out of the loop. Do they pay for them now? Under what conditions?
    ria7

    Answer by ria7 at 3:33 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Isn't all rape cases forcible? Besides statutory of coarse. It's a bunch of BS that they won't cover drug rape victims or the mentally disabled rape is rape
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:34 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Sounds stupid.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 3:37 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Sorry honey...i know you're not old enough to consent to sex but there is a HUGE difference between non-consensual sex and rape. I realize you're a child, not full capable of understanding the consequenses of you actions (that's why you can't consent to sex) but in this kind of situation, age doesn't matter.

    I wonder how a 14 year old can be charged with prostitution when she's not old enough to consent to sex...guess it's just one of those things...
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:37 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Who would get to define what 'force' is?

    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 3:39 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Who would get to define what 'force' is?

    Write and ask Boehner, he says this bill is a top priority

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:40 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • I believe the main difference, legally is involved in certain statutory rape (consensual sex with an underaged minor) vs forcible rape/forcible statatory rape.  I read a legal description a while ago in a book and not online....  Not sure though...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:46 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • manipulating a minor is forcible to me

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:49 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • The legal aspects of rape include five topics concerned primarily with forcible rape—the purpose of rape law, the punishment for forcible rape, the elements of the offense, evidentiary issues, and practical concerns about enforcement. The sixth topic covered in this entry is nonforcible intercourse with a person under a statutory age of consent ("statutory rape").

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:49 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

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