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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Answer by layh41407 at 3:39 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...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:46 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").
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:49 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
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