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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:05 PM

Pennsylvania Bill Would Reduce Food Stamp Benefits For Women Who Cannot Prove They Were Raped



Pennsylvania Bill Would Reduce Food Stamp Benefits For Women Who Cannot Prove They Were Raped

A Pennsylvania House bill seeks to limit the amount of food stamp assistance that low-income women receive based on the amount of children they give birth to while covered under the program.

Despite the fact that low-income women who give birth to children would logically need increased assistance to care for their larger family, Pennsylvania lawmakers ó State Reps. RoseMarie Swanger (R), Tom Caltagirone (D), Mark Gillen (R), Keith Gillespie (R), Adam Harris (R), and Mike Tobash (R) ó donít want their stateís food stamp program to provide additional benefits for that newborn. If a woman gives birth to a child who was conceived from rape, she may seek an exception to this rule so that her food stamp benefits arenít slashed, but only if she can provide proof that she reported her sexual assault and her abuserís identity to the police:

In determining the amount of assistance payments to a recipient family of benefits under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program, the department shall revise the schedule of benefits to be paid to the recipient family by eliminating the increment in benefits under the program for which that family would otherwise be eligible as a result of the birth of a child conceived during the period in which the family is eligible for benefits under the TANF Program. (...)

Elimination of benefits under subsection (d) shall not apply to any child conceived as a result of rape or incest if the department: (1) receives a non-notarized, signed statement from the pregnant woman stating that she was a victim of rape or incest, as the case may be, and that she reported the crime, including the identity of the offender, if known, to a law enforcement agency having the requisite jurisdiction or, in the case of incest where a pregnant minor is the victim, to the county child protective service agency and stating the name of the law enforcement agency or child protective service agency to which the report was made and the date such report was made.


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Full article here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/24/1083101/proposed-bill-food-stamp-benefits-raped/




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Reply Pennsylvania Bill Would Reduce Food Stamp Benefits For Women Who Cannot Prove They Were Raped (Original post)
Tx4obama Oct 2012 OP
JaneQPublic Oct 2012 #1
Sadiedog Oct 2012 #2
kimbutgar Oct 2012 #3
Maeve Oct 2012 #4
Tx4obama Oct 2012 #5
flamingdem Oct 2012 #7
Shrike47 Oct 2012 #6
hamsterjill Oct 2012 #8
progressivebydesign Oct 2012 #9
Paulie Oct 2012 #10
nobunnyclue Oct 2012 #11
ProudProgressiveNow Oct 2012 #12
yellowcanine Oct 2012 #13
JustAnotherGen Oct 2012 #14
CreekDog Oct 2012 #15
VAliberal Oct 2012 #16
Zambero Oct 2012 #17
Faygo Kid Oct 2012 #18
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #19

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:10 PM

1. GOPers are now Pro-Choice for Rapists -- to sire a baby with any woman they want.

With this issue coming up again and again in their speeches, interviews, and legislation, they need to be known by a new name: Rape-publicans.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:11 PM

2. This really pisses me off!

The newborn and the children are not responsible for the parents behavior first off! Secondly why don`t these goofs complain about cooperate welfare which takes so much more in taxes. I just hate when people get all in a huff about Food Stamps!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:12 PM

3. These legislators in Pennsylvania have really gone insane.

I'm glad I live in my blue California. But I feel sorry for the women of Pennsylvania. They really need to vote out as many of these rethugs on November 6th.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:14 PM

4. Ya see...they're protected beings until they are born, then they're just her problem!

Can't you hear it.."She should have gone to Planned Parenthood...oops...had an aborti...no...just said 'NO', that's it!"

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:20 PM

5. Republicans are just insane


Republicans are against...

Sex Education
Contraception access
The Morning After Pill
Abortion

but after you decide to bring a child into the world - then NO FOOD STAMPS FOR YOU!
NO free healthcare to YOU!
NO access to equal eduction for YOU!
NO equal pay if you're a female for YOU!

Grrr





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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:21 PM

7. +1 where else in the world do we see a party advocating this

and getting votes from those they damage?!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:21 PM

6. No food stamps for any child conceived during the period the family is eligible for benefits.

Even if the family was not, in fact, receiving those benefits?

The usual heartless GOP crap. Hungry children is God's goal, doncha know.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:26 PM

8. The shape of things to come if Republicans have power.

Vote, Democrats! Please vote!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:27 PM

9. More joy from the Rape-Ublican Party. What is wrong with those people???? nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:28 PM

10. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?

Monsters!!!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:28 PM

11. Political hypocracy

Repukes love passing laws like this because it (1) punishes sexual activity and procreation by "undesirables", (2) cuts government spending and reduces tax funded transfers to the poor, and (3) it exudes "personal responsibility".

On the other hand, when you look at a law like this and say it may encourage responsible birth control practices, increase the number of children in poverty, and impeded religious freedom, what do the pro-life, anti-contraception xtians have to say? What about married Catholics that qualify for TANF, but out of religious zealousness, do not engage in family planning. What about members of LDS, whose duty it is to procreate?

Bunch of hypocrites.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:30 PM

12. It seems

that the GOP has lost even a semblance of decency.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:31 PM

13. Their timing is exquisite. Should boost Romney in Pennsylvania.....

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:32 PM

14. Seriously?

What the hell is going on down the road there?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:43 PM

15. for married couples on food stamps, are they telling them to use birth control?

or not have relations?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:44 PM

16. Republicans want to privilege rape

via this legislation. The very same theocrats who weep and moan about America being a Christian nation would starve poor children to make some sort of point about abortion or welfare or sacred blastocysts.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:57 PM

17. Food stamps for "legitimate" rape only?

Here we go again. Keep digging, GOP!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:36 PM

18. GOP: Life begins at conception, ends at birth.

Has always been thus. Fetus: Deserves all the protections of the state. Baby: Let the brat go hungry.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:01 PM

19. That one is a Corbett special.

 

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