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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:13 PM

House Republicans’ new Todd Akin moment

Republicans are considering killing a measure that would give raped female soldiers free access to abortion


If there’s one thing this election taught us, it’s that fighting against abortion in the case of rape should be avoided at all costs. And yet, Republicans may come back for another serving of Todd Akin’s humble pie.

Right now, if you’re a woman in the military, which has startlingly high rates of sexaul assault, and you get raped, you have the added insult to injury of having to pay for an abortion out of your own pocket. That’s because the military’s health insurance plan is the only one in the federal government that does not cover abortion in the case of rape or incest. It’ll only cover the procedure if the woman’s life is in danger

Democrats in the Senate have tried to change this, but House Republicans have so far resisted, thus producing two different bills — one with the change and one without. Yesterday, the House named their representatives to a bicameral committee that will hammer out the differences between the two bills, including this provision. While killing the amendment could reignite the explosive abortion and rape debate of the summer, Republicans generally oppose the expansion of reproductive rights, even for raped female soldiers.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the New Hampshire Democrat who authored the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, told Salon, “This is an issue of equity.” Every other woman who gets federal health benefits, from civilian government employees, to Medicaid recipients, to federal prison inmates, gets abortion coverage in the case of rape. “It is only fair that the thousands of brave women in uniform fighting to protect our freedoms are treated the same. I have been encouraged by the bipartisan support this provision has received in the Senate thus far, and I urge the House and Senate conferees to continue that support,” Shaheen added.



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:12 PM

1. The only good thing about this is that it further alienates the American people from

the Republican brand.

Keep it up, you blithering idiots, and good riddance to ya!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:16 PM

2. Isn't there one smart person among the Rs or are they secretly being blackmailed or

threaten of a primary. Whatever happened to standing up for yourself? The Rs are spineless.

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Response to Filibuster Harry (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:07 PM

3. Maybe they signed a pledge

to somebody other than their constituents?

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