Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Abortion Audits?

Where do we live, again? If Speaker Boehner has his way, women who are victims of rape or incest could be required to relive that experience when they are questioned by their friendly neighborhood IRS agent. That's right, H.R. 3, a bill that seeks to further restrict federal funding for abortion, redefines "rape" and opens the door for the IRS to question a women about whether her particular rape was "forcible" enough to qualify. Here's how the bill is described by Open Congress:
This bill would make permanent and expand the Hyde amendment restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions. It seeks to prohibit even indirect funding streams that may potentially come in contact with abortion services. For example, it would deny tax credits to companies that offer health plans that cover abortions and it would block anybody with insurance that covers abortions from receiving federal subsidies, even if the abortion portion is paid separately with personal funds. It would also redefine rape for the purpose of exempting resulting abortions from the federal funding restrictions as "forcible rape" and limit the incest exemption to cases where the women is a minor.

I suggest that we all 1) Call our congressmen and 2) make it our business to elect more women by contributing to organizations like Georgia's WIN List.

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