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  1. Florence
    Florence January 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm |

    I think Aunt B captures the sadism inherent to a bill like this quite well. Highly recommended POV — this is a disgusting proposal.

  2. Michelle Johnson
    Michelle Johnson January 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

    So… the GOP is now stating that “Tamar” was never “forcibly raped” and the Bible is wrong. Gosh…I’ll have to re-think the Bible or better yet- how about you quitting mocking God you hypocrites.

  3. Lynnsey
    Lynnsey January 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm |

    I opened a Twitter account today specifically for this purpose.

    I am obsessing about this. I have been for days. It blows my mind how anyone can support this. I emailed my Congressman today and told him in no uncertain terms how disgusting I thought his support of this bill is. It’s not bad enough that they’re trying to essentially block all access to abortion, but then to tell rape survivors that they don’t count because their rape wasn’t violent enough…it makes me want to punch something.

    What’s next? Will they try to ban women of reproductive age who want to remain childless from having their tubes tied, etc?

  4. Lynnsey
    Lynnsey January 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm |

    Jill: They already do that at Catholic hospitals

    Well, yes…but how long before it’s legitimized in a federal law. Think of all the potential babies they could protect!

  5. Kristen J.
    Kristen J. January 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |

    I hate people. Forget all that stuff I said about everyone being just people carrying around their own baggage but capable of being good. People are evil. I’m shopping for a previously uninhabited island…which I think just got considerably smaller.

  6. ElleBeMe
    ElleBeMe January 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

    YOu know, when I read things like this, and I read about how Wall Street robbed us blind, how the agricultural industry is legally allowed to recycle hazardous waste into fertilizer (not rendering it NON-Hazardous), the destruction of small communities accross our country due to globalization, the destruction of communities around the world because of globalization…and on and on and on…

    I really do begin to give up hope. So many of the gains that were made decades ago for social and economic equality have been trashed and tossed….or are on the endangered list of things soon to go. I will never have to have an abortion again. I had my children and got my tubes tied. But I fear for the women of my childrens’ generation. I am not so sure they will be able to have a safe, legal choice. And no matter how many letters I send, how I participate in keeping access safe and legal….I am not so sure that they will. The numbers showing up for “pro-life” protests are growing while pro-choice events remain sparse.

    I would really hate for the future to look back upon us now and say, “damn, you had it and let it slip away!” and have to explain to them we did all we could.

    Things are not looking good for American women. Not at all. Problem is we, like our male counterparts are trying to stay afloat and keep food on our table.

  7. PrettyAmiable
    PrettyAmiable January 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |

    Thank God I was assaulted when I was sleeping in my own bed. For a second there, I thought I was raped. Thanks, GOP, for clarifying that one for me.

  8. Astrid
    Astrid January 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm |

    Thank goodness I can’t live in the U.S. I have read up a lot on HR3 and it sounds more horrible the more I read about it. Is there anything I, as a foreigner, can do to save reproductive rights in your country?

  9. Jim
    Jim January 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |

    ElleBeMe: I really do begin to give up hope. So many of the gains that were made decades ago for social and economic equality have been trashed and tossed….or are on the endangered list of things soon to go.

    It sure feels that way. It’s because we got complacent. I hope all those hopefully “whiny, entitled” Gen Xers and Millenials get fired up. I don’t hold out much hope for us Boomers doing the right thing.

  10. Nahida
    Nahida January 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm |

    WTF

  11. GallingGalla
    GallingGalla January 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm |

    Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann valued their credibility as leftists enough so that we were successful in pressuring them to admit their wrongs (even if only partially).

    Sadly, I don’t think that Boehner and the gang give a rat’s ass. They have the support of their fundamentalist right-wing Christian base and the industrialists. Basically, I’m feeling pretty hopeless about not just this specific bill, but the direction this country is turning.

    Nevertheless, I’ll be tweeting Boehner and #DearJohn and writing my reps, if only to keep myself from sitting and stewing.

  12. ElleBeMe
    ElleBeMe January 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm |

    Jim – I am a gen-xer. :>) I don’t see my generation as so much whiny, but rather to have imbibed rather heavily the Randian Objectivist Kool-Aide. We’re the generation that went from “who cares” to “Fuck you, I got mine.”

    I grew up with some of the “radicals” of the 60′s. I remember being told what life was like for women, and especially how life was for them if you were sexually active. I have a relative that survived her back-alley (she’s gone now….) but could not have children afterwards. And when I say survive, I mean it. She nearly died from it.

    There was once a time when the ueber religious were laughed at – that draconian policies like the one above were thought to be so insane NOBODY could take who proposed them seriously. NOw we have Rand Pul, Boehner, Palin, etc. etc….

    What the eff happened?

  13. GOP Knows Best Whether You Were Raped « Astrid's Journal

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  14. April
    April January 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm |

    Yes, there is a Twitter hashtag — #DearJohn. You can also tweet directly @JohnBoehner.

    FYI, Sady mentioned at some point today that if you want to direct #DearJohn tweets at Boehner, you should send them to @SpeakerBoehner.

  15. Lily
    Lily January 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm |

    ElleBeMe: The numbers showing up for “pro-life” protests are growing while pro-choice events remain sparse.  

    Do you know of events that people can attend or a website to find events for pro-choicers to go to? I would be interested in helping, but I don’t know where to go.

  16. Nahida
    Nahida January 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm |

    You know, if it weren’t for the title of the act, I would be absolutely sure this had no chance of passing. I know some people who are pro-choice and believe taxpayer money shouldn’t pay for abortions. But of course, the act is more than that. I hope to God people read things first!

  17. Nahida
    Nahida January 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm |

    Of course, it won’t even matter since it’s not even up to that. *fumes*

  18. Azalea
    Azalea February 1, 2011 at 12:17 am |

    Adequate healthcare is quickly becoming a luxury service only afforded to the uppermidle class and beyond.

    Redefining rape? Taking out the incest , life and health provisions? So poor women are pushed into more of the likes of Gosnell? Punishing small businesses for offering adequate healthcare options to its employees?

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  20. ElleBeMe
    ElleBeMe February 1, 2011 at 10:29 am |

    Lily: Do you know of events that people can attend or a website to find events for pro-choicers to go to? I would be interested in helping, but I don’t know where to go.  (Quote this comment?)

    I wish I did.

  21. groggette
    groggette February 1, 2011 at 10:33 am |

    Lynnsey: What’s next? Will they try to ban women of reproductive age who want to remain childless from having their tubes tied, etc?

    obviously not a federal thing, but a lot of doctors already do this, whether or not they are Catholic themselves or affiliated with a Catholic hospital.

  22. Lynnsey
    Lynnsey February 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

    @groggette…I’ll repeat my response to Jill from above. Of course this already happens. What I’m asking is how long before it’s codified by federal law? That seems like it would be the next step. Or why not mandating abortions for certain people? The government that can tell me I can’t have an abortion isn’t too far off from the one that can tell me I must.

  23. Hilary Nachem
    Hilary Nachem February 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm |

    This issue is something that is extremely important to our ongoing struggle for women’s rights. At EMILY’s List, we know that over the past 26 years, our members have fought for the freedoms my generation enjoys today by helping to elect pro-choice Democratic women. We’re asking the GOP: what are your priorities? You spoke of an economic mandate, but your actions show a dedication to rolling back the rights of women.

    Join EMILY’s List in sending this message to Speaker Boehner: we will not stand for these attacks on women’s rights.

    Visit http://boehnersamerica.com today to join us.

  24. Paraxeni
    Paraxeni February 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm |

    This is nothing short of disgusting and barbaric. To think of a bunch of men sitting around, trying to think of any way at all they can further limit who has the right to bodily autonomy, who hump to “Hey, let’s redefine rape so that the vast majority of rapes don’t actually count!”, it’s sick. I’m not an American, I’m a woman who will never be in need of an abortion, and this story made me cry for most of the weekend.

    I spent today arguing with someone who said “Well, we have to make women jump through hoops, or they’ll use abortion as their default birth control.”

    Yes, you read that right. All women are vapid, ambulatory uteruses who cannot use forward-thinking or contraception, and would rather get abortions once every few weeks, so they need to be protected from themselves.

    When I pointed out that I live in a country that has the following:

    -taxpayer funded abortion (and I’m fucking proud of it)
    -abortion free of charge on the NHS
    -the majority of procedures carried out before 8 weeks
    -virtually immediate access to RU486+a hospital bed in ‘high-risk- areas

    and that they’re still the exception, not the rule – that person vanished from the debate. You see, abortion up to 24 weeks that is essentially on demand and free of charge, doesn’t make people think “YAY! Scraping time!” and cause them to flush their pills down the toilet, or yank out their IUDs. No, it makes them think “I hope I won’t need one, but if I do, I know it’ll be safe and relatively easy to access.”

    The ambulatory uteruses are capable of thought, actual sentient beings. Almost mind-boggling really. *cough*

    Abortion will always be a necessary service, nothing is going to make it go away, ever. Not redefining who’s eligible, not banning it altogether. I suppose re-opening ‘septic tank’ wards in hospitals will create a handful of jobs for people caring for the coathanger+cohosh crowd, but as long as pregnancy is a possibility, people who can get pregnant will need a way to end it. Why don’t these (I rarely use this word) EVIL people understand that? Is demonising survivors of rape and incest just an added layer of frosting on their fail-cake, or what? Something’s going badly wrong here America.

  25. Paraxeni
    Paraxeni February 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm |

    Er, that should be ‘jump to’ not ‘hump to’, and ‘forethought’ not ‘forward thinking’. I shouldn’t post on heavy duty meds.

  26. Paraxeni
    Paraxeni February 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm |

    Er, that should be ‘jump to’ not ‘hump to’, and ‘forethought’ not ‘forward thinking’. I shouldn’t post on heavy duty meds.

  27. Gordon
    Gordon February 2, 2011 at 10:03 am |

    I have said it elsewhere, and I’ll say it here. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is tyranny and bigotry at its ugliest, and that’s all it is.

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  29. Nat
    Nat February 3, 2011 at 11:58 am |

    This bill makes me sick to my stomach even thinking about it. I by no means support using abortions as alternative birth control but if a woman needs one for her physical, mental, or emotional health she should be able to have one. Creating rules like this allows women’s safety to be compromised. You take away their options and they will go to places that are unsafe in order to deal with this issue.

    Also how dare someone determine the value of a rape based on the amount of force or the age of the woman. Whether you’re 14 or 52 rape is a horrible thing to go through and to tell many survivors that their rape was somehow less legitimate or worthy of concern than another rape is the cruelest thing I’ve ever heard.

    As a survivor, when I read this I actually got physically ill. My rape may or may not have qualified if this had been implemented at the time. But I hate to think of the multitude of women who will suffer if this is allowed to pass.

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  31. Feminema
    Feminema February 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm |

    See here for my open letter to my state representative (who, of course, is on that list of co-sponsors of H.R. 3):

    http://feminema.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/action-against-h-r-3-abortionrape/

  32. Paraxeni
    Paraxeni February 3, 2011 at 11:59 pm |

    Nat- ” I by no means support using abortions as alternative birth control ”

    Good. Know why? NOBODY DOES THAT. Nobody.

    You cannot be “pro-choice but…”. You are or you’re not, pro-choice full-stop.

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