Skip to main content

View Diary: Politico reporter Dave Catanese explains Akin sort of has a point about rape and magic ladyparts (182 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  what GOP House wants, changing rape definition. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    antirove, raincrow
    .................. the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," a bill with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has dubbed a top priority in the new Congress, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases.


    "This bill takes us back to a time when just saying 'no' wasn't enough to qualify as rape,"
    says Steph Sterling, a lawyer and senior adviser to the National Women's Law Center. Laurie Levenson, a former assistant US attorney and expert on criminal law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, notes that the new bill's authors are "using language that's not particularly clear, and some people are going to lose protection." Other types of rapes that would no longer be covered by the exemption include rapes in which the woman was drugged or given excessive amounts of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes. "There are a lot of aspects of rape that are not included," Levenson says.
    House Republicans Plan to Change Rape Definition.
    ~ my bold

    From a January 2011 MJ article.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:03:22 PM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site