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  •  What I wrote to Idaho's co-sponsor (5+ / 0-)

    with a copy to my own representative:

    Re: H.R. 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
    Dear Rep. Simpson,
    I am extremely disappointed in your co-sponsorship of H.R.3.
    The bill itself fails to define the term "forcible rape." Neither federal criminal code nor the criminal codes of some states define the term. If this bill were to become law who would determine whether a rape victim was subjected to sufficient force to enable her to obtain an abortion paid for with "federal" funds? If a female is threatened with future violence to herself or others but is neither beaten or restrained nor threatened with a deadly weapon doesn't such a threat to which she succumbs rise to the level of force necessary to prosecute a rape charge? Or must a girl or woman be impregnated by her rapist only after being beaten, restrained or threatened by a deadly weapon in order to avail herself of "federal" assistance in obtaining an abortion? What about cases when the female has been first rendered incapable of consent  by the surreptitious use of drugs or alcohol by the rapist?
    Why is statutory rape excluded from the limitations and prohibitions set forth in the bill? Rape is rape. If a female is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse said intercourse is rape.
    Please don't bother having a staffer respond to this email. The party line is abundantly clear.

    This space for sale.

    by lamzdotes on Tue Feb 01, 2011 at 09:17:15 AM PST

    •  Good letter. (1+ / 0-)
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      I doubt that Simpson will give a rats ass.

      It's so hard to be an Idahoan.

      My dogs think triciawyse is smart and pretty. They think I'm a strange, frumpy woman wth limitless snacks.

      by martydd on Tue Feb 01, 2011 at 09:58:26 AM PST

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