Narrowing the Definition of Rape

Rather than punishing companies for allowing abortions to be covered by insurance or narrowing the definition of rape to further restrict who can and cannot get abortions, we should spend time and money educating youth about sex, their bodies, and responsibility. Preventing unwanted pregnancies, rather than ending unwanted pregnancies, is the key. In the case of rape (by the broadest of definitions) no female should be prevented from legally ending a pregnancy that results from such a heinous crime.

New Jersey Republican Chris Smith’s “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” or H.R. 3, is a bill that would ban the use of taxpayer subsidies for abortions for any pregnancies not resulting from life-threatening illnesses or “forcible” rape. The distinction between what would constitute “forcible” rape (as opposed to what–non-forcible rape?) is what has many people concerned that the legislation will create a narrow definition of rape, which would have powerful ramifications.

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