House Republicans plan to sidestep a charged debate over the distinction between “forcible rape” and “rape” by altering the language of a bill banning taxpayer subsidies for abortions.
For once, Politico gets it exactly right. Conservatives are sidestepping a debate on why they deliberately and carefully included language that redefines rape and adds very specific language regarding “minors” to anti-choice legislation. Minors aren’t mentioned at all in Hyde. Why’d they show up here?
This was a top priority in the new majority. After repealing health care reform legislation for all women and children, conservatives jumped all over the chance to introduce new restrictions on abortion.
I don’t think conservatives and their anti-choice activist allies should be given a pass and permitted to “sidestep” this debate. Let’s talk about why they tried to get this through, and their position on rape, minors and the health and welfare of women and girls, or, “pregnant females”. It must have been pretty damn important to rank right behind repealing health care reform.
What was this all about, and why the lying and dissembling and backtracking when it came to light?
Anti-choice activists were perfectly happy to hijack the entire national health care debate for weeks and level completely unsubstantiated charges about the proposed health care reform bill in the House. Democrats were forced to defend. The debate went on and on. I couldn’t read a newspaper or watch cable news without one or another anti-choice activist promoting their views. It was so vitally important that they be heard they threatened to shut the whole process down.
Now that they’re drafting legislation, and in a majority in the House they’re strangely silent and they’ll drop the language that was inserted to further The Cause in a hurry rather than defend it. Why is that?