POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Republicans, led by Congressman Christopher Smith of NJ, seek to re-define rape eligible for abortion as solely “forcible rape” … the co-sponsors of the bill (HR3) include our Key West representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 3, 2011

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) & Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

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UDATE: Lew’s email to Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen …

“Could you please explain why you are supporting HR3

to limit abortions related to rape to ‘forcible rape.’

Surely you know that many rapes do not result

in broken bones and bruises.”

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Lorna Fink writes in the Greenville Women’s Issues Examiner (2/2/11) …

  • House Bill 3, also known as the “No Tax Payer Funding for Abortions Act as introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on January 20, 2011, calls for increased restrictions on federal funding for abortions in an attempt to eliminate “acceptable bigotry”, as defined by Rep. Smith himself.
  • The bill seeks to limit the cases in which women can receive funds for abortion to only those cases of “forcible rape”, minors who become pregnant by means of incest, and when the life of the mother can only be saved through abortion.
  • The bill by no means seeks to define the term “forcible rape” and ultimately creates a situation in which women who are victims of date rape, rape via the consumption of drugs and or alcohol, the rape of a mentally disabled individual, or statutory rape without violent circumstances are no longer able to seek abortion coverage.

read the entire article at … http://www.examiner.com/women-s-issues-in-greenville/no-no-longer-means-no-according-to-rep-chris-smith

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LMW COMMENT …

Why any woman or caring man would vote for Christopher Smith or Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, or any other similarly minded member of Congress, is beyond me.

Read a summary of HR3 below. Please note the inconsistent provisions of HR3 which …

  • “Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.”
  • but “such prohibitions shall not apply to an abortion if: (1) the pregnancy is the result of forcible rape”
  • If you can’t get a policy that includes abortion, of what value is the exception regarding forcible rape?
  • Did the Representatives who sponsored this bill actually read it?

Click to find out if your representative is a co-sponsor …

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR00003:@@@P

Then contact your Representative and express your outrage. Call a district office or send an email to your Representative through this Congressional email site …

https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

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H.R.3 … No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 1/20/2011)      Cosponsors (173)
Latest Major Action: 1/20/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

SUMMARY AS OF: 1/3/2011–Introduced.

  • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act – Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion.
  • Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.)
  • Disallows any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan that includes coverage of abortion, including any medical deduction for such amounts or any credit for such an employer-sponsored plan.
  • Prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District.
  • Provides that such prohibitions shall not apply to an abortion if: (1) the pregnancy is the result of forcible rape or, if the pregnant woman is a minor, incest; or (2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician.
  • Makes such prohibitions applicable to District funds.
  • Creates a cause of action for any violations of the abortion provisions of PPACA. Gives federal courts jurisdiction to prevent and redress actual or threatened violations of such provisions by issuing any form of legal or equitable relief, including an injunction or order preventing the disbursement of all or a portion of federal financial assistance until the prohibited conduct has ceased. Gives standing to institute an action to affected health care entities and the Attorney General.
  • Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive, investigate, and refer to the appropriate federal agency complaints alleging a violation of PPACA abortion provisions.


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