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Stewart Debates Rape vs. Rape-Rape

Should taxpayer money really go to women who've only been 'rape-ished'?

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 3, 2011 9:41 AM CST
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(Newser) – The GOP wants to limit federal funding for abortions to cases of “forcible rape” only, and, not surprisingly, Jon Stewart was there last night to heap his scorn on the idea. “All rape is by definition forcible,” he pointed out, but correspondent Kristen Schaal wasn’t convinced. “You’d be surprised how many drugged, underage, or mentally handicapped women have been gaming the system,” she deadpans. “Sorry ladies, the free abortion ride is over.”

“There’s rape, and there’s rape-rape,” and only rape-rape should be covered, she insists. Questions like whether a woman is “dressed slutty” determine “what is rape-rape and what is merely rape-ish,” she explained. “And I don’t think hard-earned tax dollars should go to women who’ve only been rape-ished.” The bottom line, as she explained it to Stewart: “Congress is redefining rape to protect us from the worst kind of rape: money rape. That’s forcible taking of taxpayer’s money to pay for abortions.” (Politico notes today that House Republicans will remove the controversial "forcible" term from the bill.)

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