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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Feb 4, 2011 12:19 PM CST
When, proven malicious false rape claim carries a sentence equal to the crime itself, victims will receive a much better quality of justice.
Feb 3, 2011 9:08 PM CST
She must have taken lessons from whoopi
Feb 3, 2011 12:51 PM CST
If federal funds are used for abortion only in rape cases, you are going to have problems. There will be desperate women, mostly young ones, who will claim rape falsely. It will not be pretty. This is a system designed to invite people to lie. A false rape charge is a terrible thing, and cast doubt on all women who are raped. But the neurotic, the young, the "not so bright", will be absorbed in their own problems and hormones, and not thinking clearly. For some women, an unwanted pregnancy feels like a parasite growing in her---she feels invaded and angry. If she is also angry at the man, especially if he "caused" the pregnancy by taking off the condom mid-sex etc, lied about a vasectomy etc..., and then he refuses (or she cannot ask him) to pay for the abortion, the stage is set for the situation to get very ugly. The logical and humane thing to do is to pay for abortions as you would other health care needs. Can you imagine the health department, insurance etc... refusing to pay for any health procedure for a man, on moral grounds?