From the NYT:
"...One bill, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” would eliminate tax breaks for private employers who provide health coverage if their plans offer abortion services, and would forbid women who use a flexible spending plan to use pre-tax dollars for abortions. Those restrictions would go well beyond current law prohibiting the use of federal money for abortion services.
The bill, sponsored by Representative Christopher H. Smith, Republican of New Jersey, has drawn fire over language that undercuts a longstanding exemption on the ban on using federal money for abortions in the case of rape or incest; the measure narrows the definition of rape to “forcible rape,” a term that his office has never defined. Democratic lawmakers and others repeatedly hammered on the term, saying it suggested that victims of statutory rape and other crimes could not get abortions paid for with federal money"
"...Another bill, sponsored by Mr. Pitts, addresses the health care overhaul head-on by prohibiting Americans who receive insurance through state exchanges from purchasing abortion coverage, even with their own money. The bill is essentially a resurrection of a provision in the House version of the health care law but was not in the Senate version.
The bill would also permit hospitals to refuse abortions to women, even in emergency situations, if such care would offend the conscience of the health care providers.
“Both bills are designed to drive coverage for abortion out of health insurance plans, period,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights."
Following the revealing of the wordage, and the subsequent anger, the Republicans removed ONE word from the new law - the word, "Forcible" but are allowing rape via incest to remain (and one would assume, 'date' rape' and 'statutory rape' as well.
No matter how we all feel individually about abortion, we should ALL be united in the definition of RAPE and the Republicans, by trying to put through such a law, is reinventing the word and its meaning. This will have long term effects on women, on court cases. If you've refused to take a stand - no matter your party - now's the time.
Men have NEVER understood rape - hell, they still don't get sexual harassment and we're relying on the worst of the them to make and change our laws. Civil Rights is at risk, the Rights of the Disabled, and the Rights of Women, to name just a few, are at great risk - and if this is the positive proof you need - what the HELL are you waiting for to act?