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GOP women object to rape clause in 20-week abortion bill
POLITICO.COM ^ | 1/16/15 | Lauren French and Jake Sherman

Posted on 01/16/2015 3:27:58 PM PST by Morgana

HERSHEY, Pa. — A group of female GOP lawmakers is trying to pressure the Republican leadership team to make changes to a 20-week abortion ban the House is set to vote on next week.

Led by Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, the lawmakers are protesting language that requires a rape victim to formally report her assault to police to qualify for an exemption from the legislation’s abortion restrictions.

Ellmers raised the concerns during a closed-door meeting at the GOP retreat here, according to sources in the room. Her office did not have a comment on Friday on the discussions with Republican leaders.

The legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a measure that Republicans argue is broadly popular with Americans and offers a common-sense way to limit abortion rights. But the female lawmakers say such a narrow rape exemption would put the GOP at odds with voters.

The Justice Department estimates that only 32 percent of rape victims report their rapes to authorities.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: District of Columbia; US: North Carolina; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 20weekabortionban; 20weekban; abortion; exemption; police; prolife; rape; report

1 posted on 01/16/2015 3:27:58 PM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Do you mean women might have to (gasp) show an interest in prosecuting the sumbitches who raped them by reporting their crimes, in order to be eligible for the exemption?

Oh, the horrors! Women would actually have to report the rape, before they waltzed into the clinic to claim rape to get the exemption. The poor dears.

(Flame away, people, if you don’t like the snark.)


2 posted on 01/16/2015 3:33:30 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Je suis Charlie, you miserable Islamist throwbacks!)
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To: Morgana

See what Roe vs Wade has done. Everything was fine and dandy (Well, it wasn’t fine and dandy, but from a political perspective it was), with the states regulating abortion until the Supremes pulled some right to privacy out of their collective asses. They’re going to do the same thing with homo marriage too.


3 posted on 01/16/2015 3:37:14 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO PACK GO! GO PACK GO!)
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To: Morgana

The fact of the murder of innocents not withstanding...how many weeks after a rape does one need ?


4 posted on 01/16/2015 3:39:54 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Ask Lena Dunham. She knows all about the time it takes a woman to manufacture rape charges. Women don’t lie, but sometimes it takes them a while to “remember” the truth.


5 posted on 01/16/2015 3:45:08 PM PST by alstewartfan (I would go forsooth to the dragon's tooth If thus a chance were gained! Al Stewart)
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To: Morgana

If there is no verification, then everyone who wants an abortion will simply claim they were raped (well, if they have two brain cells to rub together).


6 posted on 01/16/2015 4:13:20 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: alstewartfan

Can’t trust a Duham


7 posted on 01/16/2015 4:57:58 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

The fact of the murder of innocents not withstanding...how many weeks after a rape does one need ?

—My first thought also.


8 posted on 01/16/2015 5:19:38 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Morgana

Without Helms, it’s logical that NC would fall all over for Ellmers.


9 posted on 01/16/2015 6:04:22 PM PST by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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