Whether you are anti-abortion or pro-choice, it is extremely important that you contact your congressperson and demand that they vote down House Resolution 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”. Even if you are anti-abortion and the goal of this bill is in agreement with your values, the reason for opposing HR3 has nothing to do with abortion.
The key issue here is protection of rape victims. One of the provisions of H.R. 3 changes the federal law which gave an abortion exemption to victims of rape to victims of “forcible rape”. What the FUCK !? “Forcible rape” is not even a legal term, so what does this mean? If a woman was drugged, and did not struggle, is it rape? If a woman is too afraid for her life to repel a rapist, is it forcible? In their haste to slap together an anti-abortion bill, Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) and his co-sponsors have submitted an extremely flawed piece of legislation.
Tell your representative to vote this one down, and if you believe in the anti-abortion agenda, then tell them to go back, and write a more carefully considered bill. Fortunately, it is unlikely that this bill would get through both houses of Congress even if it made it through the House, but it sure sends a terrible message to women, and for that matter, male victims of rape as well.