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Pro-choice posterIt's estimated that as many as 16% of American citizens are currently looking for work. More than anything the American people want jobs, but you know what Republicans consider one of their top priorities?

Making sure that federal dollars do not pay to terminate pregnancies.

It's called "The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act", or "HR 3" in government jargon. HR3 means it's the third bill the Republican's have scheduled for a vote in the current session of Congress because IT'S JUST THAT IMPORTANT, PEOPLE!.


Currently, government funding can be used to pay for pregnancy terminations but only in the cases of rape, incest or danger to the health of the mother. But Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J) wants to get around these loopholes by redefining rape to mean sexual assault that requires the use of force. To him it's all consensual sex unless the woman fights back and can prove it.

If this bill is passed you can kiss Ladies Night goodbye.

In Mr. Smith's world our cities lie barren of children and mothers wail piteously into the dark, cold night for the children they'd be rocking in their arms if only the government had not been so god damn generous with its medicare funding. Mr. Smith wants men to be free to impregnate drugged women and underage girls. What a swell guy. Why, with his help we'll soon be swimming in babies!

This bill won't make it to the Senate floor much less past the President's desk as it's really nothing but a means of assembling a new list of Democratic "baby-killers" to wave in front of the glazed eyes of their conservative base in the run-up to 2012, but that doesn't mean it deserves less than our full-throated objections.

For a full analysis of this insulting bill I urge you to read Nick Baumann's column at and neodods article on his LiveJournal page.


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I'm a career business woman. I was drugged and raped.

I'm thirteen. I was raped by by my uncle.

I'm a college student. I was violently date-raped.

I'm Republican congressman Chris Smith and I've decided that no one gets to use the word "rape" unless I say they can.