A Change for the Worse
In Moreno Valley, California, on March 10, 2011, a mentally disabled 11 year old girl, with the intellectual capacity of a preschooler, was lured into a park bathroom and brutally raped by a man and six boys. Imagine if this helpless handicapped girl been impregnated due to this horrific crime. According to a new bill introduced by Representatives Dan Lipinski (Illinois) and Chris Smith (New Jersey), and supported by the GOP leadership H.R. 3, also known as the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, will prohibit the rape victims the right to have a federally funded abortion. At the moment, federally funded abortions can only occur in the cases of incest, rape, or if the mother's life is at risk. These laws have remained in place since 1977, after the Hyde Amendment was passed four years after the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, in 1973. Roe v. Wade, secured American women's legal right to abortions without any restrictions. It was the Hyde Amendment that later modified it to only allow specific federal funding to pay for an abortion. This greatly affected those who qualified for Medicaid. Although supporters of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act claim that federal funding of abortion should be forbidden in the name of individual freedom, the act should in fact be thrown out because it redefines rape by implying that it is only
actually rape if force is used.
First off, advocates for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act claim that
federal funding of abortion should be forbidden in the name of individual freedom. According to Dan Lipinski, one of the Congressmen who introduced the bill,
To guarantee that taxpayers are never forced to pay for abortions and the innocent unborn are protected, we must make the longstanding ban on federal funding for abortion permanent and government-wide. Protecting the sanctity of life, and preserving the individual’s freedom not to be complicit in any way in abortion,...