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GOP Wants To Audit Your Abortion

GOP Wants To Audit Your Abortion

Republicans are so serious about policing women’s bodies that they have enlisted the help of the IRS. Under the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”, or H.R.3 IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest.

That’s right. House Republicans are proposing, and are expected to pass, abortion audits.

The audit would be the only way to ensure that taxpayers were complying with the law which bans federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake. In some cases the law will forbid using tax benefits like credits or deductions to pay for abortions or even health insurance that covers abortion.

Under the bill, if a woman who used such a benefit (like her own insurance) were to be audited, she would bear the burden of providing documentation that her abortion fell under the rape/incest/life-of-the-mother exception, or that the health insurance she had purchased did not cover abortion.

Making the woman prove to government agents that she fell under the exception is a particularly nice touch, don’t you think?

But the bill would affect more than just the women who have had to terminate a pregnancy. Some adults pay for abortions for their children, meaning that if H.R. 3 becomes law parents could face IRS questions about whether they spend pre-tax money from health savings accounts on abortions for their child, forcing the family to relive and explain to investigators just how the pregnancy happened.

Given that H.R. 3 is the same bill that tried to set “forcible rape” as the standard for the abortion exception, the fact that it tasks the IRS with womb patrol should come as little surprise. It’s also a perfect reminder that the GOP has set as its only agenda the eradication of women’s rights.

 

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5:56PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

How about eradicate the GOP???? Especially the idiots that want the IRS to do audits on families or single women that have had an abortion! I really hope that saying "What you do to others will come back to you" is accurate. Didn't Jesus say that whoever is without sin THEY can cast the stone? I don't think any one of the GOP party, Democrat, Independent, Communist, Green,.... can cast that stone. If the GOP think they can... BLIND and DEAF might start describing them and again, they don't need to be in a position of responsibility.

5:54PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

How about eradicate the GOP???? Especially the idiots that want the IRS to do audits on families or single women that have had an abortion! I really hope that saying "What you do to others will come back to you" is accurate. Didn't Jesus say that whoever is without sin THEY can cast the stone? I don't think any one of the GOP party, Democrat, Independent, Communist, Green,.... can cast that stone. If the GOP think they can... BLIND and DEAF might start describing them and again, they don't need to be in a position of responsibility.

2:37AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

Another example of the MYTH that Republicans want less regulations and less government intervention into our personal lives.

Republican = hypocrite.

9:57PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

this is ridiculous how far will they let this go .. it is very unfortunate that the republicans won congress

9:18PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Abortion is a tragedy, no doubt about it. But so is a child raised in poverty, stunted physically by inadequate nutrition, intellectually by inadequate stimulation, and morally by inadequate guidance. So is a young woman forced to become a mother when she is still discovering who she is. So is a child raised in a substandard orphanage because nobody wants him. So is a woman dying at the hands of a back-alley "abortionist."
It's an imperfect world, with many cruel choices. But the rich would deny choice to the poor and even the middle class, because THEY don't need public funding to get an abortion.

9:57PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Now we suddenly get input on what we want to spend tax $ on, alright then republicans, lets talk defense spending and corporate tax cuts.

8:18PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

What? WHAT?!?! Let me get this straight, if a woman decides she doesn't want the baby she has to prove that she was violated in order to get an abortion? How, with a signed slip from the rapist? Or maybe she goes straight to the abortion clinic when she gets raped just so they can stick a vacuum up her ovaries to "double" check? Who the hell decided up in Washington D.C. to make this ridiculous rule? Wake up Republicans, do you want these girls in some guys apartment trying to do an illegal abortion with a wire hanger and a Hefty bag because they can't afford it? Because if you do then there will be alot more thrown away babies and women dying because some idiot they paid $50 to decided that he had a 4 year degree as a doctor? You politicians only think about what benefits you! It's like you are deaf to the cries of the hungry, blind to the abused begging at your feet for help, and emotionless to all of the people of your country who you see on the brink of Hell reaching out desperately to you as their last hope of salvation! Stop staring at your stupid useless stocks and reciepts and HELP US!

3:14PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

They way I see it, if the Rethuglicans insist on pushing this piece of crap law, then THEY should be the ones audited for NOT getting themselves neutered and spayed. Honestly, for people who supposedly want to get the government off people's backs, they are more oppresssive than what they accuse Obama of being.

3:06PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

What the hell is wrong with your people? Grasping at straws?? You suck!!!

11:03AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

So what? If the idiots pass this, the solution is easy; just refuse to answer the IRS if you are audited. What are they going to do? Throw you in jail for not revealing your private information? And if they do, well then, the Suffragettes were thrown in jail for demanding that women be given the vote, civil rights activists were thrown in jail for demanding racial equality, Nelson Mandala was thrown in jail for protesting against Apartheid. You would be in very good company. And do you think the country would stand for women being thrown in jail because they didn't want to talk about their personal trauma and medical history? Of course not. End of law.

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