Are we one step away from making women prove that they have been raped in order to let them get an abortion? That might well be the case in Indiana, where Republican state Representative Eric Turner declared that there should be no exception for rape or incest victims when it comes to potential taxpayer funded abortions, since women might just lie in order to get the procedure covered.
Via Talking Points Memo:
Turner, in response, argued that this would create a “giant loophole,” where “someone who could — I want to be very careful, I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who’s gone through the experience of a rape, or an incest — but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.”
He added that the amendment doesn’t allow for any “confirmation” of that, “so I would ask you, as I think most Americans and most Hoosiers believe that abortion coverage of any kind should not be a part of the federal health care act.”
We already have the potential for I.R.S. audits for rape victims thanks to H.R. 3′s “no taxpayer funded abortion” stipulations. Now, apparently there are politicians who are going to demand “proof” that a woman was raped in order for her to have an abortion paid for.
I wonder what sort of proof they would like? Will a woman have to supply a police report or paperwork from a hospital after the event? Maybe she can show documentation from the rape kits that Republicans had been refusing to pay for, forcing women to cover those costs, too?