Indiana Rep: Women Would Lie About Being Raped For Free Abortions

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?

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jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

Ridiculous charge from a fool.

Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond4 years ago

As one feminist said,"If I can't be trusted to make my own choices for my body, how can I be trusted to raise a child?"
I resent the assumption by Mr. Turner that women WILL lie just because they are faced with an unintended pregnancy.
I resent the violation of of our 1st and 4th Amendment rights.
I resent the imposition of religion and religious principles on me. Even though I am not a woman. Unintended pregnancies cost us all $5-11 billion a year.
I highly recommend the article "When God Demands Abortion" by the theologian Davidson Loehr.
As I have said many times before and will repeat until someone listens. These people have to decide if they are christians who live in America or Americans who practice christianity.
That someone, Mr. Turner, who is sworn to "...uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States..."would violate the 1st and 4th Amendment rights of women. That you assume a womans guilt, that sir makes you a liar, a perjurer, a thief and a traitor.
I only regret that you lack the intellect and the courage to read Care2 so you will not know my words or my accusations. That makes them no less valid.
I can only hope that those who support a womans right to choose will call this rectal orifice to task.

Jami Winn
Jami Winn4 years ago

if you were raped and wound up with a child you didn't want or intent to have then why should you have to keep it

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

A new low from the Repukes and Teabags. Not holding my breathe until the next demonizing suggestion are handed down by these un-democratic forces of evil. Instead I'll do everything in my power to defeat them.

April Thompson
April Thompson4 years ago

So ridiculous!

Emanuel v.
Emanuel v.4 years ago

Sorry, but women who kill their unborn, and men who assist or approve abortions are murderers, no more no less. The taking of human life , no matter what stage is killing, and that is forbidden by the main world religions. Just because society turns a blind eye does not make it right. We are expected to love our neighbour and killing is not love by any stretch of the imagination. Murder is a hatefull act and therfore demonic.

Lika S.
Lika S.4 years ago

If the raped have to prove they were raped, it's too late to help them. By the time the court is over, the baby is born. Rape victims should be entitled, and the government shouldn't ask any questions to if I want an abortion or not. What If I made an appointment to abort my cycle this month? It's none of anyone's business.

Angela R.
Angela R.4 years ago

Is the word GOBSMACKED appropriate here? I never thought I would have a reason to use it - but this TWIT (I'm trying to clean up my language) from my home state seems to have created the perfect storm - anti woman (no rights), anti child (no Headstart, school lunches, etc.), anti workers (no unions) to support the child - did I miss anything?

Alessandra C.

I think women should avoid getting pregnant if they do not want to be pregnant at all. But I think that, provided it is once in their life, not a way of living, they should be able to have an abortion without having to lie.

Nancy L.
.4 years ago

This is really Bad sorry Pro Choice