House Passes “Redefining Rape” Bill, H.R. 3

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UPDATED: The House of Representatives passed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” on a 251-175 vote Wednesday afternoon. The bill has been the subject of a lot of controversy over the possibility that it could redefine rape for the purposes of abortion law and force IRS agents to ask questions during audits about whether a woman who had received an abortion had been raped or was the victim of incest. However, the bill is almost certainly DOA in the Senate, which is run by Democrats and is more sympathetic to abortion rights. Even if H.R. 3 did pass the Senate, President Barack Obama has vowed to veto it.

I’ve been following the action live on Twitter. I’d put a Twitter widget here, but they generally aren’t very good (they either show old tweets ahead of new tweets or don’t refresh), so I’d encourage you to just follow me on Twitter.

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