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Why Do Politicians Want to Punish Rape Victims?

Friday, 01 Apr 2011 07:52 AM

By Wayne Allyn Root

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Are you aware that the number of rapes now surpasses breast cancer cases? Do you realize a woman or child is raped or molested in this country every two minutes?

The worst part: Politicians in D.C. create bills that appear to punish rape and incest victims.

Are you aware politicians are now choosing to cut spending on abortions and medical care for rape and incest victims, instead of where the real money is spent? Are you aware that if they get their way, women will be required to pay for their rape kits and tests after being sexually assaulted?

Talk about adding insult to injury. It’s occurring right now, but I’ve heard nothing in the news, or on talk radio. Nothing.

Speaker John Boehner, the man who cried through his interview on "60 Minutes," has somehow lost his empathy when it comes to rape victims. His wife explained he was emotional about his new appointment as House Speaker. Really?

So Mr. Speaker, where are your emotions when fast-tracking a bill on rape and abortion? Do you really want to expend political capital to cut funding for rape victims and require them to pay for their own tests and rape kits?

Do you want people to believe that one of your first budget cutting decisions was to eliminate funding for little girls who have gotten pregnant through incest? Why support a bill lumping run-of-the-mill abortion with violent or criminal behavior?

Talk about being politically tone deaf!

Speaker Boehner, have you and your fellow representatives taken a look at the statistics? Do you really want to make a case that this is about women trying to beat the system for a free abortion, rather than about men victimizing, brutalizing, and raping women and children?

How can you be concerned with rape and violence against women and children in Libya, while men are still violating women’s rights in the Stone Age of 2011 right here in America?

Where is Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, or Nancy Pelosi on this issue?

One of the legitimate functions of local government is to investigate crimes and prosecute criminals. Why bill the victims for a crime scene investigation? Are other victims of crime other than rape routinely billed for the investigation by government? Perhaps Sarah knew nothing about it then. But now that she does, it’s time she takes a stand against it.

While the GOP is fast tracking the HR-3 bill, do they realize last year only 119 abortions in the United States were covered due to rape? I don’t think cutting out the bill for 119 rape victims will help much with the national debt.

As one of America’s libertarian/conservative and tea party political leaders, I’m a big supporter of cuts in spending and the size of government. We need dramatic cuts and we need them now.

I’ve publicly suggested 33 percent across-the-board spending cuts over the next three years. I’m a supporter of ending federal government funding of abortions. It is not Washington’s job to pay for abortions.

I believe government has a limited role (as defined by the Constitution), and we should move back to that as quickly as possible. But why not first focus our efforts on spending cuts that most Americans can unite behind?

Combining rape and abortion on the same bill makes no sense. While we should never support the federal government funding run-of-the-mill abortions, let’s at least be smart about this and make clear to the American public that we care about victims of rape or incest.

I want to encourage fellow Americans, and that even includes a few congressmen, to demonstrate you care for these victims by making a personal online donation to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (www.rainn.org), or volunteering at a local rape crisis center.

And I want to say something to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and the GOP Congress:

Americans put you back in power to cut the budget, not to focus on your social agenda, so don’t waste this opportunity by coming across as treating rape or incest victims as criminals.


Wayne Allyn Root is a former libertarian vice presidential nominee. He now serves as chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is the best-selling author of "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts." His website: ROOTforAmerica.com

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