22 Texas Republicans Co-Sponsored Todd Akin's “Forcible Rape” Bill

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Attention, poor women of Texas: your Republican Congresscritters want you to know that if you're being raped, you'd better make sure you get beat up real good, or they don't think you should be able to get an abortion if you get pregnant.

22 Texas Republicans co-sponsored the “Forcible Rape” bill that has gotten Missouri Congressman and Senate Candidate Todd Akin — and his BFF in lady-shaming, Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan — in so much hot water this week. The bill seeks to prevent any taxpayer funding from being used to pay for abortions. Currently, the Hyde Amendment allows public funds to be used for women to access abortion if they are a victim of rape or incest.

Akin, Ryan, and the Texas Republican Congressional delegation co-sponsored a bill to change the language that limits public funding for abortions only “if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest.”

Good news, date rapists, men who rape passed-out or incapacitated women who cannot give consent, or men who rape the mentally handicapped! Texas Republicans Congress are on your side. They are here for you. They don't think you're rape-y enough, and want to make sure your victims are forced to carry your unwanted pregnancies to term if they don't have enough money to afford an abortion on their own.

Texas Republicans Who Co-Sponsored the “Forcible Rape” Bill:

Rep Louie Gohmert, TX-1

Rep Ted Poe, TX-2

Rep Sam Johnson, TX-3

Rep Ralph Hall, TX-4

Rep Jeb Hensarling, TX-5

Rep Joe Barton, TX-6

Rep John Culberson, TX-7

Rep Michael McCaul, TX-10

Rep Michael Conaway, TX-11

Rep Kay Granger, TX-12

Rep Mac Thornberry, TX-13

Rep Ron Paul, TX-14

Rep Bill Flores, TX-17

Rep Randy Neugebauer, TX-19

Rep Lamar Smith, TX-21

Rep Pete Olson, TX-22

Rep Quico Canseco, TX-23

Rep Kenny Marchant, TX-24

Rep Michael Burgess, TX-26

Rep Blake Farenthold, TX-27

Rep John Carter, TX-31

Rep Pete Sessions, TX-32

Everything's bigger in Texas, even our delegation of Republican rape-redefiners in Congress!

So thanks, Congressional Republicans, for making clear that “no” apparently doesn't actually mean “no” if a low-income woman who can't afford an abortion is deciding whether she wants to be pregnant from the sexual assault she never consented to either.  


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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