On last night’s ‘The Daily Show’, senior women’s issues correspondent Kristen Schaal appeared to talk about the GOP effort to redefine rape – for the purposes of federal health care law – to limit federal funding for abortions to cases of ‘forcible rape’ only.
Jon Stewart was there to heap his scorn on the idea. He said: “All rape is by definition forcible,” but correspondent Kristen Schaal wasn’t convinced. She said “Congress is redefining rape to protect us from the worst kind of rape. Money rape.”
Money rape, she said, is “Forcible taking of taxpayers’ money to pay for abortions. They have no say in the matter: they just have to lay back and take it while their bank accounts are violated over and over and over again.”
Schaal explained: “You’d be surprised how many drugged, underage or mentally handicapped young women have been gaming the system. Sorry, ladies, the free abortion ride is over.”
In response to questions from host Jon Stewart, Schaal explained the reasoning behind the bill with a reference to the rape committeed by Roman Polanski: “There’s rape, and there’s rape-rape. Ok? Playing a 13-year-old with Quaaludes, alcohol and a famous penis isn’t rape-rape, it’s just rape-esque and shouldn’t be covered.”
Schaal said that, like many taxpayers, “I don’t think hard-earned tax dollars should go to women who were only rape-ished,” noting that the 191 abortions paid for under Medicaid in 2006 because the pregnancies were the result of rape or incest (or because the life or health of the mother were at risk) cost two-tenths of a penny per taxpayer.
The co-sponsor of the provision, which is part of a larger bill to put more restrictions on abortion coverage, announced this morning that they planned on amending the “forcible rape” language. [The Daily Show via TPM]