With Republicans now back in control of the US House of Representatives one of their first orders of business seems to be a drastic legal redefinition of rape. The proposal has been met with outrage by many anti-rape activists, including South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who says she "consider[s] the proposal of this bill a violent act against women." Though, three other Miami-area Representatives are co-sponsoring the bill.
"By narrowing the Hyde Amendment language, Republicans would exclude the following situations from coverage: women who say no but do not physically fight off the perpetrator, women who are drugged or verbally threatened and raped, and minors impregnated by adults,"reports Talking Points Memo
. "As the National Women's Law Center's Steph Sterling puts it, this new standard of force 'takes us back to a time where just saying no was not enough.'"
"It really is -- to suggest that there is some kind of rape that would be okay to force a woman to carry the resulting pregnancy to term, and abandon the principle that has been long held, an exception that has been settled for 30 years, is to me a violent act against women in and of itself."
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"Rape is when a woman is forced to have sex against her will, and that is whether she is conscious, unconscious, mentally stable, not mentally stable," the four-term congresswoman added.
Though Wasserman Schultz is outraged by the proposal she doesn't fear that it will become law, and will quickly die in the Democratic controlled Senate.