Nadie_AZ: A bill in the Pennsylvania House proposing the reduction of welfare benefits for low-income women contains a provision requiring a woman who became pregnant from rape to prove that she reported her assault.As ThinkProgress reported, the measure, proposed by five Republican state lawmakers, seeks to eliminate an increase in benefits if a child is conceived while a woman is covered under the Temporary Assistance To Needy Family program. A woman can seek an exception to this if the child is conceived as a result of rape. However, she must prove that she reported the incident to the authorities and gave the police her assaulter's identityJesus Christ, you heartless bastards.Ok, this is clearly a unified thing the GOP is pushing. But why? Simply because 'abortion bad, even in case of rape, oh rape is bad, well let's change that'?
Parmenius: What ever happened to the Fark(tm) proposal to start referring to the GOP as the "White Male Christian Nationalist Party"?
LadyHawke: Well, to be fair, it says they have to prove they reported they were raped, not prove they were raped.
Fark It: If the GOP really cared about clamping down on welfare or at least getting more out of it they'd require that welfare recipients who are not employed volunteer at least 20 hours a week.
Weaver95: And people wondered why I switched to Democrat....keep this up and i'm going to have to actually run for office.
MorrisBird: What if you don't know who raped you? My daughter doesn't. She was drugged. I love the Republicans. They're throwing away their power by waging a war on rape victims. Brilliant.
GAT_00: Fark It: If the GOP really cared about clamping down on welfare or at least getting more out of it they'd require that welfare recipients who are not employed volunteer at least 20 hours a week.So your solution to reducing welfare is to make volunteering a job? You realize you can't call it volunteering if you're required to do it right? Then it's a job that you aren't being paid for.
Amos Quito: FTA: "According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, 54 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are not reported to the police."And those are just the ones that are reported as not being reported.
Lionel Mandrake: So, they'll help you raise your rape baby, but your broken condom baby gets nothing?
Fark Me To Tears: Lionel Mandrake: So, they'll help you raise your rape baby, but your broken condom baby gets nothing?If you spent a little less money on cigarettes and beer, you could have bought the better brand condoms and avoided the broken condom baby altogether. Personal responsibility... The More You Know™...
andino: How else can you explain their sympathy--and even affinity--for rapists?
dramboxf: Anti-abortion legislation is always, and without fail, anti-f**king legislation.
MorrisBird: They're throwing away their power by waging a war on rape victims.
Fark Me To Tears: MorrisBird: What if you don't know who raped you? My daughter doesn't. She was drugged. I love the Republicans. They're throwing away their power by waging a war on rape victims. Brilliant.No. Actually they're gaining votes by going after all the ignorant bigots out there with crap like this. They know -- well, most of them know -- that this kind of logic is cynical and messed-up, but they also know it works.
Tarkus: Drafted by Pennsylvania lawmakers - State Reps. RoseMarie Swanger (R), Tom Caltagirone (D), Mark Gillen (R), Keith Gillespie (R), Adam Harris (R), and Mike Tobash (R).
stainedglassdoll: I'll just leave this here...Also, to debunk the myth of "welfare queens":• Less than 2% of the budget of the Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) goes toTANF (the program that gives money to poor families). Link•Only 24% of the entire federal budget went to DHHS last year. Link• Doing the math, that means 0.5% of the federal budget went to TANF last year. Lessthan one percent of our federal budget went to "welfare queens" last year. I hardlythink they are the ones bankrupting our economy.• TANF assistance is also capped (lifetime) at 5 years (since 1996). You cannot be onwelfare indefinitely (unless you have a physical disability). The average amount of timefamilies spend on TANF is about 3 years. Also, the average number of kids in a familyreceiving TANF benefits is 2.3 children, with only 10% of recipients having more than 3children (very long report): Link /fark these guys in TFA
IamAwake: ok honestly - I'm confused. So it's ok for a woman to claim - in welfare benefits - that she was raped...without having actually filed a charge with anyone? The woman isn't required to prove anything other than that she filed a report - the burden of proof of the actual crime isn't on her. Normally I'd be all "ah, another stupid anti-human (both genders, lets be real here) repub law..." but...really? Misleading rewording of headline much, subby? What exactly is /wrong/ about what they're doing here?
0Icky0: I'm waiting for the bills that make your prove your miscarriages were natural.You know they are coming. In fact, they will HAVE to come if Roe v Wade is ever overturned.
Talondel: It doesn't even say that. It says they have to submit a signed, notarized statement indicating that she reported it to the authorities. A law that encourages the reporting of rape to the proper authorities? The horror. Truly PA republicans are monsters.
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