Dear MoveOn member,
The House just passed a bill that could force rape and incest survivors to prove to the IRS that they were assaulted.1
And now they are even threatening hold our entire economy hostage over it by attaching the contents of the bill to essential legislation that raises the debt ceiling. If the debt ceiling bill does not pass then it would devastate our economy—and Republicans want to use this threat to force Senate Democrats into voting for a bill with these anti-choice provisions included.2
It's absolutely outrageous. That's why we are teaming up with our friends at EMILY's List to pressure the Senate to reject this and other terrible attacks on the rights and well-being of women.
H.R. 3 would impose tax penalties on small businesses and individuals who buy abortion coverage with their own money—with exceptions only for cases of rape, incest, or when a woman's life is in danger.3
The result? Survivors of rape and incest who seek abortion care could be forced to detail their assaults and provide proof to IRS investigators.4
Reliving a horrific sexual assault to the police and in court is awful enough. Forcing women to prove to IRS investigators that they were assaulted is simply inhumane.
Unfortunately, H.R. 3 is just one horrendous part of a full-scale war on women. House Republicans have been churning out one vile bill after another that impinges on women's rights, health, and the constitutionally protected right to choice. It's clear their top priorities are not jobs and the economy.
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Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Wes, Carrie, Michael, and the rest of the team
1. "GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits," Mother Jones, March 18, 2011
2. "Republicans Could Force Anti-Abortion Bill Into Debt Limit Compromise," Firedoglake, May 4, 2011
3. "If H.R. 3 Becomes Law: One Woman's Story,'" National Women's Law Center, April 27, 2011
4. "GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits," Mother Jones, March 18, 2011
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