House Debating, Voting on "Redefining Rape" Bill, H.R. 3, Today
| Wed May. 4, 2011
The House of Representatives is debating and will vote on H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," on Wednesday afternoon. The bill has been the subject of a lot of controversy over the possibility that it could redefine rape for the purposes of abortion law and force IRS agents to ask questions during audits about whether a woman who had received an abortion had been raped or was the victim of incest. The bill will almost certainly pass the House; it has more cosponsors than the number of votes it needs to pass. It is, however, almost certainly DOA in the Senate, which is run by Democrats and is more sympathetic to abortion rights. Even if H.R. 3 did pass the Senate, President Barack Obama has vowed to veto it.
So the real question is what will come out during the debate and whether any vulnerable Republican House members will vote against the bill. I'll be following the action live on Twitter. follow me on Twitter.