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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
NewsBusters Avoids Talking About GOP Rape Redefinition
Topic: NewsBusters

There seems to be something the rock-ribbed conservatives at NewsBusters don't want to talk about.

In a Jan. 31 post, Tim Graham highlights a random Daily Kos post that he declares supports "the heroic right to abortion, especially after statutory rape." Later that day, a post by Scott Whitlock highlights how " on Monday republished, then removed an article from Mother Jones magazine on Republicans 'redefining rape.'"

In fact, the Daily Kos post referenced by Graham links to this same Mother Jones story. Whitlock quotes briefly from the story, but not the part that explains what exactly Republicans are doing.

Here's the part Graham and Whitlock don't want you to read:

With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible. For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion. 

It can be argued that NewsBusters' silence equals assent -- they agree that Mother Jones' characterizaton of the change and its impact on abortion funding is accurate, but they aren't going to admit to supporting such an inflammatory change.

That, of course, is dishonest. Graham and Whitlock shouldn't be suggesting the Mother Jones article is false when they apparently privately concede it's not.

UPDATE: Talking Points Memo reports that NewsBusters is not alone -- few other right-wing groups want to talk about this change.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:28 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 11:05 AM EST

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