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Martinez Removes “Forcible” From Rape Provisions for Childcare Assistance, But Many Questions Remain

Governor Susana Martinez. Photo: Think Progress.

This evening, we received confirmation from the office of Children, Youth, and Families Department of New Mexico that Governor Martinez requested that the word “forcible” be removed from the proposed guidelines for childcare assistance. But many questions about the proposed policies remain.

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Seeks Proof of “Forcible Rape” in Applications for Childcare Assistance

Forcible rape is back in the news, this time in New Mexico, where the administration of Governor Susana Martinez is seeking a “forcible rape” test for women seeking childcare assistance, proving you don’t have to be male to be a misogynist.

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Idaho Republican Thinks Women Don’t Even Know What Rape Is

“Not really rape” is a long-standing theme of radical anti-choicers. Take Chuck Winder from Idaho…

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Is It Really Best for Women If Akin Withdraws? Questions About a Defining Moment

Calls are mounting for Missouri Representative Todd Akin to resign. But is it really best for women’s rights if he does so?

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Concerned Women for America’s Condescending Treatment of Our Female Troops

Concerned Women for America sent out a letter protesting abortion coverage for raped service women. In their estimation, since you can’t go back in time and un-rape the victim, there’s no reason to offer post-rape care to mitigate the damage.

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Standing Up for Servicewomen: Rape Survivors Deserve Access to Abortion Care

Servicewomen rely on the military for their health care, but under current policy they are left to fend for themselves if they become pregnant after being raped.

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Ester’s Eyes: Returning from Uganda’s War as a Bush Wife

Ester Abeja wants to show her face as a victim of gang rape, of abduction, of torture and daily violence, to be the image of a woman who has been forced to kill her own child and her own people.

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They’re Forcing “Forcible Rape” On Us Again

House Members are using a backdoor route to get their way on “forcible” rape using patently false claims about the law.  It’s not the “longstanding policy” of the government to exclude victims of statutory rape.  It’s “longstanding policy” to include them.

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Is It “Reasonable” to Fear A Former Abuser?

In a new bill, Washington State says if a woman has been a victim of domestic violence and seeks to extend a protection order against her abuser, the burden of proof needs to be on the abuser to show he’s no longer dangerous – not on the victim to prove that her fear is “reasonable” or not.

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