Jan 15, 2014

Congressional Republicans’ Flawed Priorities: IRS Should be Able to Audit Rape Victims

Republicans in Congress should be working on strengthening the economy and creating jobs today, but instead they are once again devoting a Judiciary Committee hearing to a bill that limits women’s access to health care and creates unnecessary burdens on rape victims. This Republican Congress’s proposal is so divisive and extreme that it could force some rape victims to face IRS audits if they purchased health care that covers abortion services, instead of passing commonsense measures with broad bipartisan support – like extending unemployment insurance or raising the minimum wage.

“We all know Congressional Republicans will stop at nothing to limit women’s access to health care, but forcing victims to prove they were raped for an IRS audit is a new low even for the radicals in Congress,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Instead of continuing to push their misguided anti-woman priorities, John Boehner and his Congressional Republicans should be focusing on commonsense steps to strengthen the middle class.”

BACKGROUND:

House Judiciary Committee Holding Hearing on Anti-Abortion Bill that Could Prompt IRS to Audit Rape Victims. “A panel of 12 men on the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill Thursday that would deny tax subsidies to women and small businesses who purchase health insurance plans that include abortion coverage. The bill only makes an exception for rape and incest victims and women who would die without abortion care, which opponents say could prompt the IRS to audit any woman who claims one of these exceptions.” [Huffington Post, 1/08/14]

 


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