Congress stalls on rape-kit testing

  • Article by: Melinda Henneberger , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 12:20 PM

This group of lawmakers won't pass a bill guaranteed to get a bunch of rapists off the street at no cost.

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oldmotorheadDec. 21, 1212:42 PM

Another reason people are carrying guns, especially women. You can't blame them. If the government won't protect us, we have to do it ourselves!!!!

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swmnguyDec. 21, 1212:54 PM

This Congress simply doesn't care. They care about assisting in the extraction of wealth from the middle class upward to the elites, and that is all they care about. Their record is crystal clear.

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mgtwinsfan1987Dec. 21, 12 1:03 PM

Incredible...but I didn't see why the liberal folks would be upset about this bill. I understand conservative people not wanting to see posting of slow responses...what is the liberal beef? Article needed more info in my opinion.

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allhailfsmDec. 21, 12 1:10 PM

Would I be presuming too much to think the Republicans are blocking this bill? Why doesn't the article make it CLEAR? The GOP will be back to their own tactics of refusing to move forward anything that might look like a victory for Obama, even if it means letting rapists walk the streets.

Heck, some of the GOP feel that the rapists are going around doing Gods work making little babies that the selfish women don't not make enough of voluntarily.

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omakristyDec. 21, 12 1:12 PM

Dismaying that this isn't a front-page story. It's one more bit of evidence that our elected/hired representatives are failing to take care of the very people who elected them. I'd guess that no one is going to call them on this. And given the numerous euphemisms and decidedly unscientific ideas about rape that have been uttered in recent months, it's another sign that some folks just don't think that rape is that serious. Until it's your wife, daughter, sister, neighbor. I'd suggest a telephone and letter campaign to the authors of the bills and to the committee heads stalling these bills. They deserve to know that this isn't the way to handle business. I mean it.

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herro002Dec. 21, 12 1:15 PM

Unbelievable! Originally introduced in 2004?? And why shouldn't the extent of backlogs be accessible public information?

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overnunderDec. 21, 12 1:19 PM

allhailfsm - "Heck, some of the GOP feel that the rapists are going around doing Gods work making little babies that the selfish women don't not make enough of voluntarily." - I don't believe I have ever heard a more ignorant, moronic remark. Congratulations for showing just how much of an idiot someone can be. To say that the GOP promotes rape is absolutely ludicrous.

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allhailfsmDec. 21, 12 1:35 PM

overnunder - There have been MANY instances in the last several years where the GOP has blocked woman from obtaining emergency contraception, has made them pay for their own rape kits, had made them pay the hospital bills for doing a rape exam. Members of the GOP have repeatedly stood up to explain that all these babies are wanted by god, and there creation is by God and mortals should not go against His will.

Then he said to the woman, "I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you."

that is the platform of the GOP today, and all you namecalling does not make it go away. The GOP hates non-obedient women. It is in the bible, and the party platform

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circleoflifeDec. 21, 12 1:56 PM

allhailfsm - I'm wondering where you get your data but one guess is Chris Matthews (MSNBC). You know, the guy who was glad Sandy hit right before the election. Anyway, one man says something about God and rape and suddenly it's the entire GOP. Pathetic. I don't remember seeing anyone with an "I'm from the GOP" sign around their necks at the hospital making women pay for their own rape kits and hospital bills. Even more pathetic.

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overnunderDec. 21, 12 2:03 PM

allhailfsm - your statement was that the GOP PROMOTES RAPE for those women that would otherwise choose not to conceive. If you really, truly believe that, then you are incredibly confused and uninformed. And what's really sad is that people with beliefs such as that are allowed to vote.

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