The text of an email I just sent to Congressman Steve Chabot:
I am calling to express my disapproval of provisions in H. R. 3. The “forcible rape” provision is vague, scary, and sexist. What is FORCIBLE? Is there any other kind of rape? What about coercion, sex slavery, drugged and disabled women? What about women who submit to sexual abuse for fear that their children will be killed? What about the landlord who threatened to evict a woman who wouldn’t have sex with him? Was that woman “forcibly raped”? What is the definition? Should I have fought back? Should I have sustained broken bones, a perineal tear? Should I have gotten his DNA under my fingernails and between my teeth? Should the police believe me? Should the nurses at the hospital believe me? Do I have to press charges? Do I have to see the rapist convicted? Although I don’t believe federal health funding should cover elective abortions, I consider the “forcible rape” provision terrifying, disgusting, and a setback to the way women are treated in this country. I also consider it a sop to “kinda choice” voters who believe a rape victim should have access to an abortion, but not women who had consensual sex. But who consents to being unconscious during sex? Who consents to living in a tent in a man’s backyard for years? What are you doing? What have you supported, with the tacit support of this neighborhood and congressional district? I am from Westwood. I’ve met you a few times, not just in congressional campaigning, but at the Walgreens in the bottled water aisle. I’ve shaken your hand, you’ve hugged my child. I refuse to believe that you are the kind of person who thinks that victims who didn’t fight back aren’t real victims. Prove me right. Revoke your support for this heinous bill.