Speakeasy forum: "GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits"

by: Ziks511 March 18, 2011 10:37 AM PDT

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"GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits"

by Ziks511 - 3/18/11 10:37 AM

"Were you raped? Was it incest? And other questions the government's tax cops would have to ask women who've terminated pregnancies."

- By Nick Baumann

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/gop-bill-irs-abortion-audits
Fri Mar. 18, 2011 12:01 AM PDT

"Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest. And one tax expert says that the measure could even lead to questions on tax forms: Have you had an abortion? Did you keep your receipt?

"In testimony to a House taxation subcommittee on Wednesday, Thomas Barthold, the chief of staff of the nonpartisan Joint Tax Committee, confirmed that one consequence of the Republicans' "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" would be to turn IRS agents into abortion cops-that is, during an audit, they'd have to determine, from evidence provided by the taxpayer, whether any tax benefit had been inappropriately used to pay for an abortion."

Despite the fact that virtually none of you know about Mother Jones magazine, it has been in existence for decades, since I've been reading it that long, and has a very good reputation for accuracy and dogged reporting.

This just confirms everything I thought when I first heard about the wording of the Health Care Act. This new legislation is an obscenity and an invasion of privacy.

To reiterate Pierre Elliott Trudeau's famous quotation when he was Health Minister in 1966, "The State has no place in the bedrooms of the Nation."

Rob

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