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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Bill Would Force Women to Prove Rape to Keep Benefits

"A bill introduced by a group of Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania this week set off alarms at the Children's Defense Fund, which told Raw Story on Thursday that the proposal boils down to "starving children" in order to punish women for giving birth while on taxpayer-funded welfare.

"This is absolutely outrageous," Patti Hassler, spokesperson for the Children's Defense Fund, told Raw Story. "Children do not choose their parents and should not be punished for whatever their parents' actions are. Starving a child, no matter the circumstances of birth or actions of the parents, is always wrong. It's just outrageous."* Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss the idea of a woman being forced to prove she was raped, as well as the fairness of punishing children and calling the bill the "starving children bill."

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