As with any political debate in America, the bizarre undertaking by Repugnicans to "redefine rape" is about money.
From Mother Jones:
[T]the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,' a bill with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has dubbed a top priority in the new Congress, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases.So, the party that professes to hate Big Government reveals why it wants a smaller government -- so it'll fit into women's private parts.
With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible. For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion.
I think the Repugnicans want to redefine rape so they can finally be honest about their own family dynamics.