Abortion Auditors

The GOP apparently feels that rape victims deserve no shred of dignity and so if a rape victim has had a “taxpayer funded” abortion she will have to prove via “contemporaneous written documentation” that she was in fact assaulted and did in fact qualify.

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 detemine, from evidence provided by the taxpayer, whether any tax benefit had been inappropriately used to pay for an abortion.