That is just inhuman.
Courtesy of CBS News:
An 11-year-old girl in Ohio was allegedly raped by a 26-year-old multiple times, leaving her pregnant, according to police reports. A state law passed in April, but not yet in effect, says that victims like her won’t have a choice to have an abortion — they would have to carry and deliver their rapist’s child.
The law prohibits women from obtaining an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about five or six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women even know that they’re pregnant.
The law provides no exceptions for rape or incest.
In an email to CBS News, the Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost defended the statute. “Sometimes, the evolution of the law requires bold steps,” Yost wrote. “In the last 46 years, the practice of medicine has changed. Science has changed. Even the point of viability has changed. Only the law has lagged behind.”
When signing the bill, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine focused on the rights of the fetus. “The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who don’t have a voice,” he said. “Government’s role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end.”
Since when is being an eleven-year-old child considered too old to still need that protection? Is that the end he was talking about?
A child being forced to have a child puts her in one of the most vulnerable positions of all.
And once the state forces her to give birth, are they going to provide free childcare so that she can continue to attend school?
Of course not.
Will the state Republicans vote for policies that make sure this young mother can get a job when she finishes school that ensures her ability to provide for this child?
It seems obvious to me that most of these Republican policies care only for the unborn child, and care very little for a child who has already been born.
Even if they are an eleven-year-old rape victim.