Special Rights for Rapists?
Refusing to have an abortion or persuading your
unwed teen not to have an abortion are reasonable choices.
However McCain-Palin are not reasonable and they
don't want people to have reasonable choices.
McCain, Bush and Palin all want to pass laws
that would result in compulsory pregnancies for many rape victims.
That sounds outrageous and it is.
But it is also true.
I'm unsurprised that Palin is ducking all questions
with a mere 4 1/2 months until the moment she could
become President. It is hard for her to answer
how she justifies her policy of special rights for the children
of rapists. So why not ask McCain? He is no maverick
or moderate on abortion rights. McCain agrees
with Bush, as on so many policies, that rapist's
children should not be aborted by the rapist's victims
You might think that rape rarely leads to pregnancy.
There are an estimated 3,200 women become pregnant
as a result of rapes each year in the US.
McCain-Palin want to make it illegal for these
victims to abort the rapist's off-spring.
Only 6% of all rapists spend anytime at all in
jail for their actions. Is it fair on the traumatized victims of rape,
over 3,000 American women every year, to have
to go through with a pregnancy arising from the violent
abuse of a rape? What does McCain propose doing
with the rapist's children he is protecting? Will McCain
add further insult and injury to the rape victims
by forcing them to raise and care for the rapist's children?
As always, this McCain-Bush social experiment
has not been thought through beyond the dogma of "no abortions ever."
Policies have consequences; victims of sexual
assault are 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
The mental devastation of being raped and then
forced by McCain to carry the rapist's child to term,
with all the inherent health risks to the mother,
can only be imagined. It is very likely to involve
substantially increased suicide rates for rape
I propose the policy of compulsory pregnancy for
rape victims to be the worst McCain-Bush-Palin
policy from their large collection of bad policies.
Rape statistics from:
McCain policy on compulsory pregnancy for rape
Palin policy on compulsory pregnancy for rape
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