I've posted my views about abortion in the past (in the sidebar), and in general I am against it - unless there be a pressing reason. Rape and incest are two pressing reasons that I believe to be good ones to perform an abortion. Therefore, I was not too thrilled with today's decision in South Dakota:
State lawmakers voted Friday to ban nearly all abortions in South Dakota and sent the measure to the governor, who said he is inclined to sign it. Under the legislation, doctors in South Dakota would face up to five years in prison for performing an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman's life.What's missing? The law doesn't include clauses in cases of rape or incest.
Opponents of the bill argued that abortion should at least be allowed in cases involving rape, incest and a threat to a women's health. If a woman who is raped becomes pregnant, the rapist would have the same rights to the child asImagine the terror involved: A woman who was raped must now share the parenting duties of her child with the man who raped her?! Even if there were no way he could ever be involved in the child's life, he would still be the father, and the mother would always know that. Terrifying.
the mother, said Krista Heeren-Graber, executive director of the South Dakota
Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. "The idea the rapist
could be in the child's life ... makes the woman very, very fearful. Sometimes
they need to have choice," Heeren-Graber said.