I was speaking of the twins of course, and wondering if the mother was ever asked what she felt about an abortion. That was never reported. It seemed to me such a thought a mother could want a child of rape, could acknowledge that this was another innocent life caught in the horror of the situation, was the last thing the folks on the Hand Mirror (and others) wanted to entertain. Rule One - a fetus cannot be acknowledged as having any right to live. Rule Two - The wishes of the mother would not differ from their own preferences.Yep, you have misunderstood. To be pro-choice is not to be pro-abortion when the woman doesn't want to terminate. I think the term "pro-choice" is a pretty clear indicator really. It means that someone supports the right of the pregnant one to choose whether to continue with the pregnancy or not. Being pro-choice precludes supporting enforced abortion, just as it rules out supporting enforced pregnancy.
But maybe I misunderstood, just as Deborah and others so clearly have misunderstood me?
For some women who become pregnant as a result of rape they may see the pregnancy as a continuation of their violation, and want to terminate as soon as possible. Others may see the baby that could come at the end of nine months as something positive to come out of an awful experience, and they may rejoice at the opportunity. Many will no doubt be in between, and possibly vacillate back and forth.
For me the bottom line is that that woman has the power to decide what to do with her own body. Be that carry to term and keep or adopt out the resulting progeny, or abort, I respect her right to choose, without pressure or judgement from me or anyone else.
And so the case that ZenTiger goes on to quote in his post does not create any quiet in me, except that I was completely unaware of it until reading about it in his post today:
So here's another chance to clear up any confusion. A 13 year old is pregnant by rape and abuse from her father. She doesn't want an abortion, but it may be forced upon her anyway. This time we are talking of pre-born at 20 weeks of development, not 16 weeks. The risks for a normal pregnancy at age 13 are unlikely to be much different from an older teen, with access to good medical care. At the least, it would be fair to say the risk factor must be greatly reduced compared to the risk factors the 9 year old faced. The lines are blurrier.Putting aside the unnecessarily emotive language ("pre-born"? I roll my eyes) and the possible bias of the original report, I support the 13 year old determining the outcome. It's her body, her pregnancy, and her choice. She should be given access to the best possible medical advice, second and third opinions if she wants them, and given every opportunity to make the decision for herself. If she does decide to continue the pregnancy then I would hope that she gets the support she will need, that any new parent needs, from a village that will surround her in a positive and loving way.