A Question That Should Be Asked of Every Political Candidate

As the most extreme anti-choice advocates push to force all politicians to accept “no exceptions” as the default position when it comes to opposing abortions, it’s stories like these that serve as a reminder of how an all out ban would effect real people.

Especially young girls.

Via The News Tribune:

The girl is not yet in her teens. Police say her mother’s boyfriend, who had a history of violent crime, raped her. He was ultimately shot dead by deputies trying to arrest him. She was impregnated. She was 11.

It bears repeating. Eleven.

Forget for a moment a woman’s very personal right to choose, the spark for recent demonstrations at both the Republican and Democratic conventions. Here is a question for those who seem to know what’s best for the rest of the world: Can reasonable people really believe there should be no choice, under any circumstance, even in what happened to this child?

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/09/10/2289772/raped-pregnant-and-11-would-gop.html#storylink=cpy

It’s a yes or no question that should be asked of every politician.  Do you believe an 11 year old pregnant rape victim should be forced to give birth if she doesn’t want to?  Because this is what no exceptions would really look like

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  • angelalaughs

    No exceptions cut both ways. Perhaps we should ask politicans, “Do you believe that a woman who just found out she is 36-weeks pregnant and does not desire to give birth should be allowed the right to choose abortion?” Each side has rare, rough cases that make people cringe. We should dialogue about the core issues, not the fringe ones, to get at truth.

  • thenoblejmn

    Here’s my problem, I don’t think anyone; be it as individuals, a group, or a government; should be allowed to dicate to another person how to live their life based on a belief or ideal that the other person may not ascribe to.  That’s what it really comes down to.

  • ack

    Considering that the GOP platform contains no exceptions for rape, and many politicians (including Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney) have supported personhood legislation, rape exceptions aren’t fringe issues anymore. (They used to be; rape, incest, and health/life of the woman were the standard exceptions in statutes for anti-choice politicians.) If they really don’t believe that a pregnant 11 year old rape survivor should be forced to give birth, they’re the ones who need to rethink their public position. If they do believe in full “personhood” for ZEBFs, they should defend that position in light of cases like this to the American public.

    In contrast, I just don’t see any Democrats attempting to lift restrictions on post-viability abortions. 

  • veggietart

    Do you think this11-year-old girl should be forced to carry the pregnancy to term, even though it may endanger her life?  Although when you consider guys like this voted for the “Let Women Die” act, the answer for some might well be yes.


    Angela, you do realize that the vast majority of abortions take place by the ten-week mark, don’t you?  If a woman has an abortion at 36 weeks, it’s because something has gone horribly, horribly wrong in the pregnancy.  Like, for instanct, her life is endangered if she continues it. 

  • give-em-hell-mary

    “Abortions” at nine months are only done to extract dead or dying stuck-in-the-birth canal fetuses to save mothers’ lives.

  • colleen

    Each side has rare, rough cases that make people cringe.

    Except that the one you made up, that of a woman 36 weeks pregnant who wants an abortion because she has decided she does not wish to give birth is so rare that it DOES NOT HAPPEN whereas there are thousands of pregnancies due to rape and thousands of pregnant raped children every year. I can see why you would want to change the subject. The ‘pro-life’ moverment thinks child rape is just another form of conception.  Why not go ‘dialogue’ about “core issues” with Jill Stanek?

  • crowepps

    Abortion Surveillance—United States, 2008

     In 2008, 825,564 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. This represents essentially no change from the number of abortions reported in 2007. The abortion rate for 2008 was 16.0 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years. This also is unchanged from 2007. The abortion ratio was 234 abortions per 1,000 live births in 2008. This is a 1% increase from 2007. During 1999–2008, the reported abortion numbers, rates, and ratios decreased 3%, 4%, and 10%, respectively. During 1999–2008, women aged 20–29 years accounted for the majority of abortions. The majority (62.8%) of abortions in 2008 were performed at ≤8 weeks’ gestation and 91.4% were performed at ≤13 weeks’ gestation;v14.6% of all abortions were medical abortions. Source: MMWR. 2011;60(No. 15).


    [Bolding added]

    Only 8.6% of abortion occur at 13 weeks or more, including the majority of the medically necessary ones.

  • crowepps