Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:46 PM
While very very unlikely, if this passed.... How the heck do you enforce this?
You could have as part of the medical form(s) for the abortion ask if the pregnancy is a result of rape.
However, if a woman indicates that the pregnancy is not a result of rape, are they taken as their word... or would the police reports be checked? Would this possibly cause less women to report rape?
If a women does indicate it is a result of rape, is the abortion just not allowed, or is it allowed and it is determined the women broke a law? What if she didn't report the rape, is she additionally charged with not reporting a crime (if that is a crime there)?
What about "unsure"? One could have had consensual sex with one man, and gotten raped by a different man, with in a week. A women who gets pregnant in such a situation isn't going to know who the father is. Will the woman be prevented from having an abortion.... or is in in-vitro paternity test done against the man the woman had consensual sex with, and the go-ahead allowed if it is that man?! What if those two men are not different men, i.e. one night a woman had consensual sex with a man, and the next night got raped by the same man?
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Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
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