Aimee Patton

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KS Abortion Bill Provides No Exemption for Rape or Incest

I wish I could write an April Fool’s post.

I can’t seem to come up with anything funny to write about with what happened in Topeka today.

As expected, the Senate advanced the restrictive abortion bill 2253.

http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2253/

I just want to focus on one aspect of this insane bill.

If a fourteen year old girl is raped by her father and becomes pregnant-  the girl MUST carry the pregnancy to term.  

If a girl is gang raped in an alley and becomes pregnant from the violent attack, the girl MUST carry the pregnancy to term.  

“Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, argued for an amendment stipulating provisions of the bill wouldn’t apply in the event a pregnancy was sought by a person who was raped, subjected to incest or the victim of aggravated indecent liberties of a child. His amendment failed by a wide margin.”

http://cjonline.com/news/2013-04-01/senate-advances-abortion-restriction-bill

Did you catch that Kansas voters – FAILED BY A WIDE MARGIN!

The article continues…

“Pilcher-Cook said the issue of rape was irresponsibly used by Democrats to distort consideration of the bill.

“This bill doesn’t have anything to do with rape,” she said. “This has got to stop.”

I guess unless you are the one who has been raped and ends up pregnant  If so,  this bill has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH RAPE. Without the rape there would be no pregnancy.

So who could this bill end up hurting the worst?  How about our Kansas daughters.  Let’s take a look at some disturbing numbers.

From the Rape Abuse Incest National Network:

1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime

44% of rape victims are under the age of 18.

7% of girls in grades 5-8  and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they have been the victim of sexual abuse.

One-time, unprotected intercourse results in pregnancy 5% of the time.  

These are only in the numbers we know about.  So many times incest and sexual assaults go unreported, especially in incidents of date rapes that often occur with adolescents.

Anyone else having flash backs to Todd Akin and his “legitimate rape” comments? 

All those who denied the exemption for incest and rape – will you help come up with an excuse for the teenage girl who has to explain to her friends in the high school hallways who the baby daddy is when the baby daddy is her own daddy?

Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook any ideas?  

 

If you or someone you know is a victim of a sexual assault – please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE

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