Let’s correct that:
The tip of the tragic iceberg.
What else can you call this story, but tragic…
…when a 10-year-old girl is raped and becomes pregnant?
And she can’t receive the medical care she needs in her home state?
And adding to the tragedy is a guy named Jim Bopp:
Bopp is an Indiana lawyer, the general counsel for the National Right to Life, and he’s the author of a model law written for state legislatures considering more restrictive abortion measures.
Of the 10-year-old girl, Bopp said:
“She would have had the baby, and as many women who have had babies as a result of rape, we would hope that she would understand the reason and ultimately the benefit of having the child…We don’t think, as heart-wrenching as those circumstances are, we don’t think we should devalue the life of the baby because of the sins of the father.”
According to Wikipedia, Bopp has three daughters.
I wonder if he would have been quite so righteous if one of his daughters had been a pregnant, 10-year-old rape victim?
If he would have told his daughter that she’d be forced to carry the baby to term, and ultimately understand “the benefit of having the child”?
The Ohio girl’s story is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade is reaching into many areas, including a woman’s fallopian tubes.
In this article:
A doctor was quoted about “the horrible downstream effects of criminalizing abortion care.”
The article examples include:
- An obstetrician delays inducing a miscarriage until a woman with severe pregnancy complications seems “sick enough.”
- A lupus patient must stop taking medication that controls her illness because it can also cause miscarriages.
- A sexual assault survivor chooses sterilization so that if she is ever attacked again, she won’t be forced to give birth to a rapist’s baby.
Let’s talk about the sexual assault survivor.
She is Julie Ann Nitsch, who provided this 2022 photo showing her in a hospital in Texas, before surgery to remove her fallopian tubes.
From the Associated Press article:
“Nitsch says she chose sterilization at age 36 rather than risk getting pregnant by another rapist.
“‘I ripped my organs out’ to avoid that, she said.
“Nitsch said she ‘saw the writing on the wall’ after Texas enacted a law last year banning most abortions after six weeks, even in cases of rape or incest. She said she sensed that Roe vs. Wade would be overturned, so she had surgery to remove her fallopian tubes in February.
“‘It’s sad to think that I can’t have kids, but it’s better than being forced to have children,’ Nitsch said.”
And Nitsch is not alone:
“Dr. Tyler Handcock, an Austin OB-GYN, said his clinic has heard from hundreds of patients seeking sterilization since the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision. Many choose this route because they fear long-acting birth control or other contraceptives could also become targets, he said.
“His clinic scheduled a July 9 group counseling session to handle the surge, and every one of his 20 patients who showed up to hear about the risks and ramifications of fallopian tube removal made an appointment to have the surgery.”
The Associated Press article details other “downstream effects,” but let’s turn here for the most obvious downstream effect:
The article quotes from a May 14, 2022 editorial in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most well-known medical journals, which says in part that Supreme Court Justice Alito’s…
“‘…shocking, inhuman, and irrational’ draft opinion ‘utterly fails to consider the health of women today who seek abortion.’”
The Lancet also says this, loud and clear on the cover:
And it’s not just “Alito and his supporters” who will have blood on their hands.
It’s every person, female and male, in Congress, in state legislatures, judges and governors and local officials and their supporters, and people like Jim Bopp, who believe they – not we – should have control over our bodily autonomy.
Well, we know what we have to do:
Update: Caitlin Bernard is the Indiana obstetrician-gynecologist who provided the abortion for the 10-year-old rape victim.
She wrote an opinion piece for the July 22 Washington Post and summed up this tragic situation better than I ever could.
Dr. Bernard said, in part:
“Next week, the Indiana legislature will contemplate dramatically restricting abortion, as many states have done since the Supreme Court overturned Roe. Lawmakers will debate the particulars of the law and thus the fate of my patients. They will debate whether to include an exception for rape, whether to require a child incest victim to testify under oath that her family member abused and impregnated her before she could access medical care, how sick someone needs to get before they will allow us to save her life, whether to allow a mother to spare her baby from the worst suffering, to spare herself from the unimaginable agony of watching her baby die in her arms.
“But they will never face my patients. They will never stand in their shoes or hold their hands. They will never know their pain. Legislators are the last people who should be in the business of deciding who gets medical care and who does not.”