I try not to post hot button issues but this one has struck a chord with so many women. It is a difficult topic to discuss for everyone because everyone carries polar emotions regarding rape and abortion. However, an issue that faces not just women but every human being that is involved. This issue does not belong in elections; it belongs and should remain in our own moral compasses. The freedom to choose is a basic right of personhood. The freedom to choose is encompassed in who we are as Americans. A political circus is not the place to discuss these issues nor is it appropriate to sweep under the rug until the next election. It is an issue that must be addressed and put to bed so that it does not victimize the innocent.
A child is truly a gift. However, pregnancy and its termination in the instance of rape is also a gift, a gift of choice. A gift to never again be a victim of her attacker. If a victim of rape “decides” to bring her child into the world, it should be her choice and no one else’s. That choice also comes with a terrifying result, which sentences the victim and the unwitting child to a parent relationship with her attacker. Sexual crimes are horrible and the history of sexual offenders prove they do not stop at just one attack. Soon the child will be a victim of the same attacker if mandated to be a parent to his victim’s child.
I certainly would not want my child to have any kind of relationship with a sexual offender. Yet family courts, still struggle with this issue and have not found a balance (perhaps, in these cases there is no balance to be made). Nonetheless, the attacker is a father and with that status comes fatherly rights and obligations. However, to remove a father from his parental status, the mother of such a child must re-live her sexual attack over and over throughout a long process of family court. The mother is victimized not just once but over and over and over again. The mother is sentenced to life of constant contact with her attacker. The attacker is sentenced to be a father who can now use and victimize his own child to use as a weapon against the mother or worse.
Yes. This issue is a hot button issue but it is also an issue no one can afford to ignore!