in Idaho, if you get raped, it was GOD’s doing, apparently

Posted on April 7, 2011


ThinkProgress » Idaho Rejects Rape Exception In Abortion Bill Because ‘The Hand Of The Almighty’ Was At Work. holy shit… literally.

Modeled after Nebraska’sfirst-in-the-nation measure, the bill — like the onepassed in Kansas last week — is based on highly disputed medical research alleging that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Idaho’s bill, however, alsofails to include exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother….

Believing that “tragic, horrific” acts of rape or incest are the “hand of the Almighty,” Crane said women should trust God to turn the consequences of their sexual assault into “wonderful examples”….

Crane’s belief that good can come from such horrific circumstances may be one shared or embraced by a sexual assault victim. However, that interpretation, that belief, that choice should be made by the woman — not forced upon her by law. The right to choose is not about the “innocence” or “guilt” of the fetus – or of the woman for that matter. It is about a woman being able to decide whether she is willing and able to carry a pregnancy to term

So, what do I do if I don’t believe in your god and that excuse just doesn’t cut it for me? If you’re a woman in idaho, you might consider moving elsewhere… not that abortion providers are easy to find or affordable elsewhere, but at least you won’t have to deal with religious oppression and legislation written and supported mostly by men on your body