I for one had NO IDEA how many women get pregnant from rape. So I researched and found a study conducted by medical professors at University of South Carolina. It's shocking. 32,000 EVERY YEAR. That's a lot of suffering women.
Can ANYONE who has a heart support elected officials or a party who would turn these 32,000 rape victims who get pregnant every year into criminals for seeking an abortion to free them from their nightmare? This idea of making abortion illegal for them is almost like legalizing LYNCHING of young women who get raped. It's outrageous. WOuld you want your daughter to be turned into a criminal if such a tragedy would befall her? If you think you are far from it; keep in mind, one in five college women is sexually assaulted.
We must make more people are aware of these hard cold facts to shock them into reality and action and shift the beauty shop and coffee shop conversations away from the abstract talking about "sanctity of life" versus "women's rights" to how we can SUPPORT our sisters who are victims of these atrocities. If everyone understands the stark reality about rape and unwanted pregnancy, people will rally against these men who plan to keep us down and out with forced birthing. This is an issue all women can rally around on both sides of the aisle and a lot of good men too. Let's stop glossing over reality with rhetoric. Let's protect these women and all women from the hands of out of touch people like Mourdock or Romney and Ryan who are working hard to take away our rights, as well as our dollars and "sense."
Spread the facts to young women you know. Read these medical studies below the fold that give proof to the numbers and tell the story of women who will suffer at the hands of lawmakers if we don't step up.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29425-2233, USA.
We attempted to determine the national rape-related pregnancy rate and provide descriptive characteristics of pregnancies that result from rape.
A national probability sample of 4008 adult American women took part in a 3-year longitudinal survey that assessed the prevalence and incidence of rape and related physical and mental health outcomes.
The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. Among 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy, the majority occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator. Only 11.7% of these victims received immediate medical attention after the assault, and 47.1% received no medical attention related to the rape. A total 32.4% of these victims did not discover they were pregnant until they had already entered the second trimester; 32.2% opted to keep the infant whereas 50% underwent abortion and 5.9% placed the infant for adoption; an additional 11.8% had spontaneous abortion.
Rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence. As we address the epidemic of unintended pregnancies in the United States, greater attention and effort should be aimed at preventing and identifying unwanted pregnancies that result from sexual victimization.
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1996 Aug;175(2):320-4; discussion 324-5.
Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women.
Holmes MM, Resnick HS, Kilpatrick DG, Best CL.
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