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And not just once. From the story at the BBC

The unnamed teenager at the centre of this court case became pregnant in 2008 after she was raped at the age of 14.

In accordance with the law, she got a certificate from the public prosecutor confirming that her pregnancy was as a result of unlawful sexual intercourse.

The girl, named only as "P" went to two different hospitals with her mother in her hometown to try and obtain an abortion.

And why did she need to go to a second hospital? Maybe it was because
[A] Roman Catholic priest attempted to convince her to have the child. Hospital management then issued a press release saying they would not perform the procedure.

The girl then travelled to another hospital, but doctors there said they were under pressure not to go ahead with the procedure.

And it gets worse, after being denied her legal right she was hassled by pro-life groups and eventually take in for several hours of police questioning. Yes, you read that right, she was seeking a legal procedure and hauled in for questioning. Her crime was apparently "having a uterus".

More after the Fleur-de-Kos.

Are you outraged? Do you have even the slightest doubt that this is the future for all women if the Republican theocracy agenda becomes the law of the land?

Well, it hasn't happened -- yet. Because, thankfully for American women, this story happened in Poland. There the Catholic Church has opposed abortion for any reason for decades. This is the big lie about "exceptions for rape and incest". Sure, they might be on the books, but when it happens who is going to be their to fight for the rights of the woman or girl who needs it?

In the end the girl traveled 300 miles from home to obtain the abortion. And her case eventually made it's way to the European Court for Human Rights who ruled in her favor.

Anyways, I realize that on a day after the Frankenstorm this story will likely fall off the recent list with about a dozen comments but never forget, the Republican war on women never takes a day off.

Originally posted to ontheleftcoast on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM PDT.

Also republished by Sluts, Abortion, Pro Choice, Rape and Domestic Violence, and Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism.

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