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Should women be allowed to abort unwanted children if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest?

  • Women should be allowed to abort unwanted pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.

    Children are not children until they are born. In the womb, they are fetuses. A woman should be allowed to abort a pregnancy that is the result of rape or incest. In addition to being taxed to deal with the mentally and physically period of pregnancy after just having had a very traumatic event can be too much for some women. In addition, women must live with the knowledge that they will eventually have to tell their children how they were conceived. Such difficulties should not be forced upon victims of crime.

  • Yes, being forced to give birth to a child of rape or incest can affect the mother and child's mental health and quality of life.

    Yes, women should be allowed to abort pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest. First, a woman already has to bear emotional scars of rape or incest for the rest of her life; she should not be expected to bear the physical scars, as well. Secondly, many times, women who give birth to their rapists' babies are tethered to their rapists throughout their lives, because in many states the rapist is given the same rights as any other father. Studies show this leads to the women feeling shame and disrespect, and also, leads these women to feel undeserved derision toward their children. This may lead to physical and mental abuse or neglect toward the child.

  • Yes, women should not be forced to have babies

    In the civilized world, women have the option of having an abortion. Especially in cases of rape and incest, women should be able to choose to have the baby or not. The pregnancy could be seen as a continuation of the violent, abusive act that was forced upon the victim. With rape and incest, women do not have a choice of becoming pregnant, but they should have the choice of going through with the pregnancy.

  • No, adoption is a more humane option

    Once a life is created, aborting it is a cruel punishment, regardless of how the life was created. If a woman aborts a pregnancy that was the result of a rape, she is punishing an innocent child for the crime of his father. The child should be allowed to be born and put up for adoption if the mother doesn't want to raise it.


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