Should women who get raped and then impregnated be allowed to have an abortion?

  • Of course they should

    Women should be allowed to have an abortion no matter what. That aside, rape is a very traumatic thing, and taking care of a child essentially drains twenty years from a person's life. Since most rape victims are in the earlier parts of their lives, it is totally unfair to punish them for being raped by draining twenty years of their lives. Furthermore, it really changes the body. Once a woman has given birth, her body will never be the same as it once was. It's not fair to take a young lady in the flower of her youth, brutally assault her, destroy her physique, and take away a fourth of her life. Totally unfair.

  • Yes they should

    Women should be able to get an abortion whether the fetus was conceived through rape or not, at least up until a certain point. Until I believe about 4-5 months into the pregnancy the fetus is no more conscious than a tree, and certainly isn't sentient, sapient or self-aware, much less intelligent.

  • HELL YA, why would you want to carry a rapist's child? Would you?

    So say your raped by some random man out in the street, and got pregnant? Now your pregnant with a rapist who's happy to have gotten you pregnant. Everyday that child is living in your stomach, getting bigger and bigger, and your thinking. Why? Why do I have to have this child?
    Then you have this child, you beat it up everyday because you hated the child's father. Every time you see the child's face it will remind you of how he rape you, laugh at you, and torment you. Then day after day you hope that you would never have to see that child's face again, that child grew up without any love. He might as well never have been born.

    So if you think you'll feel guilty for getting an abortion... Don't, because you are not wrong.
    If you think you could be happy and forget the past by doing so then do.
    People in this world has no right to judge you for it. You have the right, because it's your life.
    Your unborn child might be yours by blood and flesh, but if you can't guarantee given it's love and care, and treasure it like you would with a child made with you and your lover. Then please do what you have to do.
    A child is brought into this world by love, it should be raise with love.

  • Of Course They Should

    Women should be allowed to control what happens to their bodies. I am not a fan of abortions, but I am a fan of women having the right to have that option on the table. I cannot fathom a situation where it should not be on the table in the case of rape.

  • Yes, obviously they should be allowed to

    Rape is obviously a sensitive topic, but it isn't a secret that the event is prone to affect the woman for years to come, if not the rest of her life. Forcing the woman to give birth to a child (that she most likely doesn't want, because the father raped her) is just adding to the emotional and mental scarring the woman has to endure.
    Why should a woman be forced to endure a pregnancy in addition to rape?

  • Yes they should

    Okay, if they got raped they didn't even want to become pregnant so of course they should be able to terminate their pregnancy if they wish. Even if they didnt get raped abortion should be open to any women who wished to use it. Who are we to say no?

  • Yes they should be able to.

    Rather than forever be reminded of the rape whenever she sees the child's face, she can truly get a grip back on her life. A pregnancy changes SO MUCH STUFF in a woman's body, and to force her to endure such just because "Hey, we're moral people and abortion is murder. So no abortion for you sweety." is just awful.

  • Of course they should. It would be a breach of rights otherwise.

    If the pregnancy is not consensual i.E. If it lacks two willing parties then it should be purely the victims choice to give birth to or terminate the child. The choice to terminate the unwanted child would be little constellation after her ordeal. The other reason a woman who had been raped would want to terminate her child would be that she may have no desire to have a child, or raise a rapists child for that matter. The child would be unwanted and probably unloved which is no environment to raise a child. By law the mother of the child has the right to give birth to or terminate the child even if the pregnancy is consensual so women should definitely be allowed to abort a child conceived unwillingly.

  • I don't believe rapists should be rewarded.

    Rape lacks consent. A person becoming pregnant against their will should have all the say, and them alone, about their decision to remove the fetus caused by the rapist. You have no right to make her give a rapist a child. Allowing rapists to win would be such a tragedy. People should have complete control of their bodies, no big government reaching into peoples bodies.

  • Her body her choice

    1. It's not a women's fault that she's been raped
    2. What if the women doesn't have the financial support?
    3. Having a baby takes up so much of a women's life
    4. Aborting a baby might take away and innocent baby's life but it's pretty much taking away a women's life too since it takes up so much of her life

  • Can one fight fire with fire?

    Let's look at why rapes happen. A man develops an uncontrollable desire to have sex, but he's not married and doesn't have a girlfriend who's willing to let him have his way. Furthermore, he doesn't want to wait to get married and maybe he doesn't want to get married at all. So he commits a rape, and unless he is apprehended by the law he suffers none of the consequences of his crime. He was motivated by a concern for his own happiness at the expense of another: rape is an act of gigantic selfishness.
    Now of course no one wants to take care of a child one didn't ask for. A raped woman is justified to note the injustice of her situation. She had other plans which have been somewhat compromised, and if she keeps the baby her future could be in danger of a complete revaluation. If she has an abortion, her life will continue as normal. It would almost be as if she'd never been raped at all...
    The rapist was acting out of selfishness. The woman who has an abortion can't be said to have concern for something beyond herself either. I won't argue that a fetus is a person at the moment, because that is a debate in itself and it's beside my point. Whatever a fetus is, it certainly will be a person if it is allowed to grow. If the fetus is aborted, the memory of the rape can only ever be one of lost time, money, and dignity. Waiting and paying for an abortion may not be a great inconvenience, but certainly nothing is gained by it. On the other hand, if she has the baby and offers it for adoption, she can still resume her normal life and become, quite literally, twice the person she ever was. Her attitude towards her memory of the rape can become one of living hope rather than buried shame. And if she decides to raise the child herself and love it despite of the memory of its origin, then the child will return her trouble with love. Love heals victims of lust. Since love is the one thing missing in a rape, love, not self-concern, will heal its mental effects.
    Anyhow it's obviously in the interest of rapists the world over that the fruit of their evil desires never ripen. Imagine taking a man who raped you to court. "Damn it, this guy raped me! But I'm OK now. Just make him pay for the abortion." Is that likely to discourage anyone from committing another rape? Try this instead: "This man raped me and now he's responsible for the welfare of his child. Make him pay for cloths, food, education, etc."
    Can one fight fire with fire? Not that I ever heard. Unless you sentenced rapists to the stake...

  • Absolutely not, abortion does not heal the harm done by a rape.

    No one wants to care for a child one didn't plan for. But why do rapes happen? Because the rapist is interested in himself and his own happiness. To "terminate" the child would be to continue the self-interested attitude that caused the rape.
    From the woman's point of view: the pregnancy is an inconvenience. To end it now would be an end to the inconvenience. After a short time and a small expense, life can resume as normal.
    Response to the woman's point of view: But now the inconvenience will be forever lost time and money. The memory of the rape itself will forever be forbidden territory, a portion of the mind must be painfully boarded up and never uncovered. I will not here argue that a fetus is a person, for it is beside the point. If the child is born and allowed to grow, it will undoubtedly become a person, and the added inconvenience of loving and nurturing a child will have some payback. A loved child will love in return, a lost child can only ever be lost.
    Further, it is obviously in the interest of rapists the world over that the fruit of their evil passions never ripen. Without the well being of a child at stake, there is no reason to hold a rapist responsible for his actions. Abortion can only encourage more rapes.

  • Don't punish the child for the crime of their father.

    All people should be given the right to live. As a female, who is also pro-life, I don't see having a child as an infringment of the rights of women. I see abortion, however, as the ending of a life. In my opinion, you can never justify the ending of an innocent life. Life is a fundamental right, liberty always comes second when compared.

  • No, women should not be allowed to have an abortion in any situation.

    Rape is obviously a horrific crime that no one deserves to go through, however it does happen. The woman is obviously the innocent party, yet so is the baby. I realize that it's not fair that a woman should have to carry a baby around for nine months when she didn't ask for it and doesn't want it, however life isn't always fair. In the end, life is about doing the right thing regardless of the situation. Terminating an innocent child's life is obviously not the right thing to do. Some may say that there is no point bringing an unwanted baby into the world, but that's not true because there are thousands of families that can't have babies and would be delighted with the opportunity to adopt one.

  • Debating contrary to my personal beliefs.

    Let it be known that I am firstly a supporter of the pro-choice movement--relatively fiercely. That is why, I am going to be debating this as if abortion is equated to murder. If abortion is murder, then it doesn't make sense to counter one violent crime with another, does it? I mean, come on, that baby didn't do anything wrong. It is completely innocent. If it is equal as a human being as its mother, why should her preferences take precedence? I don't want you so I am going to kill you? What the heck? If you stick it out for a couple months you can always put the baby up for adoption. This is why I am always so annoyed with wishy-washy pro-lifers...

  • Women shouldn't get abortions

    Women should not be able to get an abortion if they are raped because they are killing a human being which is just as bad as murder which is against the law. If you have the baby when you hold it in your arms you will not think about you getting raped you will think about your child and what's best for them and you will love them no matter what

  • I take back what I said earlier

    Rape should not be an excuse for abortion. Don't blame it on the child for what happened to you. Love your children. They're still your offspring. There is only one time when abortion should be permitted and that's when the birth is a threat to the mother's health. That's it.

  • That's worse than rape

    A women who kills her own child is worse than a man who rapes. It's not the baby's fault. Why should they suffer? Everyone deserves a chance at life. Many women who get abortions end up regretting their mistake. I know someone who got an abortion when she was 15 after a rape and she regrets is deeply.

  • Thats too crazy

    NO! I get that you got pregnant from a rapist but that does not mean you should take a way someone else's life! They have all their life to live and you take it away from them? Rape is a sin but so is killing someone. Don't fight fire with fire, if it is totally needed than give it up for adoption, plenty of parents would kill for that baby and yet you're going to physically kill it, not right.

  • No!No!No! It's worse!

    I understand rape is a horrible event to go through but it is not the baby fault and it should not be punished.
    1. It was the father not the baby
    2. If it hurts to much put it up for adoption
    3. If you didn't get raped it was your choice to have sex and if you were not ready u shouldn't have done it
    4. If you were not raped if your pregnant it's not just you anymore
    5. Women shouldn't choose if someone/the baby lives or dies

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