Her own child

Alabama forced-pregnancy fanatics call a raped girl of 12 a murderer for having an abortion.

Two conservative lawyers in Alabama held a press conference this week to denounce a court’s ruling allowing an abortion for a 12-year-old who was raped, AL.com reported.

The attorneys — Win Johnson and Lorie Mullins — argued that the girl was not mature enough to make such a “life or death” decision.

She wasn’t mature enough to be raped, either, nor was she mature enough to carry a pregnancy to term, let alone to take care of a baby.

Johnson, a former legal director under controversial Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, said it was ridiculous that the court would rule that the tween “was mature enough — and I’m going to put this in its starkest terms — to decide to murder her own child in her womb.”

“Now, nobody has said that to her, I bet you, in any of her counseling,” Johnson added. “Nobody has explained that to her in its starkest, rawest form, like that. But what if it was, what if she really thought through it, even as a 12-year-old and said, ‘Gosh, I don’t want that on my conscience.’”

Here’s another starkest rawest way to put it: it was also the fetus – not the “child” – of her rapist. If she let the pregnancy continue she would eventually give birth to the infant of the guy who raped her. Maybe she didn’t want that on her conscience – or inside her body. Maybe she didn’t want to combine her DNA with that of her rapist and see what intriguing mix that would turn out to be. Maybe she didn’t want to carry a baby that was forced on her. Maybe she didn’t want to let an act of violence and hatred result in a person after 9 months inside her body. Maybe she didn’t want her not yet mature body ripped up by giving birth to a rapist’s baby.


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