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Subject: Re: Why? Date: 11/7/2002 10:56 AM
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what if she is raped? Well, that's is a little different and IMO, it's a sad thing, but the inconvienece of being pregnent for 9 months and then giving birth, is hardly worth comitting a murder over.

Speaking as someone who has experienced two miscarriages in the past few months, both of which represented much-wanted and long-awaited children, I can tell you unequivocally that pregnancy is not an "inconvenience." I have to assume that you know no one - certainly no one intimately close to you, like a wife - who has been pregnant, because if you did, you would find it impossible to so casually sum up a profound physical experience.

Yesterday, I had a D&C at 9.5 weeks gestation, because the fetus had died. For the prior 2+ months, I experienced intense nausea, bouts of vomiting, extreme exhaustion, shortness of breath, painful cramping, food aversion, and numerous less striking changes to my body. I was willing to undergo all this, of course, because we want a child. I cannot imagine how intrusive, violative, and traumatic those symptoms would have been had I experienced them not as the welcome result of a loving marriage, but rather as the result of having been brutalized against my will.

To force an unconsenting woman - a woman who, in your example, has been raped - to suffer these types of arduous demands in order to bear a rapist's child while you dismiss her psychological and physical anguish with demeaning talk of "inconvenience" is no less sadistic, coercive, and violent than the rapist's original act. If you believe in forcing women to bear the children of their rapists, then please have the courage of your convictions, instead of attempting to soften your beliefs with the rhetoric of "convenience." Why don't you just say: "I believe in the inviolate right of a fetus at any stage of gestation to be born, and I am willing to sacrifice the life, physical integrity, and psychological stability of women to do it. I weigh one life against the other, and in my moral calculus, the fetus is worth more than the mother, under any circumstances." Because that's what you mean.

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