Sunday, September 10, 2006

Petition Opposing Abortion Sent By Anti-Abortion Rape Survivors

Catholic News Agency

Springfield, Sep. 07, 2006 (CNA) - A group of women who know first hand the suffering caused by rape and incest have come together in an attempt to have their voices heard. The women have formed the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant by Sexual Assault (WPSA) and are taking their message to legislators in Washington and around the country, asking for public hearings at which victims can be heard, according to LifeSite.

In a petition to the U.S. Congress and state legislators the WPSA said, “In virtually every case, those people who claim to represent our interests have never taken the time to actually listen to us or to learn about our true circumstances, needs, and concerns. We are deeply offended and dismayed each time our difficult circumstances are exploited for public consumption to promote the political agenda of others.”

I find this statement interesting in the way it attempts to make this group representative of all those who have become pregnant through rape and incest. This group uses a very broad "we" in their statements. Yet that type of generalization is one of the key disagreements they have with other groups who hold opinions which differ from theirs. I doubt very much that women who got pregnant through sexual assault, but who don't support their anti-abortion position, would be welcome in WPSA.

If it's wrong for people to disregard the beliefs of rape and incest victims who desire to carry to term, why is it right to ignore the beliefs of rape and incest victims who desire NOT to carry to term for either personal or health reasons?
"I feel personally assaulted and insulted every time I hear that abortion should be legal because of rape and incest," she wrote in Victims and Victors. "I feel we're being used to further the abortion issue, even though we've never been asked to tell our side of the story."
This is a huge jump of logic from how one, or even some, victims of rape or incest feels to how all rape and incest victims must feel. If members of this group don't want something then it must be denied to everybody? It's a, "Don't use us, but let us use you" line of reasoning.

Just as these women don't want me to speak for them or rob them of their voices, I as a fellow rape survivor, don't want them to rob me of my voice or of my choices.

If these women are so passionate that no other girl or woman be put in the position they were, are they also writing to Congress urging more be done to help prevent rape and incest so fewer victims have to face the agony that comes after being violated, whether a pregnancy results or not?

I haven't been able to find a copy of their petition so I don't know if it is limited to the subject of abortion.

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