So Oklahoma has joined so many other Republican-controlled states in passing a no-rape exception anti-abortion bill. Then Kentucky came out with one even worse: it requires abortion providers submit a number of forms that don’t exist yet. Until the state provides the forms, providing an abortion even in a life-saving situation would be illegal, so the clinics are shuttered until then.
This means any woman who needs an abortion to save her life will die if she isn’t able to get out of state. But they don’t care. Hell, in Georgia they considered a bill in 2012 that would force women to carry dead babies to term.
And as I’ve mentioned before, if a rape victim has to bear the pregnancy to term, that’s going to cost her. Ob/gyn bills can add up even if she doesn’t insurance. It’s necessary for the health of both the mother and the fetus. You’d think those Republicans, oh so concerned about the fetus’s well-being, would cover the costs; after all, the woman’s being coerced into a pregnancy against her will. But again, nope.
Much like the Shirley Exception, forced-birthers tell us lies to hand-wave away that they’re monsters. They tell themselves the same lies for the same reason. That abortion is never necessary to save the mother’s life, which is a lie. That rape doesn’t get women pregnant, which is another lie.
Then there are the lies about rape victims, most notably that they’re all they’re lying sluts, or that if the rape happened, she was asking for it (to be fair these lies extend way beyond the Republican Party). So why should they give her a free ride through her pregnancy when she’s either lying or brought it on herself? Hell, the slut should be grateful — God’s given her a baby. It would be a slap in God’s face to refuse the precious present (my detailed rejection of this view is at the link).
These let them pretend that they’re good people and not malicious misogynist shits. But it’s a pretense and nothing more.
I go into forced-birth bullshit in more detail in Undead Sexist Cliches, available as a Amazon paperback, an ebook and from several other retailers. Cover by Kemp Ward, all rights remain with current holder.