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Stevens County Times Editorial: There’s something in the Alabama abortion law that’s disturbing

The state of Alabama has passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in U.S. history.

There is a particular portion of the law that even those who are pro-life and supporters of this law should find at least somewhat disturbing.

The law does not allow abortion in the case of rape or incest. Yes, there are those who will argue that every child is a gift from God, including pregnancies as a result of rape or incest. And if you are a firm believer that life begins at conception, then it may be difficult to say that aborting a life that is created by rape or incest is acceptable.

But is forcing a victim of rape or incest to carry a child to full term really pro-life? Or is it dangerously close to legitimatizing a crime, or a sin, to use a term many pro-life advocates use?

Certainly good things can happen from bad starts but getting pregnant by rape or incest can be so much more than a bad start. How humane is it to legally force a woman, teen, or child, to remember a crime each day for nine straight months? Would this not be re-victimizing the victim? Wouldn't it create more trauma?

Abortion is a difficult topic, one that rarely results in civil dinner discussion or in congenial chats over coffee. But, in this case, discussion needs to happen. And it could start with what if it were my daughter, niece, sister, friend or neighbor who became pregnant through rape or incest?

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