A victim of rape should not be required to carry her rapist’s child to term. However, the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act forces women and girls who are victims of humanity’s worst and oldest crime to endure the unimaginable. The irony of this law is that it attempts to save the lives of the innocent and unborn while simultaneously obliterating the lives of the innocent and living.
One in six American women will experience rape in their lifetimes. More importantly, the lasting trauma experienced by victims of rape and incest is real. The law makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. This is significant because rape is the most underreported crime in our country. Only 230 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to the police.
As a society, we should have a high concern for women and girls who do not report and do not know they are pregnant until after a detectable heartbeat. As a survivor of rape, I battle the trauma from my experience every day. I support life. However, the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act is a direct assault on those whom we should protect.
Sophia Fifner, Columbus
Letter published in The Columbus Dispatch