Rape victim will be forced to give birth after Roe v. Wade was overturned
Supreme Court in June 2022, restricting women’s rights to abortion
Rape victim will be forced to be a mom at such a young age
In a recent article published by Black Enterprise, victims of rape will be forced to give birth after Roe v. Wade was overturned after over 50 years by the Supreme Court in June 2022, restricting women’s rights to abortion.
The story of a rape victim Ashley, a soon-to-be seventh grader in Mississippi had to give birth to a baby after she was raped by a stranger. After SCOTUS’s ruling, the Mississippi Attorney General bans all abortions, except to save the life of the pregnant person, or in the story of a rape victim or incest they should have been reported to law enforcement.
Ashley didn’t tell her story of a rape victim to her mom Regina, but as her 13th birthday was approaching, the story of a rape victim was told as she started showing symptoms to pregnancy. Regina asked her daughter if she was pregnant but the teen denied. And instead of celebrating her becoming a teenager, Regina and Ashley went to the emergency room at Northwest Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale.
Ashley’s story of a rape victim was found when the blood reports state that she is almost 11 weeks pregnant. Dr. Erica Balthrop, an OBGYN, knew the fact that sending Ashley to abortion clinics in Memphis or Jackson, Mississippi, was no longer an option. The available option is to send Ashley to a clinic in Chicago which is 9 hours away. The story of a rape victim will now face financial challenge as the trip required money for travel expenses.
This story of a rape victim tells the harsh reality of what some Black women are going through after the right to abortion was ban by Republican lawmakers in Mississippi. After the Supreme Court ruling, Ashley’s home state along with several others, banned abortion in almost all circumstances including the story of a rape victim. The story of a rape victim doesn’t end here, after the ruling, women’s reproductive health has been put at risk in most cases, like in Louisiana where a women was denied an abortion despite the fetus missing a skull, Black Enterprise previously reported.
South Carolina legislators were considering passing a bill for death penalty if women had an abortion. Some states, including Mississippi, that issued exceptions for abortions, like the story of a rape victim, according to a report from the New York Times. Before Ashley gave birth to her baby, “Peanut,” she was unaware of this rule.