Ohio Republican: Pregnancy from rape is an ‘opportunity for that woman’

While introducing her measure that would ban abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest in front of the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday, GOP Rep. Jean Schmidt argued that a pregnancy from rape is actually an opportunity for a woman to raise a child or send them to be adopted by a loving family.

“Rape is a difficult issue and it emotionally scars the individual, all or in part, for the rest of their life ― just as child abuse does. But if a baby is created, it is a human life and whether that mother ends that pregnancy or not the scars will not go away, period,” said Schmidt.

“It is a shame that it happens, but there’s an opportunity for that woman – no matter how young or old she is ― to make a determination about what she’s going to do to help that life be a productive human being. … That child can grow up and be something magnificent, a wonderful family person, cure cancer, etc.,” she continued. “This is not about keeping abortion alive, this is about keeping the mother alive, and just because you have emotional scars doesn’t give you the right to take a life.”

As HuffPost points out, the bill does include an exception if the mother’s life is as risk.

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