I work with and for survivors of rape. I am a survivor of rape. I have had abortions. Call me a statistic.
The thought of limiting access to abortion unless under circumstances of rape is politically and morally reprehensible to me. But that's not the point.
The legislastion puts the onus of proving rape on the woman. The only way to prove rape, outside of witnesses, which is rare, is to go to a hospital and have a "rape kit" done.
SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) are generally volunteers. You may ask "Why is the "rape kit" and SANE certification not part of every hospital protocol?" I would say that's an excellent question. I don't know why it is not part of every ER nurse/doctor training.
Even the Dr's (M.D.'s) are not trained to do the "rape kit". I, as an advocate for the survivor, have sat through many of them. You can find out what happens by reading the SANE protocol site or email me and I'll tell you.
During that time, survivors are offered Plan-B (now over the counter) and prophylactic drugs for HIV. They are routinely tested for STD's, although there is no coercion: every step of the way is counseled and given support.My organization gives further counseling as the survior decides what she wants.
The rape kit is the only evidence to bring to court. I don't have the ugly statistics at hand, but I think it's about 15 % of cases that make it to court. As opposed to rape statistics, which vary from 1 in 4 or 5 with women - and who knows with men.
It means that, if a law is passed that abortion is ONLY paid for by government assistance in an instance of rape, that the fetus will be in middle school by the time the abortion is granted.
It also means that two wars on women continue to be waged. Our right to control our bodies and our right to live without the threat of sexual violence.
And y'know what? I plan to win this war.