Abortion is one of the most controversial acts debated in our society. In a presented case, the family of a woman who was raped while in comma, must now decide whether to disregard the life of an unborn child and abort, or to carry on and allow this woman to give life to a creature that was placed in her, without her own consent. THUS, ONE QUESTIONS: SHOULD A WOMAN IMPREGNATED WHILE IN COMMA BY A RAPIST BEAR THE CHILD OR NOT? Along with this question, many others arise with regards to the consequences that abortion or the birth of the child could implicate: – SHOULD RELIGIOUS BELIEFS INTERFERE WITH THE FAMILY'S DECISION? A) The parent's belief, which is due o their Roman Catholic religious background and lifestyle, pursues the doctors to have the birth, since in Catholicism, abortion is not even an option. B) However, even in the most pro-life belief, there can still exist an exception for extreme situations such as rape or incest.
– WHO WILL SUPPORT AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CHILD? A) The hospital will try to escape this problem and have the abortion, however, it should become responsible for the economic stability of the child for the rest of his life until adulthood. B) IRS can become responsible for the child and help the grandparents or guardians of the child in raising him. – CAN THE HOSPITAL ENFORCE THE ABORTION? A) There can be a chance that the hospital could medically prove to the family that the birth could implicate the mother's death, or an awful deformity or retarding of the child.
Still, they hold no absolute authority because for such decision it is imperative that the family agrees. – SHOULD OR CAN THE FAMILY SUE THE HOSPITAL? A) RAPE STATISTICS -In the United States, 1.3 women are raped every minute. That results in 78 rapes each hour, 1872 rapes each day, 56160 rapes each month and 683,280 rapes each year. -The United States has the world's highest rape rate of the countries that publish such statistics– 4 times higher than Germany, 13 times higher than England, and 20 times higher than Japan. -1 out of every 3 American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
-1 in 7 women will be raped by her husband. -61% of all rape cases are victims less than 18 years old. 22% are between the ages of 18 and 24. -78% of rape victims know the attacker. -In a survey of college women, 38% reported sexual victimization's which met the legal definition of a rape or attempted rape, yet only 1 out of every 25 reported their assault to the police. -1 in 4 college women have either been raped or suffered attempted rape.
-In a study of college students, 35% of men indicated some likelihood that they would commit a violent rape of a woman who had fended off an advance if they were assured of getting away with it. -1 in 12 male students surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape. Furthermore, 84% of the men who had committed such acts said what they had done was definitely not rape. -75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in acquaintance rape had been drinking or using drugs.
-Rape has a devastating impact on the mental health of victims. 31% of all victims develop Rape-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (RR-PTSD) sometime in their lifetimes. Based on U.S. Census reports on the number of women in the United States, 1.3 million women currently have RR-PTSD, 3.8 million women have previously had RR-PTSD and roughly 211,000 women will develop RR-PTSD each year. -When compared with non victims, rape victims have been found to be 8.7 times more likely to attempt suicide. -Only 16% of rapes are ever reported to the police. In a survey of victims who did not report rape or attempted rape to the police, the following was found as to why no report was made: 43% thought nothing could be done, 27% felt it was a private matter, 12% were afraid of police response, and 12% felt it was not important enough.