Idaho lawmaker triggers outrage after saying that rape victims cannot conceive

Idaho Senate has made it mandatory for the abortion providers to tell the women about free ultrasound centers. Relevant to the evidence that proved many women, almost 90%, who opted for abortion, felt they should go for their babies, once they saw their babies in the ultrasound. The statement of Rep Pete Nielsen has that rape victims cannot conceive, made the bill pass with ease.

Pete Nielsen believes that the trauma does not let the rape victims to get pregnant. When the bill was about to be passed, the pro choice activists, welcomed the bill, as it would let the mothers to keep their unborn child, by offering an emotional bonding. The idea of them getting to know about the centers offering free ultrasound would encourage them to give it a try. The opponents were against the bill, as the emotional manipulation may hurt the emotions of the victims of rape and incest.

Rep Pete Nielsen, was of the other opinion that consent is a vital biological factor that played crucial role in pregnancy. As there is no consent present, for him, this was no topic for discussion. “….in many cases of rape, it does not involve any pregnancy because of the trauma of the incident. … that may be true with incest a little bit.”

The Idaho law maker said he is firm in his opinion even when challenged by the lack of scientific basis. He stated, “I read a lot of information. I have read it several times.”, adding to that he said, “being a father of five girls, I’ve explored it a lot. The bill was voted 13-4, in the House of State Affair Committee. Nielsen’s views played a vital role in passing the bill. This bill has made it compulsory for abortion clinics to let the pregnant women know about free ultrasound centers.

Hannah Brass Greer, of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, however criticized this statement of Nielsen, saying that reducing access to abortion in Idaho has no logic of science or medicine. She added, “These bills are blatantly obvious attempts by politicians to put every barrier possible between a woman and her constitutional right to safe and legal abortion.” She feels, it would be good if Nielsen and the rest would concentrate more on common sense ideas to make it possible for all to lay hands on birth control to put an end to unintended pregnancies.

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