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Thursday, December 01, 2022

The parents of a teenage Mississippi rape victim had to travel more than 500 miles to help their daughter obtain an abortion in Illinois, WAPT's Megan West reported. The family told the local Jackson anchor that they learned their daughter was pregnant three days beyond Mississippi's legal limit of six weeks.

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State law forced Mississippi's only abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organization, to close its doors on July 6, 2022, and the owners opened a new location in New Mexico where abortion remains legal. Under Mississippi's Roe v. Wade trigger law, people who became pregnant as a result of rape still technically had the right to get an abortion"if they reported their rape to law enforcement and found a doctor willing to provide it.

Even before the Dobbs ruling, abortion-rights activists have long warned that Mississippi's narrow exceptions for its abortion bans were largely toothless.

Laurie Bertram Roberts runs the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund, which is one of several nonprofit organizations that provides funding for people who need help obtaining abortions in Mississippi. She said that while her organization did not receive a request for help from the family WAPT interviewed, "there's not been a month since we've been around that we don't hear from rape victims."

"The exemption essentially doesn't exist because, for one, who is performing abortions in Mississippi? Nobody, right? The exemption system is essentially set up not to work. If you look at the hoops people have to go through, I think of it the way (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families) applications are set up," Roberts said, referring to a cash-assistance program that annually rejects more than 90% of poor applicants in Mississippi. "It's like, yeah, you can apply, but you're probably not going to get anything."

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-12-01 09:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And there were Republicans dreaming about arresting her once she made it back home.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2022-12-01 09:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Once you leave the womb, conservatives don't care about you until you reach military age. Then you're just what they're looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers."

George Carlin

#3 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2022-12-01 11:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Once you leave the womb, conservatives don't care about you until you reach military age. "

That's why the spent $5,000,000 of welfare funds on a volleyball court for Brett Favre's daughter to play on.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-12-01 11:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Old white men passing laws based on something that their bronze age myth never talked about that will end up killing someone's wife, mother or daughter to appease a cancervative group that wanted a wedge issue to rally the brain dead dopes.

#5 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-12-01 11:58 AM | Reply

"Mississippi Teen Rape Victim Forced to Travel 500 Miles for Abortion"

But not because of Republican abortion laws.
Because the Liberal Doctors are cowards!
--Miranda7

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-12-01 12:22 PM | Reply

Keep voting for republicans and they'll have to travel to mexico.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-12-01 12:32 PM | Reply

Conservatives are less then human. They are becoming the Morlocks of HG Wells Time machine.

#8 | Posted by igashosparks at 2022-12-01 12:32 PM | Reply

This is outrageous. It should not be happening in USA in 2022. Morally this is an abomination. No teen rape victim should ever be forced to go through such an ordeal.

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2022-12-01 02:24 PM | Reply

Morally this is an abomination.
#9 | Posted by moder8

Or in republicanland, what is known as SUCCESS!

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-12-01 02:34 PM | Reply

No rape victim should ever be forced to go through such an ordeal.

Fixed that for you #9.

#11 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-12-01 03:37 PM | Reply

No rape victim should ever be forced to go through such an ordeal.
Fixed that for you #9.

#11 | POSTED BY RJSQUIRREL

Don't tell Republicans that.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2022-12-01 05:32 PM | Reply

Every other civilized nation is moving towards increasing abortion access. Except the good Ol' USA. We're being run into the Moral Muck by science-illiterate Dunning-Kruger Poster Children.

#13 | Posted by zarnon at 2022-12-02 09:58 AM | Reply

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