This story is bleak. Very bleak.
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — In a country where many crimes against women are still swept under the rug, the case of a 14-year-old girl whose baby was allegedly aborted by her mother and brother using a razor blade has outraged doctors and human-rights workers.
The girl is in critical condition in a hospital at a U.S. military base after, officials said, her brother and mother lured her into a backyard shed, used a razor to cut her abdomen and removed the fetus.
But are we to believe the outcome would have been different were abortion “safe and legal”? I really don’t think so. If abortion were legal—nothing would have changed—you would have still had a society sweeping a girl’s problem under the rug, but doing it in a more sanitary fashion. I also can’t get away from the word “lure” in the report. Was the abortion against her will? And that happens in our own sanitary conditions more often than we care to admit. Bottom line: it’s a tragic situation, and that wouldn’t change with the legality of abortion.
Brigitte is shaking with horror: Good grief. A woman cuts her own daughter’s belly open to remove her own grandchild, probably because the pregnancy was a stain on the family’s honour, and people worry about the occupation?