Two anti-abortion advocates slammed the July 12 decision of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals to allow a 12-year-old incest and rape victim to have an abortion after being impregnated by a male family member (video below).
Speaking from the steps of the state judicial building in Montgomery on July 19, Win Johnson, a lawyer, said the court ruled that the 12-year-old girl could "kill her own child," notes the Montgomery Advertiser.
Johnson insisted that the girl should have been forced to carry her rapist's baby:
Government is supposed to protect innocent life. The Court of Civil Appeals made the decision that this girl was mature enough to decide to murder her own child in her womb. Has anyone explained this too her in its darkest, rawest form? In this case we're victimizing two people. It's time we have judges who will do their duty and who are not afraid of what might happen.
Johnson, who worked as the legal director for the Administrative Office of Courts while Roy Moore was Chief Justice, said the rape victim's choice to have an abortion would have negative effects on the rest of her life.
Lorie Mullins, the executive director of the COPE Pregnancy Center, which does not offer abortions or other types of medical care, also slammed the court's ruling:
The one thing that I can tell you is that it is not an easy decision, but I've never had a woman come back and say her life was better. There is no good choice in this matter. What I can say is that this girl's life will not be better after an abortion no matter what happens.
The girl was reportedly raped by an adult relative while living at home with her mother, uncle, stepfather and four siblings. The pre-teen and her siblings were removed from the home, and are in the custody of the Department of Human Resources (DHR).
The district attorney's office opposed the victim getting a waiver to have an abortion without parental consent, which is how the juvenile court ruled. The district attorney fought the ruling to the appeals court.
There is no indication that Johnson or Mullins has ever met the rape and incest victim, but Johnson said that no one had told the victim that she was murdering her own child, notes AL.com.
"Now, nobody has said that to her, I bet you, in any of her counseling," Johnson added. "Nobody has explained that to her in its starkest, rawest form, like that. But what if it was, what if she really thought through it, even as a 12-year-old and said, 'Gosh, I don't want that on my conscience.'"
Mullins also insisted that victim should not be allowed to decide whether or not to carry the rapist's baby:
She probably has trouble deciding what shirt to wear to school. The courts, the law has decided that she's not old enough, wise enough and mature enough to make her own decision about whether or not she wants to drink, to buy a pack of cigarettes to drive a car.
But they have now put this decision, this responsibility, in her hands. This is a 12-year-old child who now has the responsibility of life and death and no matter how you feel about abortion, that's what it is, it's a decision about life or death.
According to the appeals court ruling, the girl was raped repeatedly. A DHR caseworker said that there had been a history of physical abuse in the home, and that the girl's mother was neglectful, which had resulted in the kids being removed from the home five times.
Mullins said the rape victim was now going to be a "perpetrator" of violence:
She has been victimized her entire life. And now she's being put in the position of being the perpetrator of this newest violence, because that's what's going to happen. Whether she grasps it now, there's a point in her life where she is going to understand what she has done and how it is going to impact. The depression, the substance abuse that happens so often, the problems with future relationships.
I don't know what the perfect answer is, but I know this is not it. If I could actually speak to this child, the only thing I could say to her is you've been robbed of your childhood. Don't rob yourself of your future.