Hopefully, this tragedy will spur changes to Moroccan law to prevent future horrors like Amina's. Thank goodness we live in a civilized country where women's rights are protected on a par with men's, a country where raped women are treated as victims rather than co-conspirators condemned to continue pregnancies to which they did not consent. Right?
The U.S. Congress, 83% of whose members are men, has of late been attempting to circumscribe women's access to contraception, denying them control of their own reproductive health. Meanwhile, in 2010 alone, 370 laws were passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures restricting abortion rights. Some of these new laws make no exception for rape. They reduce women to little more than incubators. Does this constitute a war on women? You bet it does.
Panderbear remembers well the time in America before Roe v. Wade when deaths from coat hanger abortions were an everyday occurrence. Is that what we really want for American women? Panderbear can only imagine a woman's horror at being forced to choose between criminality and continuing an unwanted pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. That's cruel and unusual punishment and a clear violation of women's constitutional rights. If such laws are upheld by the current 5-4 majority of activist conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices, how many American women will choose to follow Amina Filali's tragic example?