Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Woman Jailed After Reporting Rape, Denied Emergency Contraception

This one will probably have you punching the wall . . .

A woman who told police she had been raped was jailed for two days after officers found an old warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a 2003 theft arrest. While she was behind bars, according to the college student's attorney, a jail worker refused to give her a second dose of the morning-after contraceptive pill because of the worker's religious convictions.

The 21-year-old woman was released Monday only after attorney Vic Moore reported her plight to the local media.

"Shocked. Stunned. Outraged. I don't have words to describe it," Moore said. "She is not a victim of any one person. She is a victim of the system. There's just got to be some humanity involved when it's a victim of rape."

Moore said the woman was not allowed to take the second emergency contraceptive pill until Monday afternoon, a day late, after reporters called police and jail officials. [Phil Davis, AP]
It is one thing that this woman was incarcerated after reporting being raped—that is vicious enough. To deny her the medical treatment she requested--to reduce her to being the potential vessel for some rapist’s child when she expressly requested otherwise--is cruelty beyond compare.

And why? Because it offended some idiot's religious sensibilities. This is but yet another example of how faith is utterly vicious.

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