Was Raped 12-Year-Old's Fetus 'Meant to Be'?


A 12-year-old and a 9-year-old were both raped in Pennsylvania and the 12-year-old victim -- just a child herself -- is now pregnant.

The alleged rapist -- Wayne A. Klotz, 47 -- is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, and corruption of minors. He terrorized the girls and told them that he would hurt them if they told.

And after victimizing this poor child in so many ways, some people -- including 78 Republican candidates -- believe that in cases like this, the victim should be forced to carry this baby.

Even though it could kill her to do so. Even though it will almost certainly ruin the childhood, which has likely already been damaged beyond repair. And even though these candidates have never directly spoken about this specific case, their "pro-life without discrimination" stance means that even in this most egregious case, abortion would be off-limits.

What are they smoking?

But judging from some of the responses to Would You Have Your Rapist's Baby? last week, some readers of The Stir agree:

One commenter said:

The choice is whether or not to kill a person who had nothing to do with the rape and obviously can't be blamed for it. Aside from that, the new baby is not half you and half rapist -- meiosis is not really that simple. The baby is a new individual who does have a right to life. Killing the baby will not turn back the hands of time and undo the rape.

Another said:

Your body -- your choice. Just like with sex. And when that right is taken away from you, there should be punishment. But that doesn't mean a third individual should be stripped of it's right to life either. Regardless of age or stage of development.

Another commenter said:

I have known two women who chose to give birth to their babies conceived by rape, and neither regrets it. In fact, one woman gave hers up for adoption (And still gets updates and pictures) and the other raises her baby with her new husband. Both little girls are beautiful and precious and deserve life. While both women regret HOW they came to be, neither regret that they came to be.

I wonder if they feel the same way about a victimized 12-year-old, a little girl who has already been so thoroughly traumatized, it's hard to imagine she will ever be normal. This child never had a "choice" as to whether or not to have sex and now she shouldn't have a "choice" as to whether or not she should carry the fetus to term?

We should expect this child to go through nine months of pregnancy, using her body, which is likely not even ready for the process, as a vessel for the child of the 47-year-old rapist. 

That is the right thing? That is God's plan?

I don't think so.

Do you think this child should be forced to carry the baby?

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Debbie Rice

can you imagine how traumatized she will be after a legal murder??? I agree she is way to young, but the pregnancy should be closely monitored. You say that she could die from having the baby, she could die from the abortion also.

Sarah THorn

no i dont think she should be forced to carry it

carowga3 carowga3

i'm starting to feel like your only point in your stories is for everyone to know that you do not believe in God and you are pro choice. It's a traumatic situation for that girl no matter how you look at it but why make her think the only thing to do is to kill the baby growing inside of her. If she does have the baby it will not make her forget what happened. If she had an abortion it would still not make her forget what happened. Either way, what happened will always stay with her.

bills... billsfan1104

I love how you tie in republicans and state that they re forcing her to give birth, when you yourself say that they have said nothing on this case. Since when will giving birth automatically kill her? Since when is abortion the only solution? Maybe her family has decided together to have the baby and either keep it or five it up for adoption? And since you are for choice, doesn't she have a choice to have the baby?

Debbie Fulkerson

absolutely not! Im a christian and I do not favor abortion but having a child that young is very dangerous and would be horribly traumatic for the girl! For all those who claim its God's plan, do you really think God would object to sending the baby back to his maker to be born another day and spare this girls life? the god I know is not that cruel

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

I don't agree with abortion, but that's just me. She shouldn't kill a harmless child when there are millions of couples trying to get pregnant and failing. Give birth and give it up for adoption at the very least...

pampme20 pampme20

I can relate to what this girl is going through from past experience in my life and the trauma she has suffered will never go away whether she keeps the baby or not. I also believe that the rapist should be punished and greatly for that matter for what awful things hes done. However every person has to do what is right for themselves in this situation; but as we speak for this 12 yr old girl who speaks for the unborn child? The baby didn't ask if it could be conceived; it didn't ask if it could go through all of this and come into this world. So there is more than one party that needs to be looked out for; just as we call shooting a man down in a busy street murder should we not call the method of abortion murder as well since its just an innocent bi-standard; but yet ppl believe it should be punished as well!! I will be praying for this little girl she has such a long difficult road ahead of her but I will not condone killing the child and I have been there!!

ZsMommy ZsMommy

Personally I agree with the author of this post. This child has been tramatized on so many levels,and it's very easy to say she may be tramatized by an abortion as the reply above states,but this child may be even MORE tramatized by carrying to term a child that was an ill fated circumstance of an act of violence against her. Whether or not this was "God's plan",the choice should still be left to the victim. I hope those who are quick to expect this child to carry a child to term,are as quick to want to adopt this child that would be forced upon a minor to carry. I understand,truly I do,it would be an act of grace for this child to carry this pregnancy to term. Yes...she would have a kind heart and by Christian belief,be granted God's grace for thinking not only of herself,but of another life. But in an act of rape,I find myself taking religion out of the equation,and honestly feel,especially concerning the fact that this IS a MINOR,that even if she chooses,be it she still has a right to choose,to abort this child,that she will be forgiven if she asks God to forgive her for her choice. This too is of Christian belief. If we are willing to ASK for FORGIVENESS for our choices.(Cont'd)

ZsMommy ZsMommy

Cont'd.....This minor really has very little a voice...she cannot vote,she cannot drive,she cannot enter the work force. I can't see forcing such an individual to now have to care for a child when she cannot care for herself even. This is not just a crime (the rape) against the child,but an entire family that would be forced to now raise a child that "may" a constant reminder of a violent crime. On the other hand,they may have a bigger heart and overall forgiveness of the situation. But I feel NO human should force such a decision upon a child.

disca... discarded

I am not for abortion but no one can make a choice for you and these people are right it won't go away no matter what you do as far as her being so young my youngest adopted sister was 13 when she had her baby and it didn't kill her. look as far as for the rape it will always be there even if you try to make her forget  she wont trust that as far as the baby adoption is always a good choice but if that's not what you want then so be it i don't feel it is right to kill a baby but no one will be able to make you do something if you don't want to do something a lot of therapy will help her she will be able to live her live as she chooses hope the baby can be part of that choice school she can always finish as well my sister did she graduated. live life . only you choose for your baby and  life.

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