Texas Abortion Law Harms Survivors of Rape and Incest, Activists Say

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Kaiser Health News

The Safe Alliance in Austin, Texas, helps survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. Before Texas’ new abortion law took effect, the organization counseled a 12-year-old who had been repeatedly raped by her father. Piper Stege Nelson, chief public strategies officer for the Safe Alliance, said the girl’s father didn’t let her leave the house. “She got pregnant,” Nelson said. “She had no idea about anything about her body. She certainly didn’t know that she was pregnant.” The girl eventually got help, but if this had happened after Sept. 1, when the state law took effect, h…

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