The "personhood" measures under discussion in North Dakota, which would ban abortions by defining human life as beginning with conception, are especially frustrating considering that they would be applied even in the case of rape ("North Dakota looks at more abortion restrictions," Tribune, March 23).
Post traumatic stress disorder is a psychological condition resulting from extreme stress. One study of rape victims showed that within a month of their assault, 94 percent experienced PTSD.
One in six women will endure either rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes. Hence, the number of women potentially dealing with severe stress conditions as a result of rape is staggering.