Why Rape Isn’t a Good Reason for Abortion

6 09 2008

One of the stories coming out of the convention is that the GOP adopted a stance on abortion that was tougher than what John McCain has taken. Namely, the GOP platform does not believe that rape or incest is a valid reason (aka excuse) for abortion. Unfortunately, many pro-life advocates (and politicians) believe that any law limiting abortion should contain exceptions for rape or incest. Abort73.com presents the case against using rape as an excuse for abortion:

Let’s say the woman does carry her child to term and decides to raise her daughter herself. After five years, however, she decides that the little girl’s presence in her life is too much of a burden. Should that mother have the right to kill her five year-old daughter who was born to her as a result of sexual assault?

Obviously not. No matter what the circumstances are regarding the little girl’s conception, she is a human being with a right to life that cannot be taken away from her. But what about before she is born, does this change anything? No, it doesn’t. Abortion is an act of violence that kills a living human being. The circumstances surrounding the conception do not change this simple reality. Rape and abortion share this in common. They are both acts of violent assault against an innocent victim. Aborting a child conceived through rape simply extends this pattern of violence and victimhood. It does not “unrape” the woman, but it will almost certainly increase her regret and misery. Whereas rape is an act of violence for which she bears no responsibility, abortion is an act of violence for which she would be morally culpable. Consider the following email, received by Abort73 on January 19, 2007:

I just wanted to say that I am so pleased to read your stance on abortion in the case of rape. My mother was a 14-year-old girl who was raped, and she tried to have an abortion. The only reason I am alive today is because the doctor miscalculated her due date and thought she was too far in the pregnancy to have the abortion, when in reality he was a month off (this actually happened twice). It pains me every time I hear even die hard pro-lifers say “except in the case of rape”. I know it is traumatizing for a girl or woman that is raped to have to carry a child, but it is no more traumatizing than someone who gets shot during a violent attack and has to deal with those wounds. Counseling and therapy can help heal the trauma, but the trauma will be there whether she has the abortion or not, and the abortion could even make it worse. It has caused me so much anxiety over the years to think that many pro-lifers would have approved of my mother’s abortion. By the way, she gave me up for adoption, and my adoptive parents were never able to have children. Thank you so much for this wonderful view against abortion even in the case of rape.

GOP Adopts Unconditional Stance Against Abortion

3 09 2008

The Christian Post is reporting that the Republican Party adopted a tougher stance on abortion for its platform than Senator McCain had wanted.

The GOP document (see page 52), which is nonbinding, does not provide exceptions allowing abortion in cases of rape, incest or where a mother’s life would be in danger — all favored by McCain. The Arizona senator’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, opposes abortion in all cases, consistent with the platform.

Steven Spruiell details some other differences between the Platform and McCain’s positions.

11-Year-Old Romanian Allowed to Have Abortion

28 06 2008

The Christian Post is reporting that the Romanian government has ruled that an 11-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated by her 19-year-old uncle will be allowed to have an abortion.

Pro-life Christian Orthodox groups had threatened to press charges if the girl was allowed to have an abortion in Romania since it would be beyond the 14 week legal limit. The girl is 21 weeks pregnant.

The stance of the church groups was in contrast to the Romanian Orthodox Church’s official view that the decision should be left to the girl’s family. The parents initially wanted to travel to a country where it would be legal.

“We are talking about … the rights of this child who was subjected to rape and incest,” said Theodora Bertzi, a Labor Ministry official and who was sitting on a committee, made up of government officials and experts, who ruled on the case.

Constantin Stoica, spokesman for the Romanian Orthodox Church, to which more than 80 percent of Romanians belong, said Wednesday it was “an exceptional situation which must be treated in an exceptional manner and the family is the only one to take this decision.”

He said the church considers abortion a crime, but this belief applies to normal circumstances and not to incest or rape.

I don’t understand why the manner in which a woman becomes pregnant should determine if the baby should be killed or not. A baby is a baby, no matter where the sperm came from. Yes, the fact that this little girl was abused is a terrible crime. Yes, to carry the pregnancy to full-term and deliver the baby would be a traumatic experience. But to resolve the crime that happened to this girl by committing another crime–the murder of an unborn baby–is not right.

According to the article, the pro-life Christian Orthodox church groups offered to help the family with financial and spiritual aid and even offered to help raise the child if the girl gave birth. Think about the long-term effects on this girl if she has the abortion. When she’s old enough to understand what happened, she is sure to experience an agonizing guilt and horror at what her family made her do.