The Radical Notion That All Life Should Be Valued & That Truth Will Prevail

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In Case of Rape

"What if she's raped? Should she be forced to carry the baby, the reminder of the rape every day?"

First off, even if raped, does it make the baby any less a baby? No, of course not. It's a baby conceived through unthinkable circumstances. You can't look at a baby conceived through love and one through rape and be able to spot a difference. Because there is none! They are both humans, same as you and I.

"We must approach this with great compassion. The woman has been subjected to an ugly trauma, and she needs love, support and help. But she has been the victim of one violent act. Should we now ask her to be a party to a second violent act -that of abortion? Unquestionably, many would return the violence of killing an innocent baby for the violence of rape. But, before making this decision, remember that most of the trauma has already occurred. She has been raped. That trauma will live with her all her life." (

Should she really top it off with abortion? It will not take away the rape, it will not take away the memories. It won't even help her deal with what happened.

But...the baby is part his! Yes, the baby is half his, but it's still half hers. And should we kill the baby for his or her father's crimes? Do we kill another child because their father's crimes? No. We punish the one who committed the crime. The child conceived doesn't deserve the death penalty.

Maybe she can't deal with raising the baby; maybe it would be too difficult. But she can find an adopting family.

When debating with someone for abortion, they'll more than likely pull the rape card. Remember, abortions from rape are only 1%, and it still doesn't justify the murder of an unborn child.

Rape is hard enough to deal with. Abortion is hard enough to deal with. One was an act of violence committed against her- she had no control over it. The other is her committing an act of violence toward an unborn baby- and she chose to do it. Neither is justifiable.

"Why should a woman who was the victim of rape or incest have to bear a child?

When pregnancy occurs as a result of rape or incest, the baby is not only the child of the rapist but of the woman as well. Today, it is not unusual for rape victims who aborted their children to say they have come to grips with having been the victim of someone else’s violence, but cannot accept that they inflicted violence on their own baby. On the other hand, you never hear a rape victim who did not have an abortion later say she wished she had. In fact, they often see the baby as the only good thing that came from the situation.

There are those who argue that this baby would be a constant reminder of the rape. When adoption is suggested, the response is that many women are not emotionally able to carry a child for nine months and then give it to someone else to raise. In other words, we’re asked to believe that the kind of woman who would be traumatized by placing her child with a loving family, would be happier if her baby was brutally ripped to shreds, thrown in a dumpster and hauled off to a landfill.

Even if we bought into that, let’s imagine that a woman was kidnapped and held for two years during which time she gave birth to her captor’s son. When rescued, the woman says the baby is a constant reminder of her ordeal but that she could not stand to give him up to someone else to raise. Would we allow her to have him killed? After all, the dynamics used to justify abortion also exist in this situation.
Other people rationalize abortion for rape and incest because the pregnancy was beyond the woman’s control. That too is illogical. Allowing a victim of violence and brutality to inflict violence and brutality upon her own child will not return the control that the rapist stole from her, nor will it address the physical or psychological damage that was done to her.

Finally, we must never forget that the unborn child created through an act of violence is no less a living human being than the one created through an act of love. And just as we would not discriminate against a five-year-old who was conceived in rape or incest, neither should we discriminate against an unborn child who was so conceived."

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