For many people the hard cases are the exceptions that make the rule. They would be completely pro-life but they want to grant exceptions for rape and incest, which then leads to lots of other exceptions and eventually to abortion on demand.
Others use the hard cases as a smokescreen to push for unlimited abortion on demand.
There is a reasoned debate in the pro-life camp regarding whether to go for an incremental approach (i.e., to grant exceptions for rape and incest) or to go for a ban on everything except abortions done to save the life of the mother. That’s a topic for another day.
But what about the highly charged emotional issues of rape and incest? Basic and essential pro-life reasoning still applies (it is a human being and abortion kills her) and there are other considerations as well, such as that aborting a baby conceived in rape often multiplies the trauma of the victim instead of relieving it. At a minimum women who have been raped should understand the consequences of abortion and not be told that it will make everything better.
If you are pro-choice in these cases, ask yourself this: What if you found out today that your biological father forced himself upon your biological mother when you were conceived. Would you immediately draw the conclusion that your life wasn’t worthy to be lived?
Before someone scolds me for being unsympathetic to the plight of the raped women, let me assure you that is not the case. If you want to advocate the death penalty for the rapist then I’d entertain that argument. But I don’t think the death penalty is the fair thing to do to the innocent unborn child. And let me repeat that abortion often multiplies the trauma of the victim instead of relieving it. She was violated once and is now being pressured to kill her unborn child.
Keep in mind that the incest in question isn’t the case of thirty-something brothers and sisters conceiving a child (not that it would make abortion any better in those cases). It is the sickening perversions of teen boys and younger sisters or fathers/step-fathers and daughters. In those cases incest is just a different kind of rape. Abortions in these cases take human lives and they hide the evidence of the rape. And abortion providers like Planned Parenthood have repeatedly shown that they would rather hide those crimes than obey the law.
There aren’t easy answers when someone has been raped. But deliberately killing an innocent human being improves remarkably few situations in life.
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