It’s funny to watch my son’s evolution in thought process. He is just now starting to get the concepts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He has been kind of confused for a long time about those and routinely said “yesterday” to things that happened two months ago. But he is coming along nicely in his evolution. Speaking of evolution, I’ve done my own over the years related to certain issues. The issue of life is one that I’ve done some evolving on, let me explain.
At one time I would have said abortion in the case of rape is okay. After all, why should an innocent woman suffer the consequences of a brutal crime by enduring a life altering pregnancy and birth? It makes sense. That is, until the argument is fully revealed in humanitarian terms.
The conversation is taking place as the image in this article circulates around the Internet. It asks the viewer to answer a simple question: which of these two babies was conceived in rape? The answer that ever honest person is forced to admit is “I don’t know, they look alike.” And that is the underlying truth to the issue of abortion in the case of rape.
How a child is conceived is not the starting point for a discussion of abortion because, in the end, we are still talking about a child. The unborn child doesn’t know if his father is in jail for rape, or waiting to hold her when she is born. The unborn child is simply an innocent bystander in the circumstances surrounding his conception.
Some talk about mercy, and compassion, allowing a woman whether single, married, poor or wealthy that was not planning to get pregnant to abort the child because “it would be easier.” But if ease and circumstances are a foundation for abortion where does that trail end? Does the mother of 5 that accidentally gets pregnant have the right to abort because it would be easier? Or the single college student whose life would be altered by pregnancy, does she have the right to abort because it would be easier?
If ease in life is the only basis for abortion then I will stand up and confidently suggest adoption because there are plenty of couples that can’t have kids that would eagerly adopt an unwanted child. But abortion advocates don’t like that answer and groups like Planned Parenthood don’t want to suggest adoption. So obviously we are not simply talking about ease of life.
At times I have made statements about how it seemed unfair for a woman to endure pregnancy and birth as a result of rape. While this might sound understanding and sensitive let me ask, isn’t it more unfair to kill an innocent human being that did not ask to be conceived by rape? How is abortion a “sensitive” or “fair” end to an innocent child?
At other times people talk about the woman, stating that they are most concerned with the woman and making sure she is taken care of and allowed to heal emotionally, mentally, and physically from the trauma of rape without the added consequence of pregnancy. Really? So the answer is to subject that woman to a procedure – abortion – which has been linked to mental health disorders, breast cancer, and complications in future pregnancy? How is that helping a woman to heal?
Much has been said about Missouri political candidate Todd Akin’s comments related to rape and pregnancy. He has been all but executed by people on both sides of the debate for what many perceive to be cruel and biologically false claims. But his claims may actually be rooted in fact. A recent article reports the study of Dr. Thomas Hilgers:
“Dr. Hilgers said that a study of rape victims in Nebraska found that only 1.6% became pregnant, whereas a random sample would have found 2-4% of all women pregnant after an act of intercourse. He concluded that ‘complex mechanisms of human ovulation and its interaction with stress’ could explain the discrepancy.”
In other words women may have a biological defense mechanism to prevent pregnancy during rape. Interesting.
Dr. Hilgers went on to say what abortion advocates don’t want people knowing, that few pregnancies occur as a result of rape. Hilgers is quoted as saying “pregnancies resulting from rape account for only a tiny proportion of all pregnancies, and for less than 0.01% of all abortions.” Abortion advocates want us to believe that if abortion in the case of rape is outlawed that thousands of women each year would suffer as a result. Unfortunately for abortion advocates the facts, as if often the case, don’t support their claims.
So how would you answer the question attached to the above picture? Which one was conceived in rape and deserves to die, though innocent? Listen to what commenters of this picture had to say on the issue:
“Brittany recounted how her friend who was raped decided to keep the child, adding that her friend now has a ‘beautiful 16-year-old daughter named Hope.’
“Nora mentioned that her best friend was the ‘child of a rape’ adding that she is the ‘neatest person I know, very caring and funny.’
“Yoana told about her friend who was raped at the age of 14. ‘She was heartbroken, scared, and pregnant. She never thought about abortion. She said, ‘a baby had the right to live’. Even though it was hard, she had family and friends to support her. She took therapy classes. She became herself again after her child was born. Now her baby is 10 years of age. She has no hard feelings, nor does she wish that she had never had her daughter. She loves her.’
“A woman named Yas put it best: ‘To be honest my daughter is the result of rape, but to me I look at her as a gift from God.’”
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I no longer consider abortion in the case of rape justifiable. Since I do believe that God is sovereign I believe that He has a purpose and a plan for everything in this life, even horrible crimes like rape. I know some might not like hearing that, but I still believe it. And since I do believe it, I can no longer pretend that abortion in the case of rape is right.
If you disagree, then tell me which child in the picture above you would kill.
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About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.