In reading pro-abortion writing, I am struck by people who defend abortion by saying, “If my daughter was raped, I would go with her to get an abortion and hold her hand throughout!” As though pregnancy from rape is a major issue in the abortion debate. Of course it happens, but rape is a minor part of the abortion industry.
However, regardless of how the pregnancy is started, abortion kills a baby. Abortion stops a beating heart. That’s a fact. Two wrongs do not make a right.
President Obama once remarked about his own daughters:
“I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby,”
A book I read recently was Room. The story is written from the perspective of a 5-year old boy who lived with his mother in one room where they were captives. The mom had been there for many years, and the boy was the result of the mother’s rape by her captor. In that one roon the mother had created a world for herself and her son.
When they finally escaped, the mother’s father had a hard time even looking at the boy because the boy was the product of the rape of his daughter. Other people had similar reactions. A news reporter asked her if she felt her captor had ever cared for his son. The mother said, “Jack’s nobody’s son but mine.” And when she was pressed about whether or not she found that Jack reminded her of the painful circumstances of his conception, she said, “He reminds me of nothing but himself.”
A child is a child. Our heritage influences us – but we are our own selves. Why is a child whose father’s a rapist any less entitled to life than one whose father is a teacher or a businessman or a drug dealer or a miner?
It’s a difficult question. And when I debate abortion with myself – because I DO understand both sides of the debate – I keep coming back to the fact that there ARE some black and white issues in life. Some things are simply wrong. And killing an innocent human life is one of those things – regardless of parentage or circumstances. Once a woman is pregnant, it is no longer only about her body. Her body houses the baby for 9 months, but the baby is a separate entity. “My body – my decision” is simply a cop-out – a way to sidestep to real issue of abortion.