I get these questions all the time. Usually it comes from pro-life people who ask me,
“I don’t know what to say when my friends say ‘what about in cases of rape?” etc. or:
“I’m pro-life EXCEPT in cases of rape.”
This falls under the category known as “hard cases”, but in my opinion, hard cases probably the easiest ones to respond to. The second quotation is what upsets me the most, let me answer that first.
Whenever someone says, “I think abortion should be legal in cases of rape,” it disgusts me. Being pro-life means to acknowledge that the unborn child is a HUMAN BEING. It’s saying, “it’s okay to kill the child if the mother was raped.” Being pro-life means to protect ALL FORMS OF LIFE. Who cares how they were conceived? Does that mean that they are any LESS of a person? No! It’s ridiculous to even think that! It’s saying, “I’m against murder, unless the murderer is a nice person.” That’s pathetic. Murder is murder, and it should be illegal in all cases! Just like abortion (in the mind of a pro-life person).
Now what to say to someone who’s pro-choice?
It’s ironic whenever a pro-choice person brings this up (which is usually the LAST resort). Let’s take this hypothetically:
A mother was raped and somehow, miraculously became pregnant (which is under 1% possibility), and gave birth to the child. But somewhere later on in her life, let’s say 5 years later, every time she looks at her child, is reminded of the rape. She decides to murder her 5 year old child. But it’s okay, the child was conceived through rape! What difference is the child inside of the womb than outside? Who cares about how the child was conceived! The thing is, whenever a woman aborts because of rape (.8% of the time), she goes into counseling, not because of the rape, but because of the abortion. The thought process behind a rape is, “Someone did this to me.” The thought process behind an abortion is, “I did this to someone.” Having an abortion doesn’t “unrape” the women, it just makes her ignore the fact that she was raped. I’m not saying that rape is good. Rape is a horrible thing, and nobody should ever have to go through something as traumatizing as that. BUT there is counseling! And the child is a miracle! Not a punishment! Abortion is an act of violence (even pro-choice people believe so), so is rape. What gives someone the right to perform an act of violence after someone else has performed an act of violence on them? Doesn’t that seem hypocritical? The pro-life world counsels those who have been raped (they don’t have to be pregnant), but the pro-choice world doesn’t. Instead, they say, “the best think you can do is abort the child.” God loves the child, and if you believe in justice, punish the rapist, not the child.