The So-Called Abortion "Exception" of Rape
An "exception" is a euphemism for a child intentionally killed. Far from the rape exception being a concession toward ending abortion, the state of Mississippi actually began America's holocaust with this policy, by decriminalizing abortion for rape in 1966.1 2 As a figure of speech, this "exception" euphemism is meant to confuse by distracting us from the fundamental reality of the baby's life. So by avoiding that confusion, we more readily realize that it is never a hard decision to protect a baby.
Sometimes the crime of rape results in the conception of a child. Yet of course it is wrong to kill a baby for the crime of his father.
Abortion for Incest: Abortion for incest is cruel. Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics cover up the crime of incest, and typically send the victim back home to her rapist. Even worse, they often send her home with her rapist, the same criminal who brought her to the clinic.
Abortion for incest:
- emboldens a criminal to rape his young relative;
- helps him escape being caught;
- tempts him to repeat his crime; and,
- is not compassionate because it kills a baby and increases the woman's suffering.
A real life case: Kristi Hofferber, pictured at right, wrote of her own father/grandfather, "The incest was published in 1991 when my biological mother prosecuted her father, for not only the one pregnancy resulting in my birth and adoption, but also for six other pregnancies resulting in five abortions, and one forced miscarry by her father."
Abortion for Rape: Personhood for the unborn helps people understand there are no hard cases when deciding to protect a baby. You don't kill a baby because her father is a criminal. Similar tragedies result from non-incestuous rape. Clinics nationwide refuse to comply with mandatory reporting laws for suspected child rape. In Colorado, CRTL's Leslie Hanks and Jo Scott brought audio-taped evidence of that failure to Colorado's attorney general's office, and Republican John Suthers chooses to look the other way. And as for the men who use women, like serial rapist William Costello who assaulted an elderly pro-life activist Everett Stadig who was merely collecting personhood signatures, rapists as a group are pro-choice because abortion entices them to think they will get away with their crime. (Costello has been a politically-active successful businessman well-connected to top Colorado pro-abortion politicians.)
By tragically promoting politicians who advocate killing a child whose father is a criminal, the pro-life industry undermines the public's understanding of the unalienable God-given right to life of the innocent. The lie of abortion being justifiable for rape is what unleashed the slaughter of the innocents in the first place, as in Mississippi in 1966 and Colorado and California in 1967. Christians will never end "legalized" abortion as they tolerate and even defend laws that further entrench the very foundation of the abortionist argument. So.... Do something good with your vote: Personhood!
Personhood will reduce crimes against women and children. Such powerful arguments notwithstanding, Bethany IS the strongest argument!
- The Bible and Abortion: on Rape
- Colorado RTL's Amendment 62 Talking Points
- Rebecca Kiessling's story and Rebecca's stunning list of others conceived in rape, and women pregnant by rape. And see Rebecca at Colorado RTL's 2010 March for Life:
And while some think that those who defend "exceptions" are referring to "small numbers," see for example the Exceptions Calculator's count of the millions of children killed by the exceptions policies of John McCain.
"The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits."
-Leo Tolstoy widely attributed
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PS: Sherri Williams, after being raped, was pushed to have an abortion. Sherri refused and gave birth to a beautiful girl later adopted and named Bethany. Christians make powerful arguments against killing a child conceived in rape, but there is no stronger human argument than Bethany herself. She IS the argument! Click the play arrow to listen, and you will be STUNNED!
Also, ARTL is attempting to get a copy of this powerful YouTube video from a 2011 Mississippi Personhood Campaign Press Conference. Please pray that we'll be able to promote this vitally important message:
2012 Update re: Todd Akin: The "legitimate rape" Issue is a Mitt Romney policy, not an Akin policy. See ARTL's Romney, Ryan & Akin press release. Consider also, regarding pregnancy rates from rape, that a criminal does not follow his victim's ovulation cycle. Therefore the crime of rape must result in a lower than average fertilization rate. Any alleged study that indicates conception from rape at equal or even greater rates than otherwise are a priori false and likely result from some confused pro-abortion bias. Further, by design of a woman's reproductive system, when the sperm enters the womb, the woman's body performs a function that increases the chance of conception. An Anatomy 101 type article at a mainstream pregnancy website, ovulation-calculator.com, explains that the uterus contracts to help propel the sperm toward the fallopian tubes. The physiological trauma from rape apparently can hinder this process and would therefore even further lower the likelihood of pregnancy. Of course though, regardless of the circumstances of a child's conception, she should be loved.