Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Why Rape And Incest Are NOT Good Reasons To Abort


Many times the Catholic Church, and individual pro-lifers, are accused of being unkind in not having "exceptions" for abortions in hard circumstances, especially for rape and incest.

But, before we answer directly, we need to be clear on a few things:
  • The Church does not teach that a rape victim is at fault in any way, shape, or form. 
  • The Church does not teach that the babies are any less valuable than their mother. 
  • The Church does not teach that the father should not be punished - in fact, the Church teaches that it is an act of justice to punish him in jail.
  • The Church's teaching is not a "no" to abortion as much as it is a "yes" to the foundational right to life for each individual.
What the Church does teach is that regardless of the situation surrounding conception, we all have the inalienable right to live our lives without others killing us. None of us gets to choose the time or situation of our creation. Neither does a child who is conceived in rape or incest. Will a woman have deep wounds that will need a lifetime to heal from? Yes. Is the rape a terrible thing? Absolutely. While many believe the most "compassionate" thing to do for the woman is the "fix" the problem by an abortion, this doesn't help anyone. It kills the child and wounds the woman more.

If a woman decides to kill her baby, she will most likely regret it, as many woman who regret their abortions have documented.

No person deserves to be killed no matter the circumstances surrounding how a life came to be. Think of Mary, who was young and unmarried, when pregnant with Jesus. In today's society she would be told that keeping the baby would ruin her life.

God loves all children much more than any of us ever could. They have a purpose to their lives, just like you and I do, and it is possible to support both baby and mother. Both lives are worthy of our help.
"All human beings, from their mother’s womb, belong to God who searches them and knows them, who forms them and knits them together with his own hands, who gazes on them when they are tiny shapeless embryos and already sees in them the adults of tomorrow..." -(Pope John Paul II - The Gospel of Life, 61).
The situation in life, the pain that others feel, the evil that is perpetrated on someone, the situation surrounding conception, and any other reason does not negate our inviolable dignity.

We cannot kill the innocent. We must love them and support them. Regardless of how their lives were started.

Below are testimonies of men and women who were conceived by rape.

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