This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Situational Abortion: Rape, Incest…

Trough out the whole experience with the Pro- life Day of Silent Solidarity I have been asked a lot of questions regarding “situational abortion”. What if the girl was raped? What if she was poor and the baby was going to have a hard life? The problem with these questions is that they are looking at situations rather than the core of the issue, personhood. These are arguments for the procedure of abortion that ignore the personhood of the child.

While all of these situations can be heart wrenching and seem logical, they have to be weighed against the core truth of personhood. Every single child from the moment of fertilization is a full human person. We cannot take the life of an innocent human person and, therefore, those situations are not valid arguments for the procedure of abortion.

I especially wonder how so many Christians can support these situational arguments. We have the ultimate truth in the Word of God to guide us in questions like these. The Bible clearly states, “thou shalt not commit murder”. There are no exceptions written next to that commandment, no footnotes that claim in highly emotional cases it is ok. It is a command.

We also have scripture that tells us about the life and the begriming of life. I am sure you have all heard the most popular verse for pro-lifers about God forming us in the womb. Have you read Psalm 51:5? Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. From the moment of conception you have sin. What does sin stain? It stains your soul, not your flesh. You have a soul at the moment of conception.

Lets look at Luke chapter 1: 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist and was about 6 months along in her pregnancy. Mary was only a few days pregnant with Jesus when John the Baptist recognized the personhood of Christ and leapt in the womb. It cannot be any clearer when life begins.

When we talk about abortion we must always bring it back to the core issue, personhood. If the child in the womb was not a human person abortion would not matter. The child is, however, a human person and therefore must be afforded all rights as a human person. If we say that in certain circumstances that abortion is ok, then we are saying that there are times when the child is not a human person: that is simply not the case.

11 Comments

  1. L
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Let me get this straight. I have a vagina. At any point in time I can be raped and that’s it, game over. Any plans or aspirations I have for my future are gone. All the time and money I spent on school is totally wasted… just because some stranger rapes me in parking lot? Nothing I can do to prevent it? Man, that’s tough. Better keep the women covered up and indoors.

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Let me get this straight? Every woman who has a baby is no longer capable of doing anything in life? Her education is wasted? She is so weak that she cannot live a fulfilled life and accomplish anything? I better tell my daughters to never have kids because they are just useless after that. – Give me a break, it saddens me that you think so lowly of women.

    • Alyssa
      Posted April 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      As BryanKemper said, a woman with a child (or children) is still capable of accomplishing anything she wants to in life. Aside from that, if a rape victim does not feel that she can raise the child, then adoption is a wonderful answer.

      • Jessi
        Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink

        I am a mother of a 7 year old and a two month old. I am in college to get my criminal justice degree. Please L tell me again how my life is over because I am a mom.

    • LC
      Posted January 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      If you choose an abortion because you were raped, you are just as bad as the person that raped you. Two rongs do not make a right. That little baby has no control over how it comes into the world. Just because your life was ruined by the rape, doesn’t mean that another life needs to be ruined.

  2. E
    Posted June 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m not trying to be rude, I just want to get this straight. If someone is raped and becomes pregnant, she has to live with part of the rapist always there for at least the next 9 months? Even though there was nothing she could do, her life comes to a halt for that time period? Is this because the child’s life is more important then the woman’s comfort? I’m concerned that there are mental health issues with this. I think that the pregnancy would be a constant reminder of the pain she has to deal with.

    • Posted July 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      E, I understand your point. Rape is a terrible thing and it is a very tragic occurrence. I can understand how a woman might feel that a part of the rapist is living inside of her, however it is indeed LIVING inside of her. The child certainly did not wish to have a rapist for a father either I am sure. It is a misdirection to steer the debate into the framework of the mothers fault for the child inside her. What is living inside of you is not a rapist, it is a human child.

  3. anoynymous
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    To be honest, I feet that it is the woman’s decision if she wants to follow through with abortion or to keep the baby, especially when it’s a case of rape. I know that the child is human, and that he/she should have all the rights of a human. I know it would be cruel to kill someone. The thing is, wouldn’t it be crueler to let it live? Wouldn’t it be unkind to let a child live knowing she has a rapist for a father, to know she was a mistake, and to have doubts about if she is really loved? And then there’s the issue of the mother. What if she’s sixteen? What if she is shunned, pushed away by her friends by something that somebody else did? What if she has mental issues from being raped? How would that affect both her and the child?

    I’m not saying you have to agree with my opinion, but I’d like you to think about, to consider it. Compassion and kindness can be quite complicated.

  4. AO
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Anoynymus
    I’m concerned that our culture has forgotten what it does mean to love. We are loved before we are even created. There should not be any question about a baby not being loved – even one that may have been conceived through rape. It is so easy to fall into negativity. It is so easy to make a selfish decision to put ourself above another. That’s with anything – Naturally its a question of what can we get for our own benefit? To put another first – to love at all costs – is a challenge. That is why everyone should embrace the gift that women have to be mothers. It doesn’t matter the age – all women deserve to be loved. And their children deserve nothing less. Why don’t we have more pregnancy crisis centers? Why don’t we insist that mother’s be educated on the harm that will befall them if they have an abortion. Guess what? If a woman has an abortion – she is not only going to suffer physically and mentally – but so do the friends and family around them. Where is the discussion on that in the media? The abortion of children is a ripple in the pond of cultural destruction. PRAY FOR AN END TO ABORTION.

  5. ptj
    Posted May 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard such nonsense in my life – nurture a blastocyst that has come into being as a result of a rape!!!

    A small group of cells is not a life and abortion at this point is not murder. ( would not support an abortion once the baby is developed enough to potentially survive if born prematurely.)

    Suggesting a woman is doing wrong by aborting an early foetus which was the result of rape or incest is the sort of pure evil that it would take a religious fanatic to dream up.

    Like it or not, the bible is full of vile and hateful passages and you would do well to think from another perspective.

    • Nick
      Posted May 11, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

      Off topic question… who took you to this website?
      Did you just COME here to put these nasty, cruel, and untrue comments?
      Wait… I have a good example for you.
      Did you know that an egg is a cell. A SINGLE CELL.
      If you say that a human is not living INSIDE of a mother and it can’t be prematurely born, then you’re saying an egg coming out of a hen is not living either.
      Get. Your. Facts. Straight.
      I’ll pray for you.

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