If you’ve ever been in a debate over abortion, you know where the land-mine questions are buried.
The first one is, “You have no right to tell me what I can do with my own body.” The most accurate and simplest answer is,
Of course, I don’t have any right to tell you what you can do with your own body. If you want to cut off an arm, tattoo 666 on your forehead, paint your skin green, go at it. I might try to persuade you not to do these things, but in the final analysis, the choice is yours. It’s your body. If people see you cutting off pieces of your body, they might begin to question your sanity. But it’s not a crime to be insane.
The above response doesn’t complete the argument. An unborn baby is not part of a woman’s body. He or she is a separate biological entity with different DNA encased in an amniotic sac that serves as a temporary “sanctuary city.” At no time is the unborn baby touching any part of his/her mother. In some cases, a baby’s blood is a different type from the mother’s. An unborn baby is not like a diseased appendix or lung. What is conceived and born is another human being.
Then there’s the “I’m personally opposed argument.” I always ask, “Why are you personally opposed to abortion? What is it about abortion that you think is wrong that you would be personally opposed?” It’s at this point the stuttering begins. “What would you say to someone who said that he was personally opposed to slavery but continued to uphold the right of people to enslave other people?” In a Newsweek cover story on abortion, Kurt Eichenwald wrote, “I am opposed to abortion. I believe women have the right to choose. This is not a contradiction.” Yes, it is.
Now we come to the hard or challenging cases. People opposed to abortion are always asked what they believe if a woman gets pregnant as the result of rape. Shouldn’t rape be an exception? Former Pres. Jimmy Carter says Jesus would support abortion for rape:
Mr. Carter said that abortion has always been a struggle for him, because he does not believe Jesus would be in favor of most abortions.
“I have had a problem with abortion. This has been a long-time problem of mine,” he said.
“I have a hard time believing that Jesus would approve abortions unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger. So I’ve had that struggle,” he said. (Breitbart)
The rape issue was in the news some years ago when Todd Akin, who was running for the Senate in Missouri, was asked about abortion and rape. He stumbled with his answer.
Let’s be clear. As the late Dr. John Wilkie wrote, “There is probably no greater emotional trauma that can be experienced by a woman than an assault rape.” Rape is horrible. It’s not about sex; it’s about power, domination, installation of fear, and violence. It’s meant to demean and control a woman.
In war, rape is often used “as a means of psychological warfare in order to humiliate the enemy.” As George W. Bush’s former aide Karen Hughes told Politico, “If another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue.”
Here’s how I would answer the “rape as an exception” question:
How many women who are raped get pregnant? Let’s say it’s 1000 per year.1 In order to protect rape as an exception, pro-abortionists want a law that permits any woman to kill her unborn baby for any reason, a procedure that takes place more than one million times in the United States. This hardly seems right.
The rapist is the criminal, so why is the unborn baby punished? Further, why should a million unborn babies be sacrificed to make killing unborn babies available for women who get pregnant because of rape?
I then ask a pro-abortionist this question:
Would you be willing to outlaw abortion if there was an exception clause for rape?
A die-hard abortionist would say no because abortion is a liberal sacrament. They thank their version of god for legalized abortion. “Netflix aired a ‘Salute to Abortion,’ hosted by ‘comedian’ Michelle Wolf, who closed the segment with a star-spangled, flag-waving, drum corps declaration: ‘God bless abortion!’” (CNS News) The actual celebration of killing unborn babies! This shows that the rape exception is a smokescreen…