Friday, August 24, 2012

An exception for rape and incest?

Anyone who has ever gotten into a conversation or debate about the legality of abortion has been confronted with the above question.  It's a common come-back line from those who support the ongoing legalization of abortion.

But what about those who were conceived after rape or incest?  And what about the women who were victims of the crime?

There's more to the story than first meets the eye.  A recent commentary by Timothy Carney in the Washington Examiner looked at the issue quite insightfully.  I'd have to echo the sentiments, after having talked to people in similar situations as well.  

The article?


Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin thinks that, as a scientific matter, Jenni Maas shouldn't exist. Mitt Romney thinks that, as a legal matter, Jenni didn't have the same right to exist as the rest of us do. Many others seem to think her mother should be ashamed that Jenni exists at all.
Jenni was conceived when her mother was raped by a boyfriend as a teenager. She is a human reminder of an uncomfortable truth denied and minimized by people on all sides of the abortion issue: Rape can result in pregnancy, which means it can create innocent babies.
"A lot of people like to sweep it under the carpet," Jenni told me Wednesday. But, if commonly cited statistics are correct, hundreds of thousands of Americans walking around today were conceived in an act of rape. Jenni, and legions like her, raise a tough question for pro-lifers who don't want to talk about rape cases. Her smiling face and growing family -- she has three kids of her own -- is also damning to pro-choice people who argue that abortion is a necessity for a woman impregnated by rape.


Well, that was just a sneak peak.  To read it all, click here.

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