Q&A Friday #92: Rape And Abortion

Question: Could you explain to me why conservatives who believe abortion is murder make an exception for rape? I recognize the trauma of raising a baby that was produced through rape but that doesn’t justify murdering a child.

Thank you.” — McCain-Obama08

Answer: I don’t want to speak for all conservatives on rape and abortion, but my ideal would be having abortion legal only in cases where the life of the mother is in danger. That’s because I believe every child, even a child conceived via rape or incest, is a human being and it would be infanticide to abort him.

However, getting pregnant via rape or incest is an absolutely horrific, gut wrenching thing for a woman and as a practical matter, I understand that we’re just not ever going to get to a point where 50 +1% of the population of a state is going to be okay with abortion being illegal under those circumstances.

So, as a practical compromise, I favor making abortion illegal except in the case of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. Some people might believe that pro-lifers shouldn’t go beyond danger to the life of the mother as an exception, but I don’t think we can afford to make perfect the enemy of the good when the lives of nearly 50 million children have been snuffed out via abortion since 1973.

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