Let me break it down for you:
Many abortion supporters say that Abortion should be allowed to save the life of the mother.
Well, there is no medical evidence to substantiate the claim that abortion is a recognized treatment for saving a mother’s life. In a Sept. 2005 Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) report on why U.S. women have abortion, life of the mother was not even listed as a category.* It must be remembered that it would be a disease or condition that would cause a life-threatening situation, not the baby.
In some acute medical emergencies, such as a tubal (ectopic) pregnancy or a cancerous uterus, a treatment may be required that indirectly kills the unborn child. In such cases the intent is to save the mother, not kill the baby and no direct attack is made against the baby’s life.
We must recognize that there are two patients involved – the mother and the child. Every possible effort must be made to save them both. Many times, a pregnancy can be brought to the point where the baby can survive outside the womb.
Now what about in cases of rape or incest?
Well, less than 2% of all abortions are due to rape or incest.* Is a baby conceived in wedlock more human than a baby conceived out of wedlock? Is a baby conceived in rape or incest less human than any other baby conceived? Of course not.
Rape and incest are heinous crimes. The woman is totally innocent, but so it the baby conceived through rape. Killing the unborn baby would amount to punishing them for the crime of their father. Are we permitted to kill a newborn child because their father happens to be a rapist? In the case of incest, abortion just covers up the sexual abuse and allows the incestuous relationship to continue, whereas continuing the pregnancy exposes the abuse. Abortion is not the compassionate solution.
Abortion can compound the trauma of rape and incest. In a study of 190 women who became pregnant through sexual assault, most reported that the abortion only increased their experience of grief and trauma. In contrast, none of the women who carried to term said they wished they had not given birth or that they had chosen abortion instead. Many of these women said that the their children had brought peace and healing to their lives.**
If you’re interested, Life Teen has a lot of posts on abortion [here]. Other awesome Pro-Life speakers/organizations include: Students for Life, Priests for Life, Abolish Abortion, Abby Johnson, and Lila Rose.
Hope this helps!
* Finer, L.B., et al., Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Alan Guttmacher Institute, September 2005.
** Reardon, David C, et al., Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Conceived in Sexual Assault, Acorn Books, June 2000.
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