By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias ends her week-long series on the five categories of justifications advocates employ to defend abortion. If you’ve missed any episode, or if you want to download them to share with others, you can find the entire week online at www.prolifeperspective.com.
Mrs. Tobias concludes with what the pro-life response should be “in the most difficult circumstances”: cases involving rape, incest and the presence of severe fetal abnormality. She begins,
“While we do not deny that these difficult cases arouse powerful emotional responses, there are answers, the kind that will ease your mind and keep you from backing away when these questions are thrown at you.”
When discussing these difficult cases, it is vital that we remember that abortions for these reasons constitute a tiny percentage of the 1.2 million abortions performed annually in the United States. Their infrequency, Mrs. Tobias tells us, “has never prevented pro-abortion proponents from using these examples when they are trying to block pro-life legislation at the federal or state level.” The reason is “because they carry so much emotional weight with the general public, who don’t know the facts about abortion in the United States.”
The pro-lifer’s job is “to address these fears rationally and factually,” she tells us. “Taken separately, there are solid reasons why abortion should not be resorted to in these cases. Taken collectively, this small minority of cases proves the adage that hard cases make bad law.”
First and foremost, certain realities need to be restated in any response—for example, that the circumstances of the baby’s conception change nothing about the baby herself or abortion’s inherent brutality. “The baby’s development is no different,” Mrs. Tobias explains. “The methods used to end that life remain just as violent.”
Mrs. Tobias goes through each of these difficult cases with empathy and clarity, reminding us that a victim of rape and incest “deserves to be treated with the deepest compassion, enormous support, and special care.” And
“Although research in this area is limited, at least two studies done with women who’ve become pregnant following a rape have clearly shown that women who aborted their children feel twice victimized and angry about the abortion. Women in one study, who carried their babies to term, although frightened at first, felt they had done the more positive thing by giving their children life; they felt they had turned something awful into something good.”
Please take just a few minutes to listen to today’s broadcast. You can listen to it—and any you may have missed this week—at www.prolifeperspective.com.
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