By Tom Quiner
Here is our cultural belief: a woman who becomes impregnated due to rape should abort.
Any compassionate human being understands the emotional logic to this premise.
When the same compassionate human being thinks through the consequence of this action, she realizes it kills an innocent human being. The questions becomes, then, is more violence the solution to an act of violence? Should the baby have to pay the price for “the sins of the father,” so to speak.
These are tough, painful issues.
The Des Moines Register ran an excellent letter a couple of days ago by Mary Purtle. She addresses the issue with intelligence and compassion:
Regarding the Register editorial, “’No Exceptions’ Would be Unacceptable” (Aug 23): Rape and incest victims have complained they are rarely allowed to express their feelings in the public arena about abortion. It is assumed that abortion is what the victim wants, and especially in cases of incest, young girls are coerced into abortion, to cover the perpetrator’s tracks.
In 1978, Kristi Hofferber was the sixth child in her family conceived through incest. Five other brothers and sisters were aborted. Did abortion help her mother? Kristi is grateful for her life, despite its beginnings and states she is “not defined by DNA. … As my story reveals, God can take something bad and make it an opportunity to do something miraculous.”
Rebecca Kiessling was born as the result of a rape. Now a Michigan pro-life attorney, she seeks to inform the public on the value of life, regardless of how it was conceived. She states: “The Supreme Court has said that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment for rapists and that rapists don’t deserve the death penalty. I don’t think the innocent child conceived in rape deserves the death penalty for the crimes of her father. It seems to me that is cruel and unusual punishment.”
Kiessling also says, “Only 15 to 25 percent of rape victims choose abortion, depending on the study. The majority of rape victims choose to raise her child — not ‘the rapist’s baby’ — her child.”
Democrats want to make abortion all about rape and incest.
Because they believe in abortion. As their new party platform reveals, they want taxpayers to pay for them if necessary. Their “concerns” about rape and incest, which represent a small fraction of abortions, about a percent, is a smokescreen to simply change the subject.
In 99% of abortions, an innocent human being dies in the womb.
In the one percent of abortions due to rape and incest, an innocent human being still dies in the womb.
The rapist’s child wants to live. Just ask Rebecca Kiessling.