Desk of Carol Soelberg
While this season of year
typically celebrates the life of a new born in Bethlehem, we cannot ignore the
ongoing threat to new life today in the form of abortion. In this week's
alert, our Life Issues expert, Melissa Anderson, makes a comparison for us that
certainly sheds new light on an old argument.
While the incredibly
difficult circumstances that surround rape and incest merit our full attention
and compassion, it must never be forgotten that abortion is not the answer and
there is "room at the inn" for
Rape, Incest and Faulty Logic
Rape. Incest. Life of mother.
It's always surprising to me how often these three cases are used to support a
system of elective abortion on demand. You've heard it all too often. "Oh
yeah, what about rape?" Yet these cases account for less than one
percent of all abortions performed on an annual basis. Faulty logic is
always hard to spot unless you apply the same logic to a different issue,
removed from the argument at hand.
Let's look at Capital
No one wants to take human
life. In the criminal justice system, capital punishment is reserved for
only the most serious offenses. Even in the most serious cases there is
still heated controversy over whether the state should have the power to
execute a human being. And yet the majority of Americans agree that the ability
to execute and individual should be available in egregious circumstances.
When a child is raped and murdered, when a violent felony takes an innocent
life, when a police officer is killed, these are all circumstances in which the
majority of Americans would agree that capital punishment is an option.
It's certainly not the only option by any means, but an option.
In order to hold execution open
for only the most egregious of offences, we have created a system of balances,
carefully weighing the severity of the crime, the risk to society and the cold
heartlessness of the surrounding circumstances. Then, and only then, do we
allow an execution. We do not allow for the execution of an individual
convicted of tax evasion in order to leave the punishment open for a serial
killer. We do not execute for a stolen bottle of orange juice, for jay
walking, for speeding. We employ capital punishment only in severe
situations. Only as option and only when placed in a situation where
there are victims on every hand.
Now we'll apply that to
Touting the need for an abortion
alternative when rape, incest or danger to mother's life are at issue, abortion
proponents have long held that elective abortion on demand is the only option
available. Such is not the case. Elective abortion on demand
neither protects the life of a mother nor the interest of victims of rape or
incest. We're so focused on allowing abortion that we fail to see the problem
with arguing for termination of a rape victim's preborn infant instead of
focusing our attention on eradicating rape and incest.
If capital punishment were
permitted in the same way abortions are permitted, society would allow for the
execution of a bad check writer simply to ensure that the process of execution
was left open should the need to execute Jack the Ripper arise. But such
is not the case. It's not the case because as a society we understand
that the option to take a life should be only exercised in the most pressing,
damnable, heinous of situations.
The same argument which calls
for abortion to be a legal alternative in the egregious cases of rape, incest
and mother's life also invariably calls for restricted access to only such
cases, as is already done in the arena of capital punishment. Lest we
execute for stolen orange juice.
Capital Punishment is not, is
never, permitted in all cases simply because it is a recognized option in less
than one percent of cases. The same should hold true for abortion.
Abortion should not be permitted in all cases, on demand, simply because there
may be an issue of rape, incest or danger to the mother's life in less than one
percent of cases which arise.
And yet we live in a
culture, in a society, where convenience is the only commodity and lives are
sacrificed to its purchase.
If you read these posts and
agree with the arguments presented, help us fight. Help us ensure that a
capital punishment affixed before birth is not the fate of our children.
Donate time. Donate a conversation with a neighbor. Donate an instant in
the workplace when instead of quietly walking away you stand for what you
believe and calmly explain your position.
Raise the banner on
behalf of all children.
Anderson is a lawyer in Sierra Vista. Arizona. She is the mother of seven
crazily adorable children and an author of children's books. In her spare time,
Melissa volunteers extensively with Court Appointed Special Advocates educating
the community on issues related to child abuse and neglect.
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