No, I do not. Not one bit. Please hear me out, and allow me to explain why:
First, let’s look at some statistics. Since Roe v Wade, approximately 50,000,000 babies have been aborted. Many of you may not realize this, but that accounts to approximately one-fourth of our entire generation. Think about that. Make a list of all of your friends. And then randomly just erase 1/4 of them. They do not exist. That is what abortion has done to this country.
Second, only 0.33% of all abortions in America are for reasons of rape/incest. How do we account for the other 99.67%?
Third, how morally corrupt are we in this country, to punish the innocent? Allow me to give you an example. Let’s assume that a crazy rapist is rampant and violently rapes a woman. This woman already has a 10-year old daughter. Then, our court system goes on to condemn this woman’s innocent 10-year old daughter to death. She is also killed. The rapist who caused the entire incident, is only given a few years in prison. That is what abortion is in America. We give the death penalty to those who have no defense, who did nothing wrong. We punish the sinless, and allow the sinner to go free after a few years. Now, why on earth would someone ever think that it is alright to punish someone else, for something they didn’t do, without even getting a chance to present their case before a court?
Fourth, that child has no idea who its father is. It also has no control over the situation. Again, why are you punishing the child, for the sins of its father?
Fifth, if you are not pro-life and asking this question, you have just invalidated your entire viewpoint in your post. When discussing abortion with someone who is ‘pro-choice,’ the pro-choice advocated are always very careful not to ever use the words ‘baby’ or ‘child.’ Instead, they use words like ‘fetus,’ ‘zygote,’ and ‘glob of cells and tissue.’ But in your question, you said, “…carry her rapists CHILD?” That was your biggest mistake. (That is, if you are pro-choice and asking this question. If you are pro-life, then completely disregard what I just wrote). Because saying this word, shows that you know it is in fact a baby, and not a fetus. And we all know that murdering a baby is morally corrupt.
Sixth, Let’s take a look at another example, since you want to talk about the personal experience aspect of it. Let’s imagine that some maniac came and murdered all of my loved ones. I would be devastated, and I would be the one going through the pain and suffering. Then, I go, and instead of murdering the one who murdered my loved ones, or even doing nothing and letting the law do its thing, I go and murder someone else. When the law comes after me, I instead say, “It’s my RIGHT to do this! You don’t know the emotions I was going through! You can’t tell me what’s right and wrong! This didn’t happen to you, it happened to me! You have no idea what I’m experiencing and the turmoil I’m going through! You’re infringing on my personal rights!”
But does this change the fact that I now just took an innocent life? Because of something horrible that happened to me? Does this make me feel any better? Have I exacted vengeance? I mean, I had the mindset of “a horrible wrong was done to me! Now I’m going to commit a horrible wrong against someone else!” But does that make it right? Am I justified in what I did?
I don’t need to have a vagina, be raped, and then impregnated to know what I would do in this situation, and what’s right and what’s wrong. Two wrongs do not make a right.
Also, my girlfriend completely agrees with me. If she were impregnated by a rapist, she as well would not abort the child, under any circumstances.
Seventh, why does no one talk about adoption!?!?!?
For real! You say that you are financially unable to support the child, and that it would destroy your life. Okay. Then don’t keep it. But don’t kill it either. Give it up to someone who WANTS to love it. Believe me, there are plenty people out there. Let’s talk some more statistics.
Every year, more than 1,000,000 abortions are performed. And every year, there are more than 600,000 couples seeking adoption. Annually, only about 40,000 children actually end up being adopted. Here are the sources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Sources: U.S. Department of Health And Human Services CDC. 2002. Adoption Experiences of Women and Men and Demand for Children to Adopt by Women 18–44 Years of Age in the United States, 2002. Vital And Health Statistics 23. No. 27. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_027.pdf
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. 2008. The AFCARS Report: Preliminary FY 2006 Estimates as of January 2008. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/tar/report14.htm
Eighth, let’s look at the ‘It’s my body!’ argument. The simple fact is, it is not your body. If you have an abortion, and remove that child, you are still you. That baby has its own genetic code, and you have your own. You do not lose any of your own personal DNA when that baby is killed. You are still entirely you. You and your child are two completely independent beings.
Ninth, let’s go one step further and talk about the argument for abortion when there might be something ‘wrong’ with the child, or when the mother’s life might be in danger. To begin, let us look at a real life example:
“In a recent email, I read about a woman named Pam, who knows the pain of considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant.
Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors didn’t think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.
While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband: If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make him a preacher.
Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987.
Pam’s youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines. He also plays football. Pam’s son is Tim Tebow.
The University of Florida’s star quarterback became the first sophomore in history to win college football’s highest award, the Heisman Trophy. His current role as quarterback of the Denver Broncos has provided an incredible platform for Christian witness. As a result, he is being called The Mile-High Messiah.
Tim’s notoriety and the family’s inspiring story have given Pam numerous opportunities to speak on behalf of women’s centers across the country. Pam Tebow believes that every little baby you save matters. I pray her tribe will increase!”
Not enough? Let’s take a look at another. In this example, we look to world-famous singer Andrea Boccelli. Let’s hear what he has to say:
Still not enough? Let’s take a look at another example. This is an INCREDIBLE woman, and I had the very high privilege of actually meeting her and hearing her speak when I was in high school. She was burned alive in the woman, in a late-term abortion, but by the grace of God, survived. Notice how full of joy she is, and also take notice that she is thankful for ‘the GIFT of cerebral palsy.” It’s incredible. Take a look:
So how many Tim Tebows, Andrea Boccellis, and Gianna Jesson’s are we losing? We wonder why things are so messed up in our world, why there is so much destruction and disease. Why haven’t we cured cancer yet? Maybe because the one who would have discovered the cure was aborted…food for thought.
Tenth, take notice of the fact that I made all of these pro-life arguments, without even touching the basis of religion or ‘shoving my religion onto others’ as pro-abortion activists claim. But now, allow me to take the time to elaborate a bit on the faith side of the issue. The other night, I read a post by someone who claimed to be a Christian, claimed that President Obama was a good Christian president that is very obviously a Christian based on his public actions, that abortion is not outlawed in the Bible, and that President Obama is not pro-abortion. My response to reading his post was:
“You are very wrong if you think Obama is not a fan of abortion. I’m guessing you are not familiar with the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. Where it was discovered that there were babies being aborted, who survived the abortion, were delivered from the womb, and then were killed anyway after the delivery. Obama prevented this act from being stopped in Illinois while he was in the state senate, and even spoke out against it. All of the senate voting records, transcripts, etc can be found here:
And as far as the Christian thing…I just don’t personally see it. How can someone who attended a church for 20 years that taught Black Liberation Theology, be truly labeled a Christian? Anyone can call themselves a Christian, but one must actually LIVE it to truly be a Christ-following, Bible-believing Christian.
He then claimed that I was misinterpreting the Bible and that as a Christian I should not judge him. His response was:
“I must have missed the Sunday where they talked about how Jesus unequivocally opposed abortion (a not uncommon practice at the time) and said that opposition to it determined whether or not you were a Christian (as opposed to a rather explicit reference to accepting Christ as one’s savior). I also must have missed the part where the pastor said it was okay to judge others and that it wasn’t sinfully arrogant to presume to know exactly what God thinks or cannot do. Perhaps it’s time to take the plank out of your own eye. You’re clearly not a Christian because you disagree with me. Wow, that was fun. You know what, you’re totally going to hell for being a terrible person and the Bible agrees with me so you’re wrong. Making absurd statements is so much fun!”
I then kindly showed him that there is a very big difference between judging, and preaching the truth about the Word, as Christians are commanded to do. I responded with:
Yes, I do believe you did miss many sermons.
A Christian does know that God values life, and that God creates life; that he has formed us in the womb, creating our life, before we were even born.
Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV)
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.1
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
The Bible unequivocally is against murder, which is what abortion is, as God clearly states that this is an actual life, with an actual soul. You also mention the practice of abortion at the time period. When in fact, when ‘abortions’ occurred during this time period, the one who killed the baby was given the death penalty, as it was indeed murder.
22 “When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 But if there is harm,4 then you shall pay life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
Also, no it is not okay to judge others, but the Bible DOES instruct us to preach the truth in love:
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
I am not judging, but there is a big difference between judging and instructing others with God’s truth. Christians are commanded to instruct the mistaken believer and direct his path.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
2 Timothy 2:23-26
23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
1 Peter 3:14-18
14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
If you believe that the Bible is okay with abortion, you do fall into this next category, where the Bible describes people who suit their own desires and only hear what their ears are itching to hear:
2 Timothy 4:2-5
2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.
So as I said before, I am not judging you. I am simply striving to preach the truth in love and correct the wayward path of fellow believers, as God actually does instruct us to do. And to reiterate my previous post, anyone can call themselves a Christian. But one who does not actually LIVE it, is still lost.
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
I pray you do not take offense to anything I am saying to you, as I am not trying to offend, just speak the truth in love as God instructs us to do. If you ever have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask at any time! God bless!
Now, last but not least. I know that this post is getting rather long, but as you can tell, this is a very, very passionate issue for me, and it is something that I care unbelievably deeply about. We have a genocide going on right now in our own country. Infanticide to be exact.
If you are pro-abortion/pro-choice, and if any of the arguments I listed above (and there are many, many more) have still not convinced you to switch your postion, then I have a dare for you. Watch this film. Go ahead. Be ‘open-minded’ as you often say Christians should be more open-minded. Watch it. Do it. I dare you. I dare you to watch this film, and not be changed by it.
God bless you all!