I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. A friend of mine was raped a few months back (shes 25), and this act of brutality resulted in a pregnancy. She chose, without coercion, to get an abortion, and although I know that it is generally considered acceptable to abort when the conception was a result of a rape, I was left feeling very sad for this girl and for her child that never will be.
Why is rape considered an acceptable reason to get an abortion? I am pro-life because I care about babies- I believe in giving life and not taking it. I also believe that we , as women, have a sacred duty towards our children, born and unborn, and that procuring an abortion in ANY circumstances except life or death for the mother is the saddest of sins.
Babies conceived with violence are just as deserving, just as special, and just as sacred as any other child on this earth. It seems that our beliefs regarding abortion are more geared towards punishing of the woman who had sex outside of marriage.
“You made your bed- now lie in it. You chose to have sex and now it is your responsibility to carry this baby you CHOSE to conceive.”
But what makes a baby conceived of rape any less worthy, any less deserving of life?
Why does the church condone (or at least…accept) the abortion of a child conceived by rape? I will submit to the idea of abortion when the woman’s life is in danger- because you cannot weigh the value of one life against another, but I’m a little bit confused as to why we as Catholics condone the termination of a life because it was conceived with violence.
Since when did abortion become an issue of punishment for sexual behavior?
*In my mind, allowing a woman to have an abortion because she has been raped gives me the impression that the church is telling women that a baby is a “punishment” for having premarital sex, and that if you did not willingly engage in sex then you do not deserve the “penalty”.
Someone please enlighten me or correct me or educate me! I’m struggling to understand. :shrug: