Rape is one of the most disgusting acts of violence that exists in the world
today. It is a violation of a women's body, and all that she stands for.
Even if her attacker is punished to the full extent of the law, as he should
be, her road to recovery will be tough.
That being said, I do not believe the right way to heal an act of violence
is with more violence. After a women is raped, she needs love and care, and
to know that other people are going to be there for her, not abortion.
Having an abortion in the case that the women does become pregnant is NOT
going to improve the emotional trauma of the situation. Abortion does not
un-rape a girl, it puts a band-aid over the real problem at hand. The
abortion will just add more violence on top of that for which she endured.
We should be able to love the possible child and the rape victim of the
We can not and must not ignore the pain and minimize the trauma the women
raped experienced and its long term effects on her. Some words that I heard
from the amazing Josh Brahm recently explained it perfectly: " Women who are
raped need the utmost care and support, whether or not they are pregnant." I
think this is a big point that people are missing. As a society, we need to
be doing a better job of providing these women with counseling, healing and
compassion, whether or not they are pregnant.
resorts to abortion. Evidence shows that abortion in such cases compounds
the unspeakable pain that victims experience.
I am not saying that carrying through with the pregnancy for nine months
will be easy. Heck, from what any pregnant woman has told me is that it is
not necessarily a walk in the park, but it is all worth it once you see and
get to hold the little miracle that was inside your belly for the nine
What some people fail to understand about the argument against the rape
exception for abortion is that we do not just want to stop helping once the
baby is born. We want to and should be providing further love, compassion,
care and counseling post-birth, whether or not the women decides to keep her
baby or give it up for adoption.
It is our job as people apart of this world to protect each other from harm;
to protect each other from things that will cause us emotional trauma. This
includes protecting our fellow sisters of the world from abortion, and the
emotional trauma she will have from being raped.
Our society needs to do a better job of providing resources of healing for
women that are raped. Period. We need those women to know that they are not
alone, and that we are all in this together.