By AudreyGail Grace - ProLife Youth Blogger
There are several ways the law could treat these situations: allow the woman to abort the baby because the pregnancy was unexpected and the family may be unable to care for the child, or legally compel the woman to continue with her pregnancy.
The first option is convenient for the mother. Abortion relieves her of obstacles related to pregnancy and the financial burden of raising a child. It offers a timely solution to what she may consider a burden.
But practicality does not equal morality. Presently, science supports the pro-life position that life begins at conception. If babies become alive at conception, abortion is inherently wrong. It’s out of the question because the baby is alive regardless of the circumstances under which it was conceived. It’s out of the mother’s control because the baby’s rights should be protected. Even though rape occurred, killing the resulting child only perpetuates injustice.
When rape victims become pregnant and aren’t prepared to care for their child, they should be shown the option of adoption. This would be much easier if federal dollars went to adoption and child care support instead of abortion. If the mother doesn't want to raise the child, this is undoubtedly the highest moral outcome of a grievous situation. We should firmly uphold our pro-life principles even in difficult cases, reassured that we do so not out of malice toward women, but out of love toward the unborn and, ultimately, every human.