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Pro-Life—Except in the Case of Rape or Incest?

There are those who are Pro-Choice. They often say: “The fetus is my body. Therefore, to kill it is my choice.” The Pro-Lifers often respond to this, saying: “The fetus is not your body, but that of your child. Therefore to kill it is murder.” If you are unable to guess with which I side, look at the name of my blog — “The Catholic of Honor”. Honor implies some degree of orthodoxy. If you are still unable to tell, look at this link. If you are still unable to guess, I will not tell you. In the meanwhile, though there is much to say between these groups of which I may in another post, I will not get into that here. Instead, I will write of those who say this: “I am Pro-Life, but abortion is okay if the child is a product of rape or incest.”

Rape is indeed a grave evil and an offense against marital relations, which are sacred. However, there are three people involved in it, the mother, the father, and the child. Generally, the guilty one is the father, and if it is the mother, it is her own fault that she became pregnant. The most innocent one of all is always the child. It is not his or her fault that he or she was made in horrific and perverted way. Why kill the most innocent human being in the affair? This would be like arresting someone for being mugged. If one of them is to be killed at all, it ought to be the father. I am sorry if any woman must bear a child which she in no way planned to have nor willingly indulged in actions for that to come about, but murder is not a way to escape it. And make no mistake—a fetus is an infant who is not yet born. What is abortion but murder? And not only murder but infanticide and filicide at the same time.

As for incest, perhaps one might blame the two parents on a level closer to equal. Perhaps one parent is more to blame, in which case, my argument for rape still applies. But again, although incest is bad, it is not the child’s fault. Therefore it is still wrong to kill him or her. Some say there is a danger of birth defects, although I do not believe there is much if the family does not already have a history of incest. Still, even if the baby does have birth defects, does that make it okay to kill him?

So, if abortion is wrong, it is wrong at all times, regardless of how the child came to be, whether he or she came the most horrific of roots or not.

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I am the Catholic of Honor—and by the way I am Pro-Life

By The Chivalric Catholic

Hello, I am the Chivalric Catholic or the Catholic of Honor. I conform all my beliefs to the Magisterium founded by Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. The short explanation of who I am is a teenager with nostalgia for the Middle Ages. I have a love for apologetics, honor, and literature (especially adventures). I believe it is important and honorable to respect my opponents in this. If anything I write is contrary to the Faith (after all, I have no degrees) please write to me and inform me.

4 replies on “Pro-Life—Except in the Case of Rape or Incest?”

A Buddhist once told me that the fetus doesn’t become a human being until all its mental faculties have developed after being 3 months in the womb. So, I asked him, how long he was in his mother’s womb? He replied, “Nine months, of course.” I then asked him if he wasn’t human for the first three months. He was silent. All he could diffidently say was that he was an embryo becoming human for the first three months. I interjected by reminding him that I had asked him how long he was in the womb, not he and the embryo and that he had said nine months – not 6 months. Buddhists believe that the Western philosophical concept of substance and essence is formed by an illusion, and all that really exists is just the accidents. They reject the idea of an underlying ontological continuum in all created things. For them, an adult pig doesn’t identify with the piglet or an oak tree with the acorn. There’s no synergy between matter and form for these folks. Still, if a Buddhist shows you a picture of theirs when they were a baby in a carriage and you ask them who it is, they’ll answer it was them not “a baby.” There’s no circuiting around Aristotle’s metaphysics because it isn’t an illusion. Once I passed by a playground while walking along the street and noticed a little girl on a swing. I thought to myself if her mother had an abortion around ten years ago, that swing would be unoccupied by that little girl, not a fetus. The continuum of essence underlying organic life is no illusion. It’s something we experience first hand as rational beings and can’t avoid asserting it verbally and vocally.

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I don’t doubt it. I sometimes feel like most pro-choice people are a little inconsistent, since they usually talk about having existed in their mothers’ wombs, unless it comes to abortion. In modern media, people often talk like the fetus is a person, but they can’t talk about it when abortion is involved. It is a strange thought that anyone born after abortion was legalized might not have been here and also that people whom we’ll never know would have been in our lives if abortion were illegal.

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Yes, there is a double-standard. Nancy Pelosi often bashed China’s former one-child policy because the CCP forced women to have abortions after their first child was born. But I think it’s much worse for women to want to have an abortion and legally procure one because of a woman’s civil rights with absolutely no regard to the natural right of the fetus to life, liberty, and happiness.

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