So the big news out of Indiana last night is that United States Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said the following during a debate, “”I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said.
His opponents are twisting his words to mean the following: God wants some women to be raped. That is NOT what he said. He further clarified his remarks by saying that he did not believe God intended the rape, but that God is the only one who can create life: “Are you trying to suggest somehow that God preordained rape, no I don’t think that,” Mourdock said. “Anyone who would suggest that is just sick and twisted. No, that’s not even close to what I said.”
So to recap, Mourdock is a pro-life Republican, and he stated his belief that babies conceived through the “horrible situation” of rape should not be murdered because of their father’s crimes. Sounds pretty reasonable to me.
I keep hearing pro-life candidates and other people say that abortion should be “illegal except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger.” I wonder what makes people draw the line there. They believe that abortion is murder, but it’s only murder if the woman conceived the baby with someone she likes (or liked at the time). According to them, abortion isn’t murder if the father is a rapist, too closely related to the mother, or if the mother’s life might be in danger. I realize that the whole “life of the mother” situations are tough situations to be in, but who are we to play God? This is like saying (on a much smaller scale) that my wife will starve if I don’t steal from the bank, so my theft should be justified because my wife’s need for food is more important than those people at the bank. Situational Ethics never works. If abortion is murder when the mother “just isn’t ready to be a mother” then it’s murder when the father is a rapist. That is all Richard Mourdock was saying. And yes, he has my vote.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say abortion is ALWAYS murder, no matter who the father is or the effect on the mother. But I’m not alone out here on my limb. God, the Creator of all life is with me.