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.
Here is a very important part of the issue concerning rape and abortion that is almost always overlooked:
1. Life begins at fertilization. That is scientific, biological fact. God is not needed to discern that. Whether or not God exists has no bearing on this fact. (Proof of this given below)
2. No human individual bears the guilt of the crimes committed by their parents. If a man’s father committed murder, he is not prosecuted for his father’s crime. Thus a child conceived in rape is not guilty of rapist’s crimes. The child is innocent.
3. Abortion kills a human being living in the womb (Proof of this given below).
Conclusion: Thus to abort a child conceived in rape is to kill an innocent human being, which is murder.
Since when do we kill people for the crimes of their father? Since when do will kill innocent human beings and claim that it is ok?
Proof that Life begins at Fertilization & Abortion is Murder:
Point One: Murder is defined as the killing of a unique human life(s) that is innocent.
Point Two: Humans have human DNA. Nothing other than humans has human DNA.
Point Three: Individual humans have DNA unique to themselves, separately identifiable from all other humans.
Point Four: All living organisms metabolize, i.e., they consume nutrients and produce waste. Non-living organisms do not metabolize, i.e., inanimate objects.
Point Five: In human reproduction, after the point of fertilization (when the sperm enters the ovum), a unique human DNA is formed. It is unmistakably human, and it is identifiable as unique and different from any other human. Thus we can affirm that after fertilization, we have a unique human being.
Point Six: After the point of fertilization, the one-celled entity with unique human DNA begins to metabolize, an unmistakable proof of life. Thus we can affirm that after fertilization, we have a unique human being that is alive.
Point Seven: The unique living human entity that formed after fertilization has no control over its environment, did not choose its environment, did not choose to be conceived. It is purely a consequence of the circumstances that it was placed in. Thus having no say and no voice, all it can do is survive in its circumstances. Thus it is completely innocent.
Point Eight: Abortion kills, i.e., it permanently ends the metabolic process of a unique human entity, thus that unique human entity’s life ends. It ended not by natural processes, but by the deliberate actions of another to end its life, thus the definition, “It was killed.”
Conclusion: We know that abortion kills the life of a unique and innocent human entity which by definition is murder.