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What about abortion in the case of rape or incest?

This is without a doubt one of the most difficult cases. Abortion is often put forward, even taken for granted, as a “solution” for rape. The fact that it involves taking an innocent unborn child’s life and exposes the woman to possible psychological harm is frequently ignored.

Rape is an unimaginable and horrendous crime – however we do not suggest ending a life to rectify any other crime. Why do so in the case of rape? It is not just the rapist’s baby.  The child doesn’t deserve to have his/her life ended for the crimes of its father.

We also know that abortion can be used by rapists and paedophiles to cover up and conceal sexual abuse. If the girls they abuse become pregnant they are able to hide the rape/incest and continue the abuse by taking the girl to have abortion.

There are increasing numbers of women joining the pro-life movement offering contrasting testimonies to those of the pro-abortion lobby.  Some represent women hurt by abortion (see www.womenhurt.ie) and others include people like American woman Pam Stenzel who was herself conceived as a result of rape but cherishes the gift of life and believes she has the same right to be alive as anybody else. The circumstances of our conception do not impact our dignity, value or worth. Everyone deserves the right to life, regardless of how they were conceived.