Hard questions

Kids say the darnedest things, and so do politicians. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) is running for the U.S. Senate, and here’s what he stepped in:

Akin, the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, said that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely become pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Forgetting the foolishness of even uttering the phrase “legitimate rape,” there is the difficult issue of killing the fetus that is the product of rape or incest.

Politicians, wishing to appear “sensible” or “moderate” pro-lifers, routinely speak of allowing abortion in cases of rape or incest.

The problem for those of us who are pro-life, who believe that we become human persons at the moment of conception, is this: In what way is the unborn child guilty of anything, just because he or she was conceived by rape or incest?

This is a hard question; I don’t have any easy answers. But we can never get to the answer if we don’t ask the right questions.


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