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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Legitimate Rape

A candidate for the U.S. Senate, while trying to explain why he was opposed to abortion even in the case of rape, started spouting nonsense about how a woman does not get pregnant during a legitimate rape. I doubt that it was his intention to look stupid, but he does. He is trying to argue in favor of a good point: a child should not be killed because their father was a rapist. He made that simple point, but cluttered the matter with what can only seem like an accusation against victims of rape, that if they get pregnant, it is proof that they were willingly raped.

Those politicians who say that they are opposed to abortion except in cases of rape and incest are being illogical. Either abortion is always wrong, or there are probably other situations where it is excusable. To hold the logical position requires accepting an unpleasant truth: there are not easy solutions to every problem. A woman who is raped can use emergency contraception to try and prevent a pregnancy, but, if she does become pregnant, there is a new human being with rights who will depend on her completely for the next nine months. This is undoubtedly a stressful, difficult, painful position that anyone would avoid at all costs, but death is not a solution.

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