If we accept the principle that universal human rights are worth embracing, then all human life must be included within this ideal. That's what "universal" means. Human rights begin when human life begins and ends with life's natural conclusion. Anything else is either ignorance or sophistry and bigotry." -- Mark Davis Pickup
Thursday, May 15, 2008
America's urgent moral conundrum about abortion
John McCain’s attack on George Bush abortion position. Go to
Jill Stanek sent me her blog column revealing a surly John McCain attacking George Bush during the Republican nomination process for the 2000 Presidential election. His attack against Bush was for supporting the Republican abortion position. Senator McCain challenged the pro-Life position that would not make exceptions for rape, incest or risk to the mother’s health.
What is revealed was that John McCain is not really pro-Life. Granted that attack on George Bush was eight years ago, but it revealed his soft commitment (if at all) to ending abortion in America.
In my country of Canada, the number of abortions for reasons of rape, incest or risk to the mother’s life or health added together amounts to less than 5% of all abortions. Unless America has much more per-capita incest than Canada, more rapists, or unless America’s women are much unhealthier than their Canadian counterparts, or American doctors competency is much less than their Canadian counterparts -- John McCain illustrated that he would let the rare exceptions govern his approach to abortion as a whole. His rape, incest and risk to the mother’s life were the reddest of herrings, and he should have known that. In America, less than 1% of abortions are for rape and incest. (See http://www.voteyesforlife.com/petition.html)
Abortion is not an answer to rape. It is a strange form of justice that would make a child pay for the crime of its father. Abortion does not take away the violence or violation against the woman: it makes her a party to violence by killing the child. The woman becomes a transgressor too. And in the end, her aggressive action can not relieve the pain of the first act of aggression.
The same is true of incest. Abortion will not take away the evil – it only perpetuates more evil!
As for risk to the mother’s life, I recently had a discussion with an obstetrician-gynecologist and associate professor of obstetrics at a major Canadian university. He said in the rare case of a high risk pregnancy, he would simply take the pregnancy far enough along to give the baby a good chance at survival then stop the pregnancy – saving both mother and baby.
[Incidentally, he also said that he can not think of any medical scenario justifying partial birth abortion.]
No, John McCain and his rape, incest and risk to the mother’s life was a red herring that simply proved he is soft on abortion and not committed to the Republican pro-Life stance.
America faces a conundrum for the next presidential election. The choices will be between a Democrat who is radically pro-abortion or a Republican who’s not really really pro-Life.
Rampant abortion in America has gone on far too long. The blood of more than 40-million preborn children pollutes American soil (and Canadian soil) and cries to God for justice. This can not continue! God is patient but He has his limits. America must stop the wickedness of abortion, overturn Roe v. Wade, or risk God’s judgment. Neither the Democrats nor Republicans in the White House will do that.
My country of Canada faces a similar dilemma.