I promised a while back to add some further remarks to Senator Marco Rubio’s stand on abortion. Here they are.
I repeat, abortion is not contraception. Contraception is the practice of using various techniques to prevent CONCEPTION…the creation of a fetus when male sperm and female egg come in contact. In the case of abortion, conception has already taken place. Maybe it happened because the partners (mother and father) engaged in sexual intercourse during an alcohol infused night out, or forgot to take the pill, or didn’t want to bother with a condom or diaphragm, or didn’t time the woman’s monthly cycle correctly…or they were overcome by a moment of passion. Such things happen between consenting adults. No criticism from me there.
In short, Mom and Dad chose to get it on…Bravo. Seriously, good for them. We need a lot more passionate loving and a lot less determined hatred in the world.
On occasion, during a moment of passion, a child is conceived, and the truth is that many of these pregnancies are unplanned. Unfortunate, or maybe not, depending on the parents, but the at the moment of conception a third PERSON enters the equation…the unborn child.
The best statement against the fallacious arguments of those who claim the right to kill the unborn child for any reason the mother chooses was made by C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States, during a radio interview around 1990.
Dr. Koop was asked about his stand on abortion…he was adamantly pro-life. I can’t find the transcript of the interview, or remember the interviewer…might have been a late night radio interview…but Koop’s argument was burned indelibly into my brain. It went something like this:
Dr. Koop: Would it be acceptable to abort a baby one day before normal delivery at nine months?
Interviewer: Of course not.
Dr. Koop. Well, how about two days, before full-term delivery?
Interviewer: Again, of course not.
Dr. Koop: We could keep going back a day at a time and the question becomes at what point …on what day…does the fetus change into a baby, a person, that we would not harm.
And that’s it. Radical abortion rights advocates would claim that the baby is never a person until successfully delivered from the mother’s womb. More moderate abortionists would say not before the first trimester, or second trimester.
Dr. Koop’s point was that any such delineation is just an arbitrary line drawn in the development and life of the unborn baby. One day you say it is a human being. The day before it is a lump of cells that may be destroyed at will. The absurdity of that position is abundantly clear. Thank you, Dr. Koop.
The truth is that most abortions are not to protect the mother’s life or as the result of rape or incest. Statistics vary, depending on who is quoting them, but all agree that the number is small. Even the New York Times, in an era before it had become a tool for the progressive, liberal left pointed out that rape, incest and the mother’s health accounted for less than 1% of abortions. (See article, Rape and Incest: Just 1% of All Abortions, By TAMAR LEWIN Published: October 13, 1989) I’m pretty sure that article would never make it into the Times today, and the editors no doubt wish it had never been published, but it was.
Additionally, Dr. Koop makes the following statement about his experience with abortion for the sake of the mother’s health:
“Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life. If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, the doctor will induce labor or perform a Caesarean section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.” -C. Everett Koop, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General
Just 1% or less. In most fair-minded studies, those statistics stand today…hence, the reason pro-abortion supporters claim that it is the mother’s body and she can do whatever she wants with it, at any point during pregnancy. It is the only argument they have.
My response to them…take a look at the picture above. There are two bodies involved, not one. I cannot make it any more clear.
Now, for my more fundamentalist, pro-life friends let me add a few thoughts.
Yes, sometimes rapes, and acts of incest do occur. There may even be some unforeseen issue that would affect the mother’s life if a baby were delivered. These are heart-wrenching cases.
Truthfully, there are difficult choices to make in the event of incest, rape and illness, which may affect the mother’s life. In those cases, the mother only has the right to make the choices and live with them. My heart goes out to women who must make those difficult decisions. I support them whatever they choose.
Fundamentalist Pro-lifers will now want to rise up in rebellion and anger. In their eyes, abortion is never permitted. They will be furious with a person who, while feeling that abortion is a despicable practice, makes room in his brain and heart to care about the mother.
In the cases of rape, incest, and serious illness, the woman is a victim and her rights as a victim must be protected. Yes, the baby conceived is a victim also, but the mother has first standing. The baby is a victim because the mother was one first.
I will not condemn a mother who chooses to abort under such circumstance. I will support, nurture and standby the mother who is a victim. If that angers the fundamentalists, then as I said to the pro-abortionists…I don’t care.
Bad things happen in the world, people. The decisions one must make when dealing with the terrible things that occur to people are not always polarized into black and white.
I pose this question to my fundamentalist friends – Do you honestly believe a just and loving God is going to condemn a woman who is a victim of rape or incest, or who might die in childbirth because she chooses to abort the pregnancy caused by the evil acts of another? If you do, then we do not believe in the same God.
But, let’s be clear. The overwhelming majority of elective abortions are for purposes of contraception, not as a result of rape incest or the mother’s health.
In other words, Mama got knocked up and having a baby is not convenient. In that case…which is the overwhelming majority of cases…the unborn child is the victim and deserves every protection we can give them.
Anything less, and we are no better than animals that kill and eat their young…. you know, like the male lions and polar bears that activists beat their breasts over in outrage to protect.
People, if we cannot understand the horrendous crime of contraceptive abortion then I fear our culture is as doomed as the Romans, Greeks, Aztecs and a thousand others who sank into depravity over the ages and disappeared from the earth.
Will the killing of babies be our legacy? God, I pray not.