Abortion and Rape

From Boundless.org:

It’s widely held that when dealing with abortion, rape and incest are special cases. Most people will say abortion is the closest thing to a solution in such cases. Even those who disagree — who point out that an innocent child shouldn’t perish for the sins of his father — often share the popular assumption that abortion would be something of a relief to the woman who’s been victimized. In short, the notion is that the interests of the woman and her child are in conflict: What’s good for one is bad for the other.

But is that true? Some Harvard students thought otherwise, and they decided to put forth their dissenting view in a very public way.

Read the full piece HERE. (Not for young readers.)

15 thoughts on “Abortion and Rape

  1. What an article! I’ll be honest: I believe raped women should be given pregnancy-prevention pills if they request them. This is because of the level of development of the zygote, which is the same reason I’m now against regular abortions, even the early-term ones. Abortions, by majority, occur when there is a baby with a developed and beating heart in the womb. I was horrified to read about the procedures done in early-term abortions, which I thought were safe. And the people performing them?? Doctors who often ignored the patient’s feelings, organized workers who lied about what was occuring?? It really is like medical rape.

    One man didn’t stop aborting until his own adopted daughter was killed by a car. He then said, as quoted in a book, “I’m done. And the “poor women”? I don’t give a darn.” I was glad he realized that women do NOT need abortions, but was somewhat angered at his sharp words, thinking, “Remember that you were one of the ones who victimized those women. They didn’t cajole you into the abortions, you did that to them.”


    1. “Pregnancy prevention pills” — do you mean RU486 or other “morning after” pills? Those don’t prevent pregnancy; they just force the uterus to flush out its lining, even if there’s a developing zygote already on its way to implantation. The reason the big pharma companies get away with calling these things “pregnancy prevention” pills is that Planned Parenthood (through its Guttmacher research wing) has redefined pregnancy to mean implantation rather than conception. So as long as the developing zygote is flushed out of the body before managing to implant itself in the uterine wall, you weren’t pregnant. Convenient, huh?


  2. A young woman I knew was raped and impregnated, and on the urging of her family aborted the child. It only added to the mountain of guilt she experienced from believing it was somehow her fault what that man had done to her. One year later, her soul is healing from the rape. But not from the abortion.


  3. I’ve been here and it’s a hard situation to face. You’re right, I think much of the pressure and desire for abortion comes from the family and friends who can’t cope, and really don’t want to cope, they want it to be over and if she’s pregnant there will always be a reminder for THEM, to them it will never be over. Such selfish motivations wrapped up in a supposedly ‘kind’ action.

    I would not judge a woman who was raped having an abortion, it’s one of the few cases where, while I think it’s wrong, I can understand the action. Some women genuinly do want the abortion too, there’s so many emotions tied up in it. But I would council a woman still considering her options that it won’t help.


  4. Well yes, after-morning pills. At that point the zygote is not even implanted yet, so I can’t compare it to a fetus with organs.


    1. So you do not believe life begins at conception and that, as long as a human soul has not implanted in the lining of the uterus and doesn’t have organs, it’s not human? Does that mean a deformed fetus (missing certain organs) isn’t human, either? This is what happens when we start redefining “life” to suit ourselves.


  5. No, I don’t believe a zygote that has not implanted itself and may never form beyond an egg and a sperm is a human being.


    1. Well, you’re being honest, Jenn, but a zygote is way more than just “an egg and a sperm.”

      “Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed…. The combination of 23 chromosomes present in each pronucleus results in 46 chromosomes in the zygote. Thus the diploid number is restored and the embryonic genome is formed. The embryo now exists as a genetic unity.” (O’Rahilly, Ronan and Müller, Fabiola. Human Embryology & Teratology. 2nd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 1996, pp. 8, 29. This textbook lists “pre-embryo” among “discarded and replaced terms” in modern embryology, describing it as “ill-defined and inaccurate”)

      “Zygote. This cell, formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm (Gr. zyg tos, yoked together), represents the beginning of a human being. The common expression ‘fertilized ovum’ refers to the zygote.” (Moore, Keith L. and Persaud, T.V.N. Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. 4th edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1993, p. 1)

      By the way, implantation usually takes place 5-7 days after conception. The egg and sperm have already joined and formed a zygote, which is rapidly developing new cells as it makes its way to the uterine wall. So you’re saying that, for those 5-7 days, there is no human being in the womb — just an “egg and a sperm.” Seriously?

      “By the time a three-day-old human embryo enters the uterus, it contains 16 identical cells packed together to form a sphere called a morula. As it moves into the uterus, the embryo is preparing for a major transformation. During the next 48 hours, the morula will become a blastocyst — a hollow oval with about 100 cells divided into two different types. Cells that will form the placenta make up the outer layer of the blastocyst. Nestled inside is a small inner cell mass with about 50 cells. These 50 cells will give rise to the millions of specialized cells, tissues and organs it takes to make a newborn baby.” (http://www.medicineatmichigan.org/magazine/2008/spring/21days/)


  6. Within a few hours of the intercourse, the zygote does not have organs or anything close. This window is what I speak of.


    1. Yep, I’ll grant you that, but I don’t see that “having organs” is what constitutes being a human. The moment the sperm joins the egg, a new life has begun–a life that is separate from either parent though a part of each. The only difference between that life and mine is food and time. All of us walking on this planet started the journey towards birth from the moment of conception.


  7. True, it’s how we define life. But to me, that small window is acceptable if the woman conceived (barely) from traumatizing circumstances; the zygote to a baby is like a seed to a tree. My grandmother’s body rejected just such a zygote and saw what it looked like afterwards; the mass of blood bore no resemblence to the poor tiny babies that I’ve read of being cruelly torn from their mother’s wombs.

    Believe me, I’ve changed so much on abortion! I naively used to think ten weeks was the acceptable ending time of the window of opportunity for abortions, and fought anyone who rejected this till we were purple in the face. But the more I read, the smaller that window became, and then just one book blew the most commonly preconceived notions of abortion away. Did you know sometimes they’ve RESTRAINED women on abortion tables when the women started to change their minds due to the pain and realization of the process? A feminist just tried to tell me that they’re all about women’s choices and no one was forcing me to get an abortion; how ironic. I replied that they certainly wanted my tax dollars for it, didn’t they? I might as well have added that once I got on the aboriton table, they just MIGHT force me to stick with it. And then there are the lies they tell women about all matter of biological and medical matters. I strongly recommend “The Atonement Child”!

    Thanks for listening 🙂


    1. I’ve read that one, too, Jenn. It’s really heart-wrenching and excellent. We just had a story in the paper here in Kenya about women being forcibly sterilized. I’ve read about women begging to get off the table after changing their minds at the abortion clinic, only to be held down and told “it’s okay.” It’s NOT okay. And you’re right: it’s not about choice at all. Follow the money! Thanks for sharing.


  8. Ladies. I’ve just read the article and I’ve just read the conversation fallowing the article. I want to ask an objective question. What is the difference between holding a women down and forcing her to go through with an abortion, when she’s had a change of mind vs. denying women the right to abortions?


    1. Thanks for the comment. I’m not exactly sure what you’re trying to determine here. Holding a woman down and forcing her to kill the life in her womb is VERY different from outlawing the taking of human life. Abortion isn’t a “right” any more than murder is a “right.” Forcing a woman to abort is heinous; pleading with a woman to preserve life is not.


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