FEB 2014 – Taking Exception


There are really two kinds of people who identify themselves as ‘Pro-Life': Those who ‘cannot condone abortion under any circumstance,’ and those ‘generally opposed to abortion, and particularly late-term abortion, but allow for exceptions’ (they are typically ‘the life of the mother, rape and incest’).

We’ll call them ‘Mostly Pro-Life,’ which is still better than ‘Pro-Abortion.’  Common ground aside, I find this position sadly misguided and even harmful. Conversely, there are those who favor abortion but oppose it in the third trimester. ‘Generally Pro-Choice,’ I guess you could say.

I’m not downplaying the emotional difficulty of these circumstances, suggesting how others should feel, or denying someone relief from personal suffering. I can speak for myself in that there are ‘choices’ not within my authority to make, no matter how I ‘feel.’ And we can certainly discuss how the individual is affected. My objection is against the idea of using abortion to solve these problems.

What I am suggesting is that even though a seemingly ‘painless’ solution is available, we still need to apply the brakes and be a little less willing when it involves the destruction of viable, innocent human life. And that is what it comes down to: The dead human fetus who didn’t have any say-so in the matter.

For instance, is it ever absolutely necessary, let alone acceptable, to destroy a viable human fetus (a person) for any reason—even to ‘to save another, or rectify the unexpected aftermath of a tragic circumstance?’ And why is the ‘standard protocol’ to abort the child? Furthermore, in that moment how do you determine whose life is more worthy of saving? Questions that while perhaps not convenient in the moment, very necessary to ask.

To be perfectly clear, any restrictions on abortion are welcome! Even if abortion were limited to only the ‘exceptions’ it would have a drastic, overnight effect on the overall numbers because these instances are far fewer and in between than the abortion industry would have us believe. Current limitations are primarily based on length of gestation; the circumstances are for the most part, irrelevant.

While admittedly better than abortion-on-demand, the ‘exceptions’ substantiate a cruel and barbaric procedure that no circumstance should ever justify. Once we start making exceptions to the sanctity of human life, even the most preposterous can be made to seem acceptable; like partial birth abortion, for instance. It’s either wrong for any reason and under any circumstance to take innocent human life, or it isn’t. We can’t have it both ways, or ‘it depends…’

Any acceptance of abortion helps to affirm it as necessary, a fallacy we have been refuting since Roe v. Wade, and plays into the hands of those who would prefer the abortion debate focus on emotion and circumstance rather than merit or human worth. There is no compelling argument, let alone evidence, that a any one of the 1 million annual aborted children had to die. It’s was a ‘choice.’

Abortion treats human life as something disposable, regardless of the terms; a judge, jury and executioner not bound by such trivial things as ‘due process.’ Rape is a despicable, violent, and brutal act; but so is abortion (deniers need only look at the gruesome abortion aftermath photos). Is this the best solution we can come up with to remedy an already tragic circumstance?

The ‘right to life’ shouldn’t be subject to ‘circumstance.’ Life is full of hard decisions of which the majority of us (fortunately) never have to make. Granted, it’s not always easy do the right thing in the face of tragedy or hardship, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying to see things for what they really are.

Allowing abortion under any circumstances does more damage than any perceived good, and I’m asking ‘Mostly Pro-Lifers‘ to reconsider on behalf of the preborn children who just happened to be in the wrong circumstance, at the wrong time…. And to be less willing to embrace death as a solution, regardless of circumstance.

Life is sacred even if it didn’t ask to be here. No exceptions.



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