Should Christians Allow For Abortions Due To Rape
I have talked to so many Christians including pastors and deacons who have made statements similar to this; I don’t care what the Bible says, if my daughter were raped she would have an abortion. Our hearts go out to these dads and raped daughters. On the surface it would appear a “no brainer” that a girl who is raped and impregnated should not have to carry the child of the rapist.
This illustrates the problem with Situation Ethics. It puts seemingly impossible situations where the only seemingly appropriate answer is to turn against God’s law and make another value judgment. Certainly a girl impregnated by a rapist would seem to qualify.
Let us look at the facts and separate out the emotion. An abortion would not make the girl un-raped. This is really what is at the bottom of the thought process on the part of the dads. They want to fix it and restore her and make her whole and un-raped. Seems logical but does it really make her un-raped. She is suffering unbelievable trauma as the result of the rape. Becoming pregnant does not overcome her maternal hormones which kick in rather quickly.
What really happens is that she is traumatized all over again by the abortion process. Having her feet in stirrups, legs spread wide apart and dilating her uterus and shoving a suction hose attached to a curette and hearing the scream of the suction machine and the slurping sound that the chunks of baby makes as it is systematically sucked from her uterus rapes her all over again. It is an unnatural act and goes against nature. The dads think that they are doing what is best for their daughters. Most women have lifelong guilt over killing their unborn babies which also contributes to her being raped all over again. Dad feels better but the daughter suffers the rest of her life.
A better solution would be to have the baby and give it up for adoption. In this way good can come from the evil that was foisted upon her against her will. It can be part of the therapeutic process where she regains control over her own body and makes choices for herself. In this way she does not have to have the baby around to remind her of the horror that happened to her but she can take comfort in knowing that this baby is being loved by another couple.
Finally, the Bible has guidance even for this horrible experience. The fathers shall not die for the sins of the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the sins of the father, let every man die for his own sins. Deut 24:16
There can be no other explanation that we are putting an innocent baby to death for the sins of the father. Rape used to be a felony death penalty crime. Now it is reduced many times to a misdemeanor and very short jail time is served if any. This is wrong, making an innocent child die because of the crime of another. Come on Dads, do you really want to sell this to your daughters. Show some biblical leadership while supporting your daughter.