3. There is never a reason for abortion
Because life begins at fertilization and preborn children have human rights, there is never a reason that justifies the killing of a preborn child through abortion.
There are many who defend abortion based on cases such as life or health of the mother, rape, or incest. While rape and incest are horrible crimes and the victims deserve all the help and support we as a society can give them, if a human being exists in the womb from the moment of fertilization, there can never be a reason to kill that person, no matter the circumstances surrounding that life. And as you will see below, abortion is never medically necessary to save a woman’s life.
Abortion is never medically necessary to save a woman’s life.
The Dublin Declaration, which has been signed by more than one thousand obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians, midwives, and other medical professionals, states the following:
As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman. We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child. We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.
Abortion does not heal or fix the violence of rape
It is never fair or just to punish an innocent child with what amounts to the death penalty because her father committed a heinous crime. We do not even sentence the rapist to death. Yet by aborting a child conceived in rape, we treat her with less rights than we give to rapists. We consider her life as less valuable than the rapist’s.
A woman who has survived sexual assault has suffered a horrific violence and injustice and is deserving of support, healing, and advocacy, not another violent act. But abortion does nothing to give the woman the healing that she needs and deserves. Abortion does not erase the rape or undo the violence that has been committed on the woman. Instead, abortion subjects this woman – and now, her child – to yet another act of violence that also cannot be erased or undone. As many rape survivors have poignantly testified, abortion is actually an obstacle to healing after rape. Abortion adds trauma to trauma, and it creates another innocent victim, although this one will not survive.
A woman who chooses not to raise a child conceived in rape always has the option to put that child up for adoption, as there are many families willing and waiting to adopt children from difficult circumstances.
As human beings, we are more than how we were conceived. We had no power over that moment, and our value – or our inherent right to live — is not based on it.
4. Learn More
To learn more about why abortion is never a valid alternative in these and other “difficult cases,” please check out our additional content on our apologetics page.