Originally Posted by NateR
I understand how you would sympathize with the woman, but why not sympathize with the unborn child? What exactly did the baby do to deserve being put to death?
A woman is not completely helpless in the crime of rape. She can take self-defense courses, carry a gun or just be careful where she goes at night. However, that unborn baby is 100% completely helpless. It can't defend itself, can't speak on it's own behalf and that child's "freedom of choice" isn't even considered in the matter of abortion (which is what makes the phrase "freedom of choice" such a sick joke when applied to abortion).
So I would default towards protecting the GOD-given rights of the one person in this situation would cannot protect themselves: the unborn baby.
Sure, having to carry a baby conceived in rape would be traumatic, but it's not a guarantee of an unhappy life. Pat Robertson, the founder of the 700 Club, was conceived when his mother was raped. So the child has just as much potential for success as any human being born under different circumstances.
Nathan, Dawn and Chris, I agree that life begins at conception and babies cannot protect themselves so we have to protect them. God tells us there are only two paths, the broad and the narrow. We choose which path we follow.
I'm not arguing or debating the issue of abortion, for or against. When I said if only God did all the deciding, as opposed to man, I meant this would not be an issue because there would be no rape, therefore, no abortion, no loss of life. But God lets us choose which path we take and it's obvious which path the rapist takes.
When I said, "my human person", I meant human as in this earth, born into sin, you know, of the flesh that makes us weak... And, by mercy and compassion, I was not saying, kill the child to spare the woman. I was saying, as a human, with my human heart and mind, I wish there was a way to spare the woman as well as the child.
I asked the ? and wanted to know how y'all felt and I appreciate your honesty. Thank you!