Lifesite  continues to assert that people who are advocates of reproductive choice are advocates for abortion. Some of my keys are going to wear out from typing “intellectually dishonest” all the time. An “abortion advocate” would be someone who says:

Abortions are great things. You really should try one. You’ll love it. Men too! Why let the women have all the fun?

The extremists seem to think that a woman should be compelled to bear the child of their rapist. What about if Uncle Festus in the neighboring trailer knocks up your 14 year old daughter? This is about choice. It’s also about who has that choice     the government or the pregnant woman.

Furthermore, when those fine folks in Mississippi make it harder to have an abortion, that change only affects poor people. Everyone else will sojourn north of the Bible Belt and have their abortion. This whole controversy about “legitimate rape” involves the Hyde Amendment which prevents government money (eg Medicaid) from paying for abortions. So when they talk about imposing additional restrictions that pertains only to poor people who require Medicaid to pay for an abortion.

The fuzzy grayscale ultrasound images of the two unborn babies are practically identical. But the jarring question above the images makes everyone take a second look: “Which of these two human beings was conceived in rape?”

The viewer is compelled to say: “I can’t tell, they both look the same.” And that’s exactly the point.

Whether a baby is conceived in the terrible circumstance of rape or in the happy circumstance of a loving spousal embrace, the fact remains that both are human beings. Both, if given a chance, will flourish by being loved, and both will requite that love in due season.

But that is not the answer abortion advocates ever want anyone to give when discussing rape and abortion.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.