Timothy P. Carney has a remarkable column up at the Washington Examiner. In the midst of the controversy surrounding Todd Akins’ foolish comments about rape and abortion, Carney takes the opportunity to address some hard truths. The column bears the headline, “When a horrific rape leads to an innocent life,” and I couldn’t recommend it more. Here’s a sample:
[I]f commonly cited statistics are correct, hundreds of thousands of Americans walking around today were conceived in an act of rape. Jenni, and legions like her, raise a tough question for pro-lifers who don’t want to talk about rape cases. Her smiling face and growing family — she has three kids of her own — is also damning to pro-choice people who argue that abortion is a necessity for a woman impregnated by rape.
Jenni says her mother tells her that “it was a horrible thing that happened, but this was a little light in her life.” A daughter to raise “gave her incentive to recover.” Aborting Jenni “would have been just another trauma,” her mother says.
Be sure to read the whole thing.
Stephen P. White is a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC and coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society. The opinions expressed here are his own.