If Saving Women is Really the Goal . . .

Now that the political season is back at our throats, we are again hearing the abortion lobby trot out its usual collection of distortions, half-truths and outright lies.  Of course, one of their favorites is the old line that since women are going to have abortions regardless of what the law says, we have to protect them against dangerous back-alley abortions.

This assumes that the legal abortions women are getting right now are safe, but we'll let that fairy tail slide for the moment.  We'll also ignore the fact that, if abortion were outlawed today and illegal abortionists started springing up next week, every one of them would be someone who is pro-choice.  In fact, every woman who was ever killed or maimed during an abortion was killed or maimed by someone who was pro-choice.  That means the obvious solution to the back-alley abortion problem is for the pro-choice mob not to do them.  But like I said, we'll ignore that for now. 

What I'm wondering about is this.  If the motivation for legalized abortion really is to save the lives of women, why aren't the people who make that argument also calling for the repeal of laws against rape?  After all, it is not uncommon for a woman to be killed by a rapist so she can't identify him to the authorities.  Legalizing rape would save those women by taking away the rapists' motivation for killing them. 

Legalization could also result in the establishment of rape clinics where rapists could take their victims instead of dragging them into dangerous back-allies.  These facilities could offer clean rooms, condom machines, emergency contraception and perhaps even doctors on staff in case the rapist injures his victim.  We could also issue licenses to rapists requiring them to undergo monthly testing for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. 

Remember, the pro-choice argument is that women are going to have abortions regardless of what the law says, and that keeping abortion legal will make sure they occur in a clean and safe environment.  Well, those dynamics also apply to rape.  We know that keeping rape illegal has not stopped women from being raped, so why not try to create a more “enlightened” nation where rape is safe, legal and rare?

And by the way, as ridiculous as this suggestion is, if our goal is saving women's lives, it makes as much sense as legalized abortion.

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# Posted By M | 10/25/07 7:14 PM
From Isaiah ch. 66 God's word says,Since these have chosen their own way and own ways and taken pleasure in their own abominations I in turn will choose rutless treatment for them and bring upon them what they fear. Because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke no one listened,because they did what is evil in evil in my sight and chose what gave me displeasure.Let the whole world heed these words of Christ or else something worse will happen.
# Posted By fiona | 10/29/07 5:56 PM
That rapist analogy is an excellent way to point out the hypocrisy of the "pro-choice" phonies. It's refreshing to read your common-sense, rational thought process. Glad I stumbled on to your blog!
# Posted By RWind | 10/29/07 6:55 PM
I am pro-life and march in the Life March.
I find your argument very distasteful and extremly offensive.
Pronoucing women being rapped in a legalized setting is
deplorable! You can certainly find more intelligent ways to argue your points
# Posted By Dorothy | 10/29/07 9:40 PM
yet another ridiculous, hyperbolic conservative statement, designed to be inflammatory to anyone with a brain...
a "unique" perspective on abortion? hardly...

Latin America holds some of the world's most stringent abortion laws, yet it still has the developing
world's highest rate of abortions.

The result: Every year some four million women in Latin America have illegal abortions, according to
the World Health Organisation.

In Peru alone, an estimated 50,000 women a year either die or suffer serious complications after an
illegal abortion.

It affects mostly poor women. So I guess your position really does reflect the conservative value of:
to hell with the poor.

Abortion has been illegal in Mexico. There are an estimated 200,000 illegal abortions in Mexico each year.
Of women who opt for illegal procedures, at least 1,500 women die during botched operations performed in
unhygienic backstreet clinics.

But just like America before Roe, the wealthy in Latin America have no problems obtaining abortions from
their doctors, regardless of the law. So if you're trying to build a bridge to the 1950's, you're on the right track ...

My wife had 4 miscarriages, all in month 2 or 3, before we were able to have a child. In light of that, I find it
hard to conclude that God considers a foetus to be of value, but perhaps you know better...
# Posted By Harry | 11/29/07 8:48 PM
Legalized abortion to save women's lives? Is that like legalizing drugs to prevent gang wars; legalize theft to prevent hunger and poverty; legalize rape to prevent violence and death? It is such a sad and right on the point analogy, Mark, I had to LOL. It is all so vile, isn't it? Some don't know what they do, and some are just bitter, stoney-hearted, vacant empty souls who will die while at an ultimate defeat in their rage of "Womb War" secures their eternity to a crowded hell. They are the ones who are ultimately defeated, folks. They are the ones who are possessed. It is difficult to rid a demonic possession of this depth. The future will reveal, in hindsight, this morbid murder mentality.
# Posted By Gera Schmidt | 2/23/08 8:35 PM
This is a great idea! Kudos to you for having the courage to say this. We live in a country where abortion and alcohol is legal. There's absolutely no reason rape shouldn't be either. If you believe in this cause, please sign this petition: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/rapelegal/
# Posted By koocher | 11/16/10 12:24 AM

Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics