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Some cultures execute innocent rape victims and call it "honor killing".

Our culture executes innocent babies of rape victims and calls it "reproductive choice".

Are we less barbaric for killing the baby than they for killing the mother?

This concern is expressed just as often by people who claim to be pro-life as well as those who are pro-abortion.

Supporters of abortion regularly bring up this hard case. Their intention is to attempt to make those who value life look heartless by forcing these suffering women to carry a child they never wanted. This is what is termed a smokescreen - they do not want abortion legal just for rape, but for any reason or no reason.

Ok, so how do we answer this? Obviously Rape and incest are one of the most horrific experiences a person could go through and there is no doubt that this is a very emotionally complex subject. This doesn’t mean however that it is morally complex.

Why should the unborn child be punished because of his/her father’s crime? Just because a person’s father was a rapist does not devalue them as a human being. Imagine your best friend was conceived through rape. Does that mean it should be lawful to kill them? Likewise if the offspring of the raped woman is equally valuable as a born person why should we be allowed to kill them?

So often supporters of abortion talk of the child being just a part of the woman’s body. You may have even heard someone say: “Abortion has nothing to do with men, it's a woman’s choice!” After rape isn’t it strange that now suddenly the unborn child is talked of as “the rapist’s baby”.

In some countries if a woman is raped they kill HER because of the shame she will bring on the family. In the West we kill the unborn child. What is the difference?

Killing this child (which is also the woman’s child) will only compound the pain, now adding guilt to list of things to deal with. Having an abortion will do nothing to take away the violence and hurt that was inflicted on the woman.

ICBR condemns ALL abortion related violence and refuses to work with or be associated with anyone who fails to condemn such violence.

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