First of all, I should point out by saying that I am not opposed to abortion in any form.
I was reading the political agenda for Mike Huckabee, and noted his views on abortion:
*Mike Huckabee is an outspoken opponent of abortion in all forms, and has said that it will certainly be a good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. Huckabee supported proposed legislation in South Dakota to outlaw all abortions except when saving the life of a mother, **with no exceptions for rape or incest.*He has also said that being pro-life means improving life after birth, and that public funding for abortion organizations needs to be eliminated.
I find it amazing that he even tacks on the rape and incest thing, because it means that there are enough people out there who want to make abortion illegal, but with exceptions. Why would exceptions be made for these cases though? I’ve found that most people opposed to abortion do so for religious reasons, as part of the “thou shalt not kill” or “thou shalt not interfere with God’s work overpopulating the planet with more humans.” So why would enough people be okay with rape babies having their lives terminated? It isn’t the baby’s fault that its mother-to-be was raped!
Religion aside, why would an accidential conception by a woman who has no interest or desire to have children though consensual sex be illegal to be aborted, but through non-consensual sex be allowed? This type of thinking sounds more like punishing couples who don’t have safe sex (or whose contraceptives fail) by forcing them to give birth, while giving a free pass to a rape victim.
While I don’t agree at all with Huckabee’s views, I do agree with him that it should be an all or nothing decision, otherwise these abortion bans are being handed out for the wrong reasons.