That title will drum up wordpress traffic, won’t it! 🙂
But, it’s true. I keep hearing from varied sources that Sarah Palin doesn’t support abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. I agree with her. I’m sure that my stance and hers seem unbelievable to some people, but let me explain the reasons behind my belief. Perhaps you, the reader, will change your perspective as well.
I have a friend who was a child conceived of rape/incest. He was adopted at birth into a loving, Christian home. He now is married, has fathered children, and has a job of high responsibility and high respect. He is NO DIFFERENT than any other person you see walking down the street, and if you were to see him, you wouldn’t think him different from anyone else. Why should his life be of any less worth than any other person, merely because of the circumstances of his conception? (If you are interested, you can read his story in his own words on page 5 of this pdf. file.)
While I don’t argue that it would be extremely difficult for a woman to go through a pregnancy with such a traumatic beginning, I also believe that the pregnancy might provide an opportunity to assist with the emotional healing process for that woman. That baby is something good coming from something bad. Christians who believe that “Everything works for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28) and who also believe that life, even in its initial stages, is a gift of God, will find it hard to subsequently discard any life that God, in his wisdom, has created. It is unfortunate that many people today, Christians included, think that a pregnancy resulting from rape/incest is too difficult of a situation for God to be able to work through. But I believe that God can work good from anything that life can throw at us.
Furthermore, there are many families in the world today who would be happy to adopt a child, no matter what the circumstances of its conception, and lovingly raise it as their own. I know my husband and I would. Children are a blessing, no matter how or when they come. Perhaps that attitude seems naive and simplistic, but it’s the same way that our God sees us. Every person on this earth is important to God; how then can I view the people he has uniquely created as anything less than a being specially created by God?
I support Sarah Palin in this belief, and I am glad that there is a woman running for a major office that is so staunchly pro-life, and that she isn’t willing to change her mind just because people disagree with her. She has strong principles, and even if you don’t agree with her, you have to respect her for standing her ground.