It seems that every four years the national conversation turns once again to the perennial moral questions of the day. Preeminent among them is abortion. In discussing the topic and debating it in my mind, I've sometimes struggled with the issue of abortion and rape and incest. Many politicians support pro-life views, except for in the case of rape or incest, or in the event that continuing the pregnancy will endanger the life of the mother. I've always had the conviction that even in the case of rape or incest, abortion should not be allowed but I've never had a strong case in my mind.
Recently I was debating the topic with a good friend of mine. He stated the position that though he would never encourage a woman to abort her child, he didn't feel comfortable having the state legislate a prohibition against a woman who suffered rape or incest being able to choose for herself. I stated that I believed that it was indeed the moral responsibility of the state to protect life, even in such a tragic situation.
He then posed the possibility of a woman who was gang-raped by five men, and who was now impregnated by one of them--which one she couldn't possibly know. He asked me how I would view such a tragic situation.
I told him that I believed that for her to abort her child would be to bring about a greater evil to herself than the rape itself.
He seemed shocked that I would say so, and suggested that I had a sliding scale for evil.
I told him why I felt this way. By aborting the baby, the woman who has suffered such a tragic injustice moves from being a victim to becoming a perpetrator. She has answered victimization by inflicting violence on someone as innocent as her. It by no means diminishes the hellishness of the crime against her, but I believe that to abort her child would be more damaging to her soul and psyche than the rape, and indeed by consciously choosing to protect the life within her, she proclaims power over her assailants, and that through the grace of God, the life that grows within her can help redeem the pain of such a tragic injury.
To encourage, or enable abortion out of a false sense of charity is to do injustice to a woman's inherent dignity. It is misguided and bespeaks a lack of wisdom. For this very reason, I can never vote for Obama or any pro-choice candidate. I cannot trust a man or woman who has a distorted view of compassion or charity in the case of the most innocent lives.
In short, Obama is not wise enough for me to vote for him.