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Rape is a horrific crime and rapists should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. But, pro-abortion activists, through their rhetoric, are demeaning the victims of rape and children conceived in rape, in order to push back against Alabama’s pro-life law. This isn’t to say they are doing it on purpose, and I’m not accusing them of intentional malice towards victims of rape and children conceived in rape. But the way the Alabama pro-life law is being described by pro-abortion activists actually demeans victims of rape and children conceived in rape.

But what are they really saying here? First, this is a rhetorical maneuver they are using. Because they know that abortion is actually unpopular, and that “killing preborn babies” wouldn’t get them a nickel more of federal funding, pro-abortion activists have predictably picked a group of people that everyone has sympathy for; victims of rape.  But in doing so, they are using people who were victims of an awful and horrific act to justify their support for another awful and horrific act.

Second,  we know this is a political ploy, because these activists and groups don’t support any restrictions on abortion. These groups don’t come out and support other restrictions on abortion because they are pro-abortion.

Finally,  these arguments demean children conceived in rape. There are times when pro-lifers will support bills with exceptions for rape and incest because we know that politically that might need to be done in order to end 99% of abortions. But pro-lifers still recognize that those children have value too. However, many times pro-abortion activists will argue that children conceived in rape will grow up unloved or that no child should grow up knowing they were conceived in rape. But children are born into all sorts of horrible scenarios, when conceived consensually or not, and their lives still have value.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, explained:

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