Missouri Right to Life
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Jefferson City, MO 65102
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Missouri Right to Life Policy on Rape and Incest Exceptions

Policy

Each human being, regardless of how he or she is conceived, deserves protection under the law; however, MRL will sometimes be compelled to tolerate the addition of a rape or incest exception to a measure in order to obtain more protection for the unborn than now exists.

Explanation

It is a rare part of life that human beings are sometimes created by rape or by incestuous sex. Abortion compounds the trauma to the woman by destroying the new human being who has been created within her. The baby had nothing to do with his or her conception. Abortion does not erase the rape or the incest that has occurred. The literature of abortion has begun to include accounts by women who have chosen to love their babies conceived in this way. Later, of course, when the children may learn the circumstances of their origins, they will be grateful to be alive.

In Missouri Right to Life's work to reclaim protection of the law for the unborn, there may be occasions when a pro-life bill or regulation will not be enacted unless exceptions are made to its coverage. Among the most common are exceptions for rape and incest. In view of the legal status of abortion in our society under the regime of Roe v. Wade, where an abortion for any reason or no reason is allowed at all stages of pregnancy as long as a doctor is willing to declare that it is for the mother's health, MRL will sometimes be compelled to tolerate the addition of a rape or incest exception to a measure in order to obtain more protection for the unborn than now exists. We will continue to educate our fellow citizens, lawmakers and judges to become more and more inclusive in regard to the reasons for which they will agree to protect unborn babies in law.

 

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