Reading the following short article made me think. I hope it has the same effect on you.
Richard Mourdock, Meet Liam Neeson says this:
"Conservative Senate candidates have lately stumbled trying to explain why they oppose abortion even in cases where the pregnancy results from rape. But rather than discussing biology or divine intent, perhaps they should simply appeal to the authority of a Hollywood film. . . .
In a debate this week, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said, "Life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen."
After the debate Mr. Mourdock said that he meant that God creates life, not that God intends for rapes to occur. "Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick," he said. Still, the debate comment is unlikely to help him win the support of independents, to say the least.
The more compelling argument of course is that the unborn child has no control over the circumstances of conception. So rather than stumbling their way through science or theology, perhaps pro-life candidates should simply refer to a scene in the 1995 film, "Rob Roy."
Jessica Lange's character reveals to her husband, played by Liam Neeson, that she has become pregnant after being raped by his enemy. "I could not kill it, husband," she says, almost apologetically.
Responds Mr. Neeson, "It's not the child that needs killing."
In just a few words, Mr. Neeson's character from 18th century Scotland eloquently argues for the child's innocence. Such an answer is still bound to displease pro-choice voters, but it might at least clarify the argument."
The above helped me to think things through.
May it do the same for you.