I am not impressed by the anti-pro-life argument that makes the exception the rule. Not only is this a bad idea for public policy consideration in general, but abuse and rape cases (the exception) make up a minimal percentage (less than 1 is what I last heard) of all abortion cases. When pro-choicers appeal to this argument as a way of retaining all abortion rights, I want to respond quite simply by proposing a pro-life bill that will allow for abortion in such exceptions. Problem solved.
Well, problem mostly solved. The thing of it is, that would only be a partial victory as far as I see it. It would be a great victory, but a partial one nonetheless, because I cannot understand how abortion is at all helpful in those cases.
Maybe that sounds insensitive. I don't pretend for a second to understand the unbelievable pain of not only being abused or raped, but becoming pregnant as a result. I won't even try to speculate as to what that must feel like, and before I begin to discuss how we ought to react to that, let me first offer the exhortation to Christians to, before anything else, meet women in such horrible situations with overwhelming love and support. And I'm not just saying that so that no one gets mad at me- it's important.
HSAT, why shouldn't abortion be allowable for a rape victim? Because you can really only think that it is ok if you actually don't think that the fetus is fully human. If the fetus is fully human, than s/he is an innocent third party, having never done anything to hurt the mother. There is no self-defense issue, except that a woman would, perhaps understandably but still wrongly, not want to deal with the increased painfulness of her situation. Put simply, how would murdering a fully human and fully innocent third party be a reasonable response? Allowing for abortion in such situations is a tacit (or maybe not-so-tacit) admission that you do not think the fetus is fully human.
Adoption is probably the best possibility for most mothers in this situation, and again, I'm really not trying to minimize the amount of pain such a situation must cause. But pain inflicted upon me does not give me a right, no matter how great it is, to treat an innocent third party unjustly. That's the bottom line.