A tragedy: An 11-year-old is raped in Chile. She says she wants to keep the baby. Pro-choice folks are upset by this:
At that age the girl doesn’t have a capacity of discernment, not even at age 14 would she have the mental and emotional capacity to discern this,” said Giorgio Agostini, a forensic psychologist who has worked on dozens of child sex abuse cases.
Another blogger rightly points out that is she choice abortion, they would say that is her right:
If abortion was legal in Chile and the girl had chosen to abort, the pro-aborts would have argued that it’s her right regardless of her age. In other words, abortion should be legal at any age but choosing life is beyond the maturity of an 11-year-old. Somebody please explain this asymmetry to me.
It does seem like some are saying she’s mature enough to choose abortion, but not mature enough to choose life.
I say it’s a tragedy all around, and abortion isn’t a solution. An 11-year-old who is raped is going to need a lot of support, care, help, love regardless of what happens with this baby–who I hope would be born and adopted by some loving family. I resent the fact that pro-choice folks think of abortion as the magic undo button for trauma.
I also pause to reflect on the evil in the world and in each one of us, that someone would rape a small child. Causes all kinds of anger and philosophical discussions in my heart and mind. I understand God to be all-powerful, all-loving and all-knowing but cases like this are tests, to be sure. I still believe it though. Because in the face of great evil, there must be an ever greater good.by