In recent weeks, Paraguay and the tragedy of an abused child have become exclamation points to pro-abortion stump speeches. Seeking to sway those undecided on abortion, they point to this tale of brutality—and after all, why not? If our emotions are not stirred by the unthinkable crime this young girl has faced, will anything awaken our sleeping consciences?
As they clamor for abortion as the solution, however, they’re forgetting one critical point. What endears us to the pregnant 10-year-old is the very same thing which ought to endear us to her preborn baby: age.
After all, what makes this story stand out from the clutter of our newsfeeds? How young the victim is.
We should be outraged by the molestation of any human being, but to think that someone did this to a child is weightier still—because we know she was helpless to fight back against the victimizer.
Why, then, are we not equally horrified by the potential dismembering of another human who is younger still and therefore even more helpless?
Those who oppose abortion do not defend the crime committed against this 10-year-old girl. We merely believe that committing a second crime is not permissible.
To paraphrase apologist Stephanie Gray, the question we’re being asked is: When born humans are in unbelievably difficult circumstances, is it okay to kill another innocent human being to try to alleviate those circumstances?
What happened to this young girl is abhorrent. But the preborn baby is not the guilty party. Yes, someone should pay for the crime. But remember who is responsible: the stepfather and, perhaps, the mother.
Additionally, to oppose the killing of the younger human involved does not mean we believe the 10-year-old should be forced to raise the baby. Our contention is this: Now that a monster forced her into this situation, we should help her deal with the circumstances in a healthy way. Adoption? Perhaps. Killing? No.
The poor girl has already been through terrible trauma. Would an abortion undo that trauma? No. But it could compound her trauma, because now she would one day have to reckon with not only being a victim but also a victimizer. What a horrible thing to add onto a young girl’s already horrid pain.
There are two humans involved whose lives cry out for justice. Let us love them both—for they are both young and in need of our aid.
Director of Training