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Abortion, the ending of pregnancy and expulsion of the embryo or fetus, generally before the embryo or fetus is capable of surviving on its own. The matter of abortion raises many personal issues for many people as it deals with life. When has abortion been morally accepted in the Philippines?
Rape is defined as sexual intercourse forced on a person without his or her permission. Victims of rape suffer physical and mental trauma. Rape can never be justifiable as it is immoral.
We can simply say abortion and rape is immoral. But how about if we look into the of issue of abortion in rape cases? How do we stand as nurses? Shall we be pro-life or pro-abortion? One our responsibilities as nurses is to preserve life. What is then more important? The new life of the unborn child, or the life of the mother? What is then be our priority? The psychological health of the rape victim? Or the embryo that is soon to become fetus which also means life?
We as a group would stand to protect the life of the unborn child during cases of pregnancy during rape. We have sworn on our oaths as nurses that we are to protect the lives of people. We are pro-life. We are not in favor of abortion for we believe it is immoral in whatever aspect you will look into. One of the ten commandments of God is “Thou shall not kill”. We cannot kill a life or we break the laws of God. We cannot make exceptions when it comes to ending a life. As we all know, life is such an important matter and a very sensitive issue. Abortion is not an end to the problem of a raped victim. The violence of abortion parallels the violence of rape. Abortion does not bring healing to a rape victim. A child is a child regardless of the circumstances of his conception. No adverse circumstance for one human being changes the nature and worth of another human being. Laws must not be built on exceptional cases. (Randy Alcorn, 2008). Simply we cannot say yes to abortion just because the baby is a product of violence which we don’t want a mother who is mature enough to understand crircumstances. Every life is a gift from God. We can’t be selfish to a child who wants to live. Who can guess who can that child become in the future?
There have been differing interpretations internationally of whether the right to life applies to the unborn child (Jayawickrama, 2002). The ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) declares that 'every human being' has the inherent right to life, while in respect of other rights. According to Fleming and Hains: "The right to life of all human beings has the nature of an intransgressible norm already contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child 1959.
Under international law, the unborn child is protected, and it was not permissible at this late stage to attempt to allow a liberal abortion agenda under the Convention for the Rights of the Child.We cannot put the burden or the wage of sin on the innocent child. Randy Alcorn (2008) states that rape is never the fault of the child; the guilty party, not an innocent party, should be punished.
In addition, we have treatments and rehabilitations for a raped victim. Saving one life is heavier than saving psychological health. Abortion is not the last option. If the mother will think of it as a memory of the painful and traumatizing past, she has choices to let her child be adopted. Many parents are not blessed to have a child and for sure, there are many of them would willingly adopt a child. If the mother is thinking of not wanting to bear pain and difficulty for 9 months of pregnancy, here’s a question. What is 9 months of sacrifice to years of life of a innocent child? The mother has already experienced a life with happiness and witnessed the beauty of life, who is she to deprive a child of that?http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/abortion.htmlhttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001955.htmhttp://www.epm.org/artman2/publish/Prolife_abortion/rape_incest.shtml