The Sunday pundits are still talking about Richard Mourdock’s debate comments. While much of the analysis is critical, there are people who agree with what the Republican candidate was trying to say.
I know others who feel as Mourdock does. So, I share this as a sort of “Letter to the Editor.” The following comes from a man who regularly prays outside an Indianapolis abortion clinic, Bishop Joshua Beecham.
Wow, what a country we live in! Finally a public official who is willing to take the pro-life stand to its obvious conclusion, willing to stand with integrity and conviction, and unwilling to compromise the truth even when it’s not popular, even when his comments are misunderstood – the kind of integrity and conviction that most Americans say they want in a politician – and what do we do; we mock and ridicule and ostracize him and twist his words to mean something different than what he intended. As he clarified after the fact, of course he doesn’t believe that God wants a woman to be raped! But what he does believe, as do I, is that God is the author of life, and that every life, regardless of the circumstances through which and into which it is born, is created by God and is precious to Him.
Here’s an illustration that I think puts it in perspective: Imagine that a woman is being beaten and raped and someone happens to come on the scene, which causes the rapist to flee the in a hurry, so quickly that a bag full of money falls from his pocket – over $1,000. People would feel like the woman should keep the money, that it was a kind of recompense for her suffering; they may even say that God was smiling on her because of the money. But if she ended up pregnant many would consider the baby no more than an unwanted reminder of the rape. Have we become such a twisted, materialistic country that money is more precious than a human life, that $1,000 would be considered a greater blessing than a precious baby? I think that is what Mr. Mourdock was trying to get at, and he should be applauded for it, and those who are mocking him should consider that in doing so they just might be found mocking the value of a life.
Bishop Joshua Beecham
I am so tired of politicians, Democrat and Republican alike, using the abortion issue simply as a means of getting votes from a particular demographic but not having any real concern about the real issues related to the matter. This is a precious human life we are talking about, besides the real trauma that abortion brings upon a woman. Those who are in favor of abortion, and even those who claim to be pro-life often label as “insensitive to women” those who do not think rape or incest should be an acceptable reason for abortion. But the truth is that it is the woman who ends up paying double for the rape; first by the rape itself, then by adding to it the awful memory that will be etched into her mind and body that she destroyed her baby. Besides that, there is the emotional trauma that follows abortion, the higher risk of breast cancer, the higher risk of infertility, depression, and many other things. By not making exceptions for rape and incest we are not only upholding the value of the baby, but also the well-being of the mother. And women who have kept their babies in situations such as rape and incest will tell you that they are glad that they did, and that the baby has been a blessing.
Mr. Mourdock’s words were poorly chosen, as he admitted, but his integrity in carrying through the pro-life message to its fullest ramifications is commendable. Rape or incest isn’t the baby’s fault, so why should the baby be put to death? Neither is it the woman’s fault, so why should she suffer the trauma of an abortion? Every life, mother and baby, is precious to God, regardless of the circumstances. A politician who is willing to take such a stance is rare, and should be celebrated for his or her courage and integrity.