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The ‘Hard Cases’ of Abortion: A Pro-life Response

The ‘Hard Cases’ of Abortion: A Pro-life Response

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FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL BE ENGAGED
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FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL BE ENGAGED
Policy Publication Releases:
Highlights new and notable publications fromFamily Research Council. It's a must for anyonewanting to keep abreast of pro-family issues.
Help Us Get Others Engaged:
Tell a friend about this publication.
Pocket Policy 
The ‘Hard Cases’
Abortion:
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 A Pro-life Respons
 
The ‘Hard Cases’of  Abortion:
 A Pro-life Response 
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Table of Contents
 
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Introduction 
 
 A Rape Victims Story 
 
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 The Reality of the Rape Victims Situation
 
 
 The Trauma of Rape and the Trauma o Abortion
 
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 The Pregnant Rape Victim’s Attitude TowardHer Baby 
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Other People’s Responses Affect the RapeVictim
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 The Children of Rape and Incest
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 The Politics of Abortion
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 The Ethics of Abortion from a ChristianPerspective
 
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Summary: Myths About the Hard Cases
 
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Conclusion
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 Appendix 1: Resources
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 Appendix 2: Statements by Pope John Paul II
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 Julie MakimaaKathy Hoffmaster
 Editorial 
 Tom AtwoodGina DalfonzoKimberley Fraser Teresa Wagner
Pocket Policy #4 
 Art Direction
 Amy R. Fox
Design
 Ashleigh Ruther
 
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Family Research Council
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 The ‘Hard Cases’ of Abortion: A Pro-life Response© 2000 by the Family Research CouncilFamily Research Council801 G Street, NW  Washington, DC 20001Printed in the United States of America
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ccording to the 1996 Gallup Poll of publicopinion, 77 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal for a pregnancy caused by rape or incest.
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In a 1991 study released by Americans United for Life and conducted by theGallup Organization, respondents were asked whetherthey thought an abortion would be acceptable duringthe first three months of pregnancy if the woman hadbeen raped. Ninety-six point two percent said that they “seldom disapproved” of a woman having an abortionin such a case. In cases where the woman was the vic-tim of incest, 97.1 percent seldom disapproved.
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In a1996 study for which researchers at the State University of New York surveyed 89 male and 215 female collegestudents, 92 percent of students took a pro-abortionstance for girls under 18 in cases of rape. In cases of incest or when the girl’s health is in danger, 90 percentof students had a pro-abortion stance.
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An overwhelm-ing majority of Americans accept abortion for the “hardcases” of rape and incest.Even many pro-life activists accept abortion in suchcases, not realizing that this stance strengthens the pro-abortionists’ argument for the woman’s “right” to abortthroughout all nine months of pregnancy. As Mary Meehan, a pro-life feminist, writes, The pro-abortion lobby is skilled in using hardcases to put right-to-life forces on the defensive.If anti-abortionists refuse to accept abortion forthe hard cases, they are accused of extremismand insensitivity to wrenching human problems.If they do agree to exceptions, they find thatthose exceptions are at the forefront of the argu-ment for abortion on demand.
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 As a pro-life movement, we need to reclaim thedebate, offering a definitive response to these crisispregnancies.
INTRODUCTION
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