The question of abortion in cases of rape concerns many Americans. Should it not be allowed even in those cases, they ask, especially when they think of their own daughters.
It is understandable and natural to want to protect one’s own daughter. But that’s precisely why abortion is not the solution, even if she is raped. Rape causes a trauma, and abortion causes yet another one. An abortion does not un-rape a woman, but adds another layer of shame and guilt upon an already wounded soul.
The book “Victims and Victors” talks about studies of women who, having conceived through rape, had abortions, but then suffered more from the abortion than from the rape.
Protecting our daughters means doing all we can to keep them safe both from rape and abortion.