A couple of weeks ago, a journalist from the Montreal newspaper La Presse, Patrick Lagacé, wrote a scathing article on Cardinal Ouellet for this pro-life stance, even in the case of conception through rape. Lagacé was the one who wished that the Cardinal would die a slow and painful death.
I just sent Lagacé an email in which I challenge him to examine a series of 12 logical propositions that progressively lead to the conclusion that abortion, even in the case of rape, is a grave injustice. No need to refer to the Bible or any divine revelation. I’ve challenged him to tell me which of these propositions is false. I’ll keep you posted of his response. The 12 propositions are copied below.
By the way, I personally know two women who were victims of rape. I accompanied them for several years as they tried to put their lives back together. From the depths of their anguish, they still had enough common sense to realize that an abortion could not undo the rape they suffered.
I encourage all of you to write an email to Lagacé to respectfully express your disapproval of his views. If he wants to start smearing our beloved Cardinal Ouellet, he’s gonna have to pay the price and take some heat from displeased readers. You can email him at this address: email@example.com
Demonstration that aborting a child conceived through rape is a grave injustice
- Every species on Earth can only reproduce after its own kind (for example, rabbits can only give birth to other rabbits, dogs can only give birth to puppies, etc.).
- Therefore, a fetus is of human nature.
- The fetus is clearly alive, as witnessed by its continual growth, its need for nutrition and hydration, its beating heart, its brain waves, etc.
- From 2 and 3, we deduce that the fetus is alive and human.
- The fetus has a distinct and unique human DNA, different from its mother and from any other human being.
- The fetus has all the components to develop into a complete and independent human organism.
- From 4, 5 and 6, we deduce that a fetus is a living human being distinct from its mother.
- Intentionally ending the life of an innocent living human being is a grave injustice.
- Abortion ends the life of the fetus.
- From 8 and 9, we deduce that abortion is a grave injustice.
- While rape is a grave injustice towards the woman, this tragedy does not alter points 1 through 10.
- Therefore, we deduce that aborting a fetus conceived through rape remains a grave injustice, as per 10.