The ‘hard cases’ and abortion
Would you consider abortion in the following four situations:
1. There’s a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have 14 children. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with her 15th. Considering their tremendous poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending she get an abortion?
2. The father is sick with sniffles, the mother has TB. They have 4 children, the first is blind, the second is dead, the third is deaf, the fourth has TB. She finds she’s pregnant again. Given the extreme situation, would you consider recommending abortion?
3. A white man raped a 13-year-old black girl and she got pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?
4. A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiance is not the father of the baby and he’s very upset. Would you recommend abortion?
If you answered yes to the questions above:
In the first case, you have just killed John Wesley — one of the greatest Evangelists of the 19th century.
In the second case, you have just killed Beethoven.
In the third case, you have killed Ethel Waters, the great black singer.
In the fourth case, you have just promoted the abortion of Jesus Christ.