The controversy surrounding abortion never fails to be a very delicate topic of debate, even more so where rape victims are concerned. How can we deny women the choice to abort a child they were tragically forced to carry, but in the same breath how can we deny that child a potentially extraordinary life? It is a moral battlefield many of us cautiously sidestep, but not for GOP Mike Huckabee, who stands firmly on the side of the fetus.
Just several days ago, an 11-year-old Paraguayan girl gave birth to her daughter: the product of being raped by her stepfather. Her case received national attention after Paraguayan law denied Mainumby, as she is referred to, the opportunity to abort the child. Authorities claimed that she would not be in any danger if she carried the child, and despite medical experts claiming her young age presented a significant risk, Mainumby was forced to carry her baby.
Mike Huckabee weighed in on the ordeal at his State of the Union appearance Sunday morning, arguing that taking the life of another child doesn’t solve the problem at hand. He did acknowledge the absolute tragedy of Mainumby’s rape, but also the presence of two victims in these particular situations.
Huckabee said, “One is the child; the other is that birth mother who often will go through extraordinary guilt years later when she begins to think through what happened — with the baby, with her. And again, there are no easy answers here.”
It is a kind of distorted win-win situation in his eyes, versus a win for the mother and lose for the child if it was aborted. However, there are very very thin lines no matter where you venture in this argument.
Fortunately, Mainumby and her baby are healthy, but according to medical experts future health risks are yet to be seen. The immediate action anyone can do is pray for the well-being of this brave little girl and her newborn, and from there any change that is in order can be worked for.