Michael Smerconish urges Mitt Romney to challenge the Republican Party’s rigid plank on abortion and insist that there should be an exception for rape (TNT, 8-29). Romney needs an “exception” because he doesn’t challenge the platform’s philosophical underpinning – that “life begins at conception.”
In my view, that core principle needs to be challenged. Women should have broad control over early term abortion without exception because the creation of man cannot be reduced to a mere biological event. The majesty and mystery of human life is trivialized when we equate man with a single call – the equivalent of an amoeba.
Sure, the fertilized egg has the complete DNA package, but so too does every cell scraped from my face shaving each morning – an event I don’t consider mass murder.
We can discern that conception is insufficient alone to create man by observing the common event called miscarriage. Miscarriage is not murder by God’s hand, but rather proof that God chooses, at some time after conception, when and whether to breathe life into what is, before God’s intervention, a lifeless, albeit developing, group of cells.
There is intellectual simplicity to asserting that life begins at conception, but that totally writes God out of the creative process, implying that man creates man through biology without acknowledging God’s essential role in the creative process.
Once we realize that a tiny, self-replicating clump of cells is not a human life until God intervenes, it’s easy to give women control over their bodies without the need for any exceptions.