Thursday, May 16, 2019

Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson says Alabama “has gone too far” in its “extreme” anti-abortion law because it does not include capital punishment for babies conceived in rape and incest


Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson says Alabama “has gone too far” in its “extreme” anti-abortion law because it does not include capital punishment for babies conceived in rape and incest

By Julio Severo
Christian televangelist Pat Robertson has said that he believes Alabama “has gone too far” in its “extreme” law of near total ban on abortions.
Pat Robertson
Robertson, who is a prominent pro-life evangelical leader and hopes to overturn legal abortion in the United States, made the remarks on Wednesday on The 700 Club, hours before Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the new law.
The Alabama law contains an exception for when the pregnancy creates a health or mental risk for the woman, but no exception for rape or incest. The law, which would not punish women seeking to kill her babies, would punish doctors who perform abortions with up to life in prison.
“I think Alabama has gone too far,” remarked the 89-year-old Robertson. “It’s an extreme law.”
Robertson used his The 700 Club, which is an evangelical TV show, to express his view that abortion should be legal in case of rape and incest. In answer, pro-life leader Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived in rape and was interviewed on The 700 Club on two occasions, said,
“Pat Robertson @700club, I deserved equal protection. Child sacrifice is an abomination. The child shall not be punished for the sins of the father! You're wrong to say Alabama's abortion ban was too extreme for not having a rape exception. You had me on The 700 Club twice, including airing my story. So you values my faith testimony, just not my life?!”
The Alabama law is not extreme, because by allowing abortion for health or mental risk basically allows any woman who says that she is not psychologically prepared to have a baby to have an abortion.
And if abortion is murder and a physician can be jailed, why exempt a woman using a physician to kill her baby?
Robertson, who has been an outspoken opponent of abortion, drew condemnation from the mainstream media when he implied in 2005 that Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans was God’s punishment for America’s abortion laws. So in his interpretation, would God punish America for abortion, but excuse Americans killing babies conceived in rape and incest?
If God thought as Robertson does, Rebecca Kiessling would not be alive today to tell her story. If Robertson were a lawmaker, she would not be alive to appear two times on The 700 Club to tell her story about how God preserved her life conceived in rape.
Has Robertson forgotten her story?
If it is very controversial for him, as an evangelical minister, to defend abortion in case of rape and incest, equally controversial was for him to have defended that the Trump administration should not impose any sanction on the Islamic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia because, according him, by buying many heavy and costly arms from the U.S., the Saudis make the U.S. prosper.
Robertson has already interviewed Kiessling, but he forgot. Could he have already have interviewed also some persecuted Christians from the Middle East and forgotten? Most persecution against Christians in the Middle East are led by Sunni Muslims backed by Saudi Arabia.
Pat Robertson should see babies conceived in rape and Christians persecuted by Saudi-backed Sunni Muslims just as God sees them.
With information from DailyMail.
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