Meet Ed Mohs, a husband, father, grandfather, engineer, local pro-life activist and Republican PCO. Ed was concieved through rape, and is a reminder of the personhood of every child in the womb, no matter the circumstances of their conception.
If the child in the womb is a person, so must it be that a child in the womb who is a product of rape. When politicians say they're "pro-life", but with the exceptions of rape and incest and health/life of the mother, they leave these people out and fail to make the case that any pre-born children are worthy of protection. In fact, this is what happened in Roe vs. Wade, when Texas and other state prohibitions on abortions were examined in light of the question of whether or not the fetus was entitled to Fourteenth Amendment protections as a person. Here it is from that famous court opinion, delivered by Justice Blackmun:
When Texas urges that a fetus is entitled to Fourteenth Amendment protection as a person, it faces a dilemma. Neither in Texas nor in any other State are all abortions prohibited. Despite broad proscription, an exception always exists. The exception contained in Art. 1196, for an abortion procured or attempted by medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother, is typical. But if the fetus is a person who is not to be deprived of life without due process of law, and if the mother's condition is the sole determinant, does not the Texas exception appear to be out of line with the Amendment's command?
If there will ever be any challenge to Roe vs. Wade, it must be done by establishing the personhood of all preborn children...no exceptions. Some say that this isn't pragmatic enough, that we must "chip away" at Roe. Nonsense. This will put us right back to where we started.
But putting aside the legal questions, let us remember that by accepting the idea that it is "pro-life" even when one has these "exceptions", we leave out people like Ed. See also, Rebecca Kiessling.