Yesterday former US senator and presidential candidate John Edwards was indicted for spending campaign funds to hide the pregnancy of his mistress, Rielle Hunter. From ABC:

Edwards faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail and or a fine of up to $250,000 for each charge, if convicted….

[P]rosecutors claim Edwards engaged in a conspiracy to protect his “public image as a devoted family man.” It alleges that Edwards was a direct participant, if not the architect, of a plot to solicit huge sums of money from two key political donors to cover up an affair that could have literally blown up his 2008 presidential bid….

[Former aide Andrew] Young and his wife have estimated that it cost Edwards’ benefactors $1 million in cash, private jets and hotel rooms to cover up the affair and Hunter’s pregnancy.

And the fallout continues for former CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after it was publicly revealed 2 weeks ago that he had fathered a son, now 13 years old, via a household staffer. Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, left him, and now at least one of their children has, too. According to The Examiner May 30:

On Monday it was learned… Patrick Schwarzenegger… moved out of the family home to rented apartment near UCLA.

Patrick, 17, had been living solo in the family’s massive Brentwood mansion since May 16 when his father announced publicly he had an illicit affair with a household staffer over a decade ago that resulted in a child…. This was presumably the first time Patrick learned he had another sibling….

[Shriver] moved out of the home earlier this year and Schwarzenegger has been staying at the family’s vacation home in Sun Valley, Idaho….

Neither of these stories would have exploded on the national scene, or even been learned of by the wives and families, had the mothers aborted. The children are themselves innocent victims at the same time they are blessings.

Meanwhile these tragedies demonstrate the failure of the free love/contraceptive mentality, which our community also teaches against.

How should pro-lifers respond for scandals such as this?

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