But even as Democrats and abortion rights groups use the controversies to reinforce allegations of a Republican-led “war on women,” don’t expect the anti-abortion movement to back away from calls for all abortions to be illegal – even for women impregnated by rape or incest.

“Philosophically, the consensus is very clearly that life is life and that it should be [sic] not be taken and that abortion is not a compassionate response to something terrible, even like rape,” said Marvin Olasky, the editor in chief of World magazine, an influential evangelical publication.

“It’s adding one terrible thing onto another terrible thing.”…

“The most eloquent defenders of the value of every human life are people like my friends Ryan Bomberger and Rebecca Kiessling [pictured above], both of whom were conceived in rape,” Charmaine Yoest,  president of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, wrote in a post for National Review Online this week.

“Today, Ryan and Rebecca are vibrant reminders of the truth that Life has value, no matter its beginnings,” she wrote.

~ Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor, “Anti-abortion movements stands by ‘no exceptions’ orthodoxy amid controversy,” August 22

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