On CNN's "Crossfire" tonight, co-host Sally Kohn played a clip of pro-life advocate Lila Rose telling Glenn Beck in 2011, "Abortion adds more violence to that violent act [of rape].”
Kohn then asked Rose if a woman who is raped should be forced to carry the rapist's baby to term.
Rose didn't answer the question directly, but kept pushing her pro-life views, notes Mediaite.com (video below)
“When a woman is raped, that’s a horrible injustice against her,” said Rose. “The rapist should be held to the fullest extent of the law, liable for that, culpable for that. The woman needs healing and the support of her community. But an abortion doesn’t un-rape a woman. An abortion just adds more violence on top of that first she endured.”
At point on the show, Rose said, "All abortion is horrific. Even in the first trimester. Keep in mind: hearts beating at three-and-a-half weeks."
However, the Mayo Clinic website states that in the fifth week of pregnancy:
Your baby's heart and a primitive circulatory system will form in the middle layer of cells — the mesoderm.
During the sixth week of pregnancy, the Mayo Clinic states:
The neural tube along your baby's back is closing and your baby's heart is pumping blood.
In response to Rose, NARAL president Ilyse Hogue stated, "Isn’t it great that we live in a country where Lila Rose could decide where she would choose to carry her rapist’s pregnancy to term, but her version of morality doesn’t actually dictate what I can choose to do in that moment. And that’s what religious liberty is about."