Those encouraging abortion for rape victims often do so because they are uncomfortable dealing with the issue. We are encouraged to think that destroying the baby 'solves the problem'. It's seen as a "quick fix" but it avoids dealing with the woman's true emotional, social and financial needs.
The voices of rape victims all too-often go unheard. According to Kathleen DeZeeuw, "I, having lived through rape, and also having raised a child conceived in rape, feel personally assaulted and insulted every time I hear that abortion should be legal because of rape and incest. I feel that we're being used by pro-abortionists to further the abortion issue, even though we've not been asked to tell our side."
We have examined the issues of pregnancy through rape in the issues section of 'abortion' and in the sexual assault section of 'women'. In this section, we look at the issue from the view of the child; by giving a voice to children who were conceived through rape and lived.
We must recognize that the children conceived through sexual assault have a voice which deserves to be heard. Julie Makimaa, conceived by an act of rape, works diligently against the perception that abortion is acceptable or even necessary in cases of sexual assault. While naturally sympathetic to the suffering her mother endured at the hands of her attacker, Julie is also rightfully proud of her mother's courage and generosity. Regarding her own view of her origin, Julie proclaims: "It doesn't matter how I began. What matters is who I will become."
Ryan has a unique perspective of the innate nature of purpose. His biological mother was raped yet chose to go through 9 months of pregnancy, choosing to give him Life. He was adopted as a baby and grew up in a loving, multi-racial Christian family of 15, which gave him a great appreciation for diversity. Ten of the thirteen children were adopted in this remarkable family.
Layne Beachley's mother Maggie Gardner was 17, and newly arrived in Sydney from Scotland in 1971. She was date-raped after she accepted a dinner invitation from the manager of a Kings Cross modelling agency. Layne was adopted by a North Balgowlah couple and grew up on Manly Beach in Australia. In December 1999, she announced she had found her birth mother; her six straight world titles ensured the story was widely reported in the media.
Kimberley Scott was raped while her husband was away deployed for the US marines. She choose life for her baby boy, Mika.
Former Fox & Friends Weekend co-anchor Kelly Wright wrote about his mother's decision to give birth to him despite having conceived him in rape. In his book "America's Hope in Troubled Times." Wright describes how his mother was raped when she was 16 years old, and how he was the result of that rape.
Born on January 17 1927 on a cotton plantation in South Carolina, Eartha Kitt was raised by a woman called Anna Mae, who she believed was her mother. The singer later said that her father was the white son of the plantation owner, and that she had been conceived by rape. Named Eartha after the year's good crop, she lived with Anna Mae in grinding poverty until her mother met a new husband who rejected the mixed race child.
When the 2014 Miss Pennsylvania, Valerie Gatto, was in third grade, she found out the difficult truth that she had been conceived when her mother was raped at knifepoint. Gatto’s mother was only 19 years old when the attack occurred. Her assailant had plans to murder her as well, but says those plans were thwarted when a bright light from an unknown source appeared. This light gave Gatto’s mother the ability to get up and run away before he could do further harm to her. Gatto says, “I like to think of that light as my mother's and (my) guardian angel.” READ MORE HERE
Mentwabe Dawit, the mother of an Ethiopian baby adopted by Angelina Jolie, smiles in the southern city of Awasa, November 17, 2007. Mother of two-year-old Zahara, described how she was attacked one evening in 2004 after a day's work at a construction site in the southern Ethiopian town of Awasa. As she walked home in the darkness, a man approached. "He pulled a dagger, put one hand on my mouth, so that I could not scream. He then raped me and disappeared," Mentwabe told Reuters in an interview, tears streaming down her face. The 24-year-old decided to keep the assault a secret.
Lianna Rebolledo, a Mexican woman who became pregnant when she was 13 after being raped, talks about the past 20 years, the gift her daughter has been to her, and how she never considered having an abortion.
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Patricia Hamlin went looking for her birth mother and discovered later that she had been conceived in rape. She was reunited with her mother when she was 71 and her mother was 90.
Gary Moore would not be alive today if his mum hadn’t chosen to continue with her pregnancy in the face of severe family pressure to abort. His grandparents did not want her to have the baby. “She was told quite plainly to have me aborted,” said Gary. His mother refused, and was told to leave the family home. Moving away was a decision that he recognises “must have been incredibly tough for her when the other option was to have me aborted and stay at home”.
Martin Sheen was interviewed by Gay Bryne for "The Meaning of Life" and he told of his opposistion to abortion. He also relayed how his wife Janet was conceived in rape.
Listen to the testimonies of women pregnant as a result of rape in this Youtube video
Listen to the testimonies of who were conceived in rape, in this Youtube video
A man named Ken recently called in to a Washington, D.C., radio talk show discussing the question of abortion after rape. In the midst of a politically charged discussion, his personal story caught the host off guard. Ken explained that he was adopted as an infant, and at age 30, located his birth mother and learned the circumstances of his conception.
I was given the gift of life in a difficult circumstance, and believe that every child conceived deserves the same -without exception.
My daughter, whom I adopted, was conceived in rape. Her birthmother was only 13 years old. She said she was told by the abortion clinic staff that “no one will want a biracial rapist’s baby.” They refused to let her see the ultrasound picture and, although she was 20 weeks pregnant, told her that her baby wasn’t formed yet. They also told her that she was “too young” and would die if she tried to have the baby.
She was called the “Burger King Baby.” Abandoned in a fast food restroom when she was just three hours old, Katheryn Deprill launched a viral campaign to find her birth mother earlier this month. On Monday, she came face-to-face with a woman she describes as “very loving,” and learned why the woman felt she had no choice but to leave her baby in a public place.
Travon's life was turned upside down when she learned the circumstances of her conception. Conceived in rape, Travon asked her mother why she wasn't aborted. Travon’s mother saw her not as a "rape baby," but as a separate human being who needed protection.
Some people say babies conceived in rape should be aborted. Mary thinks about herself when she hears those comments; she wouldn't be here, her children wouldn't be here because she was conceived in rape. Mary knows that her life was not an accident.
Watch these interviews from women who have been raped and those who were conceived through rape. Stories of inspiration, love and courage. READ MORE HERE