From Springfield, IL today, on a tour to promote life…
The director of the local Planned Parenthood got front page coverage in the editorial section of the local paper, blasting Alveda King for spreading false information about the agenda of Planned Parenthood. Of course, they didn’t ever site any of the facts that I state whenever I deliver the talks. No mention of the abortion agenda of PPH or the eugenics agenda of PPH Founder Margaret Sanger. In recent news stories, this trend continues. Colorado abortion supporters said that denying abortion to rape and incest victims is denying that the crimes of rape and incest occurred. In all actuality, the opposite is true, aborting the babies of rape and incest victims allows the rapists and incestors to go free to commit further crimes because the babies are victims of the same crime, and their living DNA and their very live births give glaring evidence that the mothers were victimized. In another situation, abortion supporters in Mexico are saying that women are afraid to seek medical help for pregnancy complications because they might be accused or charged with abortion. Making the evil act of abortion legal is not the answer. That’s like saying that in order for a gunshot victim from a bank robbery gone bad to not be afraid to seek medical attention, we should legalize bank robberies. According to the article, “State prosecutors here in Guanajuato have opened 166 investigations for abortion in 10 years, according to women’s health advocates. Most of them do not reach a judge, but nine women have been convicted for having abortions. They were sentenced to jail, but paid a bond to finish their sentences on parole.” That’s less than one conviction per year. It appears that if a mother has done nothing wrong, the evidence will show that and therefore they should not fear getting medical attention. The abortion supporters would have you believe that it is better to legalize abortion and start killing perfectly healthy babies at a woman’s sole discretion or to have law enforcement look the other way when laws are being broken than to put a small number of women (1.38 per month) through an investigative process to rule out wrongdoing. How absurd.
If abortion is legalized, women need to be more afraid of the abortion clinics that use surgery and chemicals to violate their procreative reproductive rights! Procreative reproductive rights mean that a woman gets all the care and information about her health that will allow her to be well enough to have babies if she ever wants to. This includes information about how all forms of abortion and chemical and surgical birth control methods are dangerous to procreative reproductive health and are linked to serious illnesses like infection, breast and cervical cancer, sterilization, etc.
The following is an excerpt from Did You Know offered by Human Life Alliance and offers findings from research on rape and incest Victims
Kathleen DeZeeuw’s son Patrick was conceived in rape when she was 16. “I feel personally assaulted and insulted every time I hear that abortion should be legal because of rape and incest,” stated Kathleen. “Having lived through rape, and also having raised a child ‘conceived in rape,’ 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 of the story.”
Twenty-five years after the abortion of her child, Edith Young, a 12-year old victim of incest agonized that, “The abortion which was to ‘be in my best interest’ just has not been. As far as I can tell, it only ‘saved their [my parents’] reputations’, ‘solved their problems’ and allowed their lives to go merrily on.”
Studies show that incest victims rarely ever voluntarily agree to abortion. Instead of viewing the pregnancy as unwanted, the incest victim is more likely to see the pregnancy as a way out of the incestuous relationship because the birth of her child will expose the sexual activity.
Researchers David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie completed a nine year study on pregnancy outcomes of sexual assault victims. As part of their research the authors found that after any abortion, it is common for women to experience guilt, depression, feelings of being “dirty,” resentment of men, and lowered self-esteem. These feelings are identical to what women typically feel after rape. Abortion only adds to and accentuates the traumatic feelings associated with sexual assault. Rather than easing the psychological burdens, abortion adds to them.
The two stories above are just the beginning of what is being exposed surrounding the tragedy of abortion due to rape and incest. Reardon, Makimaa, and Sobie identified testimonies from 192 women who became pregnant as a result of rape or incest and 55 children conceived in sexual assault and compiled them in their provocative book, Victims and Victors.
Pregnancy resulting from sexual assault is actually a contraindication for abortion. A doctor treating a sexual assault victim should advise against abortion precisely because of the traumatic nature of the pregnancy. The testimonies and studies quoted in this book confirm that both the mother and child are helped by preserving life, not by perpetuating violence.
David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie.
Victims and Victors. Acorn Books, Springfield, IL
2000. pp.15-17. For further information see