The question of abortion in cases of rape concerns many Americans. Should it not be allowed even in those cases, they ask, especially when they think of their own daughters.
It is understandable and natural to want to protect one’s own daughter. But that’s precisely why abortion is not the solution, even if she is raped. Rape causes a trauma, and abortion causes yet another one. An abortion does not un-rape a woman, but adds another layer of shame and guilt upon an already wounded soul.
The book “Victims and Victors” talks about studies of women who, having conceived through rape, had abortions, but then suffered more from the abortion than from the rape.
Protecting our daughters means doing all we can to keep them safe both from rape and abortion.
Many people who oppose abortion nevertheless think it should be allowed in cases of rape. They want, of course, to be on the side of the woman who was victimized. So do we all. And being on her side does not mean being against her baby. We can love them both.
The truth is that she wants us to love them both. Studies of women who conceived through rape reveal that such women do not want abortions. It is people around them who jump to the conclusion that abortion is the best solution.
But the women themselves don’t want it. They want to be healed of the trauma caused by the violence inflicted on them. And they know instinctively that committing another act of violence against someone else will not bring that healing.
Listen to these words by Kahtleen 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 to further the abortion issue, even though we’ve not been asked to tell our side of the story.”
The story of Kathleen and of many other mothers who are rape survivors can be found in the book “Victims and Victors.” None of those who bring these children to birth ever say that they regret having their child. Yet those who abort after conceiving in rape usually suffer more from the abortion than from the rape. Find out more at priestsforlife.org.