“Except In Cases of Rape or Incest”

Are you hoping that we’ll have a pro-life President in the White House next year?

It’s pretty much a “given” that all of the Democratic candidates espouse abortion rights. The Republicans candidates are, conversely, “pro-life”; but within the field are some notable differences, particularly with regard to the exception for rape and incest. Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio oppose abortion, and both insist that there should be no exception in cases of rape or incest. But others–Trump, Kasich, and Fiorina–oppose abortion generally, yet favor exceptions in cases of rape, incest or maternal endangerment.

That’s no big deal, right?

Well….

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Rebecca Kiessling

Rebecca Kiessling

Have you heard of Rebecca Kiessling? 

Rebecca is a family life attorney, a lanky blonde fireball who has built a career out of telling her life story.

You see, Rebecca’s mom was raped.  It was 1970, just three years before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land—and here in Michigan, where the brutal crime occurred, abortion was illegal.  Rebecca’s mom thought hard about obtaining a “back alley” abortion; but the callous attitude of the abortionist frightened her off, and she gave birth to a baby girl whom she placed for adoption.

Perhaps you consider yourself pro-life, “except in cases of rape or incest.”

Or perhaps you are pro-choice (at least you support choice for the mother, if not for the child), but noting the gravity of the consequences for a rape victim who is impregnated by her attacker, you support abortion “especially in cases of rape.”

Rebecca stands as a reminder that ALL children, regardless of the circumstances of their conception, have an intrinsic and inestimable worth.  All are created in the image of God.

When Rebecca first learned the truth about her father, a serial rapist, she wrestled with feelings of inadequacy, guilt and shame.  Even now, from her platform as a successful professional and a loving wife and mother, Rebecca’s vulnerability is evident.  She herself explains it best:

“Have you ever considered how really insulting it is to say to someone, ‘I think your mother should have been able to abort you’?   It’s like saying, ‘If I had my way, you’d be dead right now.’  And that is the reality with which I live every time someone says they are pro-choice or pro-life “except in cases of rape” because I absolutely would have been aborted had it been legal at the time….  I know that most people don’t put a face to this issue—for them, abortion is just a concept—with a quick cliché, they sweep it under the rug and forget about it.”

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For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  (Psalm 139:13-16)
By | 2018-01-27T17:39:59+00:00 January 11th, 2016|Politics & Culture|

7 Comments

  1. Ed Mullen January 24, 2016 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    RINOs and DEMs hate Cruz for a number of reasons totalling the essence of conservatism. When he wins the RNC nomination, RINOs will be left with a Ted or Hilarity choice, then their identity crisis will be over. They’re not Republicans.

  2. Karen January 18, 2016 at 3:06 am - Reply

    She exists because of the worst thing that ever happened to her mother. Every time her mother sees her, her mother sees her rapist. No one should have to live with that kind of torture.

    • Rebecca Kiessling January 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      You’re completely wrong — what sn ignorant, discriminatory snd hateful myth! My birthmother and her husband legally adopted me about 4 years ago. Out of all three of her children, I am the one who honors her. She says I am a blessing to her and I bring her healing. And this is exactly what research shows to be the case for rape survivor mothers and their children.

    • John Stevens January 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      “Every time her mother sees her, her mother sees her rapist.”

      If this is actually the case, then counseling is a much better response than the murder of an innocent.

  3. Ronk January 12, 2016 at 3:43 am - Reply

    I have never been able to understand why so many people say they are against abortion “except in cases of rape or incest”. It seems obvious to me that these are even LESS justifiable cases for abortion than all other cases. One very important reason is that very commonly the abortion takes place under pressure from the father in order to conceal his crime of rape or incest. Often multiple times over a period of years. And abortuaries facilitate this with their “make no records and ask no questions” policies. Even if no other abortions are made illegal, abortion after rape or incest should definitely be made illegal.

    • Micha Elyi January 13, 2016 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      I have never been able to understand why so many people say they are against abortion “except in cases of rape or incest”.
      –Ronk

      Maybe your President, who does not want his daughters to be “punished with a pregnancy” (his phrase), can explain it to you. He convinced 54% of those who say they are Catholic to vote for him.

      …very commonly the abortion takes place under pressure from the father…

      But in the large majority of cases, the abortion takes place because the mother demands one. You betcha if the laws were amended to require permission of the father before any abortion, females of all description–not just feminist ones–would be up in arms in opposition such a requirement.

      Once upon a time abortion was illegal because it suited women’s class interest that it be illegal. When women changed their minds and considered abortion to be in their class interests, abortion swiftly became legal. It’s almost as if men’s opinions didn’t matter.

  4. Dawn January 11, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU, Kathy! I never tire of the Rebecca Kiessling story! Or hearing how pro-life Ted Cruz is!

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