Woman Who Was Raped on Why She Rejected Abortion: “That May be the Only Kid You Have”

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 13, 2015   |   7:31PM   |   Washington, DC

Her unborn child was the product of rape. She he didn’t even know how to feed a baby or change a diaper – but she chose life.

The mother and sexual assault victim recently shared her experience with Humans of St. Louis:

“I got raped and I decided to have the kid, to let the kid have a life. When I first had a baby, I didn’t know how to feed it or change its diaper. My son is 34-years-old now. He asked me, ‘Mom, why did you let me live?’ People ask him questions. It’s none of their business. It was hard, but then it was easy. He’s got his own house. His own car. He’s got kids of his own.”

“Why did you decide to keep the child?”

“Why shouldn’t I? If you get an abortion, you might want that kid back. And that may be the only kid you can have.”

Her’s is one of many stories documented at LifeNews from women who chose life after being sexually assaulted. Robyn McLean, a pastor’s daughter, refused to abort her unborn son after she was brutally raped by her fiance.

McLean shared her thoughts with LifeNews:

Society says, “Who wants this child?”, “Who wants these memories?”, “Do you realize whose kid I’d be keeping?!”, “I don’t want that tied to me!”

Whether or not I wanted him does not define [my son’s] character, value or worth.

My emotions will never change who he is as a person, no matter what age he is. Who his biological father is doesn’t change that either. I am so proud of my son and the love he emanates. I am proud of how strong he is (and was in the womb). I am proud of the joy he brings into people’s lives and how inclusive he is.

Though abortion is frequently suggested to women who have been raped, many choose life for their babies. Abortions because of rape account for 1 percent of the 1.1 million abortions that occur in the U.S. every year.

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Numerous people conceived in rape also are speaking up. Rebecca Kiessling learned that she was conceived in rape when she was 18 years old. Instantly, she said she felt targeted and devalued by society.

“Why should I have to prove my worth and my right to life?” Kiessling said in a column for LifeNews. “Right away, I felt I was in a position where I would have to justify my own existence – that I would have to prove myself to the world that I shouldn’t have been aborted and that I was worthy of living.”

Now Kiessling works to defend babies like herself by helping people understand their value, identity and worth.