The victim of a Toronto serial rapist made the courageous decision to choose life for her unborn child, even after learning that her attacker had hepatitis C.
The Toronto Sun reports Elric MacArthur, 49, is accused of raping four victims, at least one of whom became pregnant as a result of the attack. On Monday, a Canadian court heard statements from the four victims while considering whether to sentence MacArthur to life in prison, according to the report.
MacArthur reportedly had hepatitis C when he raped and impregnated the now 28-year-old victim. She told the court in a statement that she chose not to abort her unborn baby, despite the violence surrounding the child’s conception.
Here is more from the report:
His latest victim, a single pregnant mom, revealed she considered terminating her pregnancy after he invaded her east-end home in June 2013, binding, raping and forcibly confining her.
MacArthur also fondled her five-year-old daughter.
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“Not only did Elric destroy (my daughter) and I, but he almost destroyed a life that had not yet started,” wrote the now 28-year-old, who kept the baby after tests [for the disease] came up negative.
“I hope you live what time you have left in fear … I hope they eat you alive and torment every thought you have, as it will always torment me,” she said.
Abortion often is pushed on victims of rape when they are pregnant, but many victims later have said that their abortions only added to their trauma. Some have even said that their abortions felt like a second act of violence against themselves and their unborn child.
Three women who were victims of rape shared their stories with Missouri legislators in 2014 when the state was considering a new 72-hour waiting period for abortions:
“I have to say, that as a survivor of a rapist father, being forced to have an abortion was NOT better than having the baby. My father performed an abortion on me with a coat hanger the first time he made me pregnant, and my twins were forever taken from me and denied life. He did that to cover his crimes. He continued to violently abuse me and I had my first son when I was 12 years old. I love my son, who is now 47.” — Ginny
“Any traumatic experience can bring you to your knees, but rape is something different, it adds on layers of confusion to an already horrifying situation. 72 hours of well informed material and counseling would have given me time to process and make a more sound decision instead of being forced into a decision I would later regret. Rape and incest are scary enough — we must STOP compounding the pain and provide adequate compassionate care.” — A.M.
“In 1986 I had 2 abortions within a 6 month time span. The first abortion was the result of rape. If there had been a 72 hour mandatory waiting period in place at the time of my decision, I would have had time to clearly understand all options and risks involved with abortion and would have chosen life for myself and my children.” — Sherry Neuenschwander
Dr. David C. Reardon of The Elliott Institute has done research on the victims of rape and their pregnancies and abortions. He explained that the mother and unborn child, who both are victims of the violence, are not helped when the violence is perpetuated through abortion.
“Sadly, however, the testimonies of women who have actually been pregnant through sexual assault are routinely left out of this public debate,” Reardon said. “Many people, including sexual assault victims who have never been pregnant, may be forming opinions based on their own prejudices and fears rather than the real life experiences of those people who have been in this difficult situation and reality.”