Abortion activists slammed a pro-life Oklahoma lawmaker this week after he repeatedly was pried by a fellow lawmaker to answer whether he believes rape or incest are the “will of God.”
The questioning surrounded a bill authored by Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught, according to Raw Story. His bill, state House Bill 1549, would prohibit abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome and other genetic abnormalities.
According to the report:
Oklahoma State Rep. Cory Williams (D) asked Rep. George Faught — who authored the bill — if rape is the “will of God.”
“Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened,” Faught began. “The Lord uses all circumstances. I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality unfortunately,” he said.
Williams followed up, asking if incest is the “will of God.”
“Same answer. Doesn’t deal with this bill,” Faught said. Williams argued that the questions matter to the legislation, given that Faught was unwilling to make exceptions in the case of rape or incest. “You are proffering a divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that and so I think it is very important.”
“This body wants to know — and myself personally — whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God,” Williams questioned.
“It’s a great question to ask,” said Faught. “And, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened, but — so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life and I disagree with that.”
Later, Faught told a local NBC News outlet: “Life, no matter how it is conceived, is valuable and something to be protected. Let me be clear, God never approves of rape or incest. However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes.”
Several liberal media outlets, including Raw Story, the Huffington Post and Mic, slammed Faught and claimed that he believes rape and incest are “the will of God.”
Rape is a very sensitive topic, and for good reason. Sexual abuse is a terrible crime. Pro-abortion lawmakers, however, often exploit the victims of sexual abuse to push abortion and attempt to vilify pro-lifers as insensitive and cruel.
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Some women’s groups have criticized abortion activists for constantly assuming that women who become pregnant through rape want abortions.
The Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant by Sexual Assault, which does not take a position on abortion, wrote in 2012:
“[There] are those who perpetuate the myth that women and girls who become pregnant from sexual assault overwhelmingly want, need and benefit from having abortions. This also hurts women and fans the flames of prejudice toward those who do not want to have an abortion, even leading some to question whether a woman or girl who wishes not to abort has ‘really’ been raped. And it can lead to strong pressure to abort by those who think the woman or girl does not know what is really best for her.”
Many in the pro-life movement are actively involved in helping sexual assault victims and their children. Some pro-life groups are advocating for laws that would stop rapists from getting custody of their child. Pro-life pregnancy centers provide counseling, resources and encouragement to women, especially when they are being pressured to abort their unborn child conceived in rape.
As Faught said, a number of women who conceived babies in rape believe their child is a blessing, despite the violence that caused their pregnancy.
Betty Michael Esene, a member and blogger for Save The 1 – connecting with and encouraging other mothers who became pregnant by rape – said she seriously considered having an abortion after she was raped and became pregnant. But today she is glad she chose life for her son.
“Now I look at him and wonder how I could have ever rejected such a glorious blessing — he is the most wonderful and sweetest gift that life has given me,” Esene wrote.