15-Year-Old Bravely Rejected Abortion After Rape, She Has No Regrets Years Later

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 28, 2022   |   10:25AM   |   Washington, DC

Ayala was still in elementary school when a relative living with her family began sexually abusing her.

She was raped for the first time at age 11 and became pregnant at age 15. But despite the abuse, the fear and panic, and an unsupportive family, Ayala realized that she could not abort her unborn baby.

“Our children are not responsible for the crimes of their fathers and are completely innocent, unique human beings from the moment of conception,” she told The Federalist in a new interview. “They’re deserving of the right to life just like anyone else.”

The now 19-year-old is a pro-life advocate with Students for Life and the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU). She also advocates for women and unborn babies on social media, including TikTok and Twitter.

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Ayala (her Hebrew name) said she began suffering sexual abuse at the hands of a relative during the summer of her fifth-grade year.

“Progressively, it got more and more intense to the point where I was being raped pretty often. I was raped more times than I could count,” she remembered.

Terror hit her when, at age 15, she realized that she was pregnant by him.

“I had this man who was willing to hurt me very terribly. What would he be willing to do to my unborn child and me if he found out I was pregnant? I was worried that he would kill me,” she told The Federalist.

To society, abortion would seem like the best solution, but the young teen wisely recognized that her child’s life was too valuable to destroy.

Ayala’s thoughts turned to her child more and more as she began noticing pregnant women and mothers with children around her. She said she saw “the beauty of motherhood” and began to think, “Maybe I could do this? Maybe it’s going to be OK; maybe I can tell someone what happened?”

Ayala chose life for her unborn daughter, Rachel, but tragically miscarried one day at school, according to the report.

“I went to the bathroom and had this overwhelming feeling of dread. I was crying. I had never felt that much panic in a single moment before,” she said.

The interview continues:

Not long after this experience, Ayala met her boyfriend, and he urged her to tell the police about her relative’s abuse. After doing so, she was assigned a social worker who scheduled an interview with her abuser. He confessed to his misdeeds, but the district attorney dropped the case in a bizarre turn of events.

“Everyone was confused as to why,” she said sorrowfully, “but that was the outcome of my case. And it is the outcome for many girls just like me.”

Even though she only carried her unborn daughter for a short time, Ayala believes Rachel’s life had meaning and purpose. Her child’s existence has been “inspiring and helping me think, you know, maybe this rape isn’t the rest of my life,” she told the news outlet.

Frequently, Ayala has to contend with abortion supporters who reject her daughter’s value. In June, while she was protesting outside the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion activists called her “disgusting” and cruel for believing unborn babies conceived in rape deserve a right to life, according to the report.

However, the young pro-life advocate also has received thanks from other abuse victims for sharing her story. She said they “have reached out and thanked me for my voice when I speak out about how [abortion advocates] don’t speak for all rape survivors, they don’t speak for the women who get pregnant from rape and love our children.”

Ayala said she loves her daughter and mourns her death every day, and she wants people to see Rachel’s value.

“Children like mine don’t deserve to be erased because of the way they were conceived or because they seem inconvenient to the rest of society,” she said.