When I think about the sound and fury swirling around Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican vying for a U.S. Senate seat, my thoughts turn to Rebecca Kiessling.
In a debate this week with Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly, Mourdock defended his opposition to abortion even in cases in which a pregnancy has resulted from rape. “I think,” said Mourdock, emotionally, “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something God intended to happen.”
Rebecca, I suspect, would absolutely agree with Mourdock. Because the Michigan woman was conceived, she attests, “out of a brutal rape at knife point by a serial rapist.”
While God condemns the abominable act of rape, He has nothing but love for the innocent unborn child that, in rare cases, results from the act. And the life of that unborn child, conceived in violence, is no less precious to Him than the unborn child born in love.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the adult pregnancy rate associated with rape is 4.2 percent. That adds up to roughly 31,000 rape-related pregnancies each year to women over the age of majority.
Abortion “rights” advocates insist that those pre-born babies should not be allowed to exist. And even some of those who are otherwise “pro-life” are willing to countenance abortion in cases of rape.
Indeed, I used to be one of them. But my mind was changed by Rebecca’s powerful testimony.
Her birthmother, she says, was referred by police to a rape counselor who told her that abortion was the best thing for her to do. So she went to two different abortionists thinking she would terminate her pregnancy.
Both times Rebecca’s birthmother had misgivings – I believe it was the Holy Spirit whispering in her ear – and, ultimately, she decided to have her baby.
And, today, 44-year-old Rebecca is a married mother of five children, a family law attorney, and a pro-life Christian.
Those that are bashing Mourdock, are telling Rebecca, and telling others like her that were conceived in rape, that they should have been killed in the womb; that their birthmothers made a mistake by allowing them to be born.
“All these people are out there who don’t even know me,” says Rebecca, “are standing in judgment of my life, so quick to dismiss it just because of how I was conceived.”
For much of her life, said, she felt she had to justify her existence; to prove “I shouldn’t have been aborted and that I was worthy of living.”
And there are thousands of women and men in this country who feel exactly the way Rebecca does. Some are products of rape. Some were conceived in incest.
Abortion “rights” advocates tell them that they didn’t deserve to live.
And those same abortion “rights” advocates are now crucifying Richard Mourdock for saying to those thousands of women and men that, while they may have been conceived under ungodly circumstances, they nevertheless had the God-given right to life.