Abuse / Violence / Forced Abortion

Baby Claire Was Saved From Abortion Because Her Mother Changed Her Mind

I was recently searching online for an encouraging pro-life story. I stumbled upon a YouTube channel called “Facing Life Head On” — http://www.facinglife.tv/ The story I watched, “A Miraculous Reversal,” brought tears to my eyes — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sqFKGUrT_o It is the story of a mother named Jamie who was addicted to drugs, struggling to survive. Jamie had a daughter named Vanessa, but since she was unable to care for her, Vanessa lived with her grandparents. Through a series of events, Jamie’s parents let her move back in with them and Vanessa. Jamie was beyond grateful for another chance to be with her daughter, but Jamie was 20 weeks pregnant. Jamie’s family decided that since she was in the early stages of drug recovery, and unstable, abortion was the only option. Thankfully, Jamie’s neighbor, Marina, who worked at a pregnancy care center, discovered her intentions. Marina knew Jamie wanted her child, but felt she had no other choice. When Jamie went in for her abortion appointment, Marina headed to the abortion business to talk to her. She was able to reach Jamie’s father, who was sitting in the parking lot. Jamie had already gone in to start the two day late-term abortion procedure… Read remainder of the story at: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/08/20/baby-claire-was-saved-from-abortion-after-her-mother-changed-her-mind/ [20 Aug 2015, http://www.lifenews.com/2015/08/20/baby-claire-was-saved-from-abortion-after-her-mother-changed-her-mind/ or see video only at — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sqFKGUrT_o...

‘Choice’ Isn’t the Real Reason Pregnant Women Consider an Abortion…

The U.K.’s Alliance of Pro-Life Students (APS) released an eye-opening perspective piece written by a pregnancy center volunteer who has interacted with hundreds of women seeking abortions. Her experience shatters common perceptions painted by the abortion movement, which suggest that virtually all women who undergo abortions do so as an exercise of their own free will and rights. On the contrary, according to APS’s anonymous guest blogger, “the word ‘choice’ is often the last word a woman in a crisis pregnancy feels applies to her when she’s looking for an abortion.” The volunteer enumerates the many reasons that motivate women to seek abortion. Indeed compelling, the reasons indicate that these women are certainly in crisis. But not, the volunteer explains, because they are pregnant. Rather, the crisis is the reaction of those closest in their lives to the news. “The crisis,” she says, “is the fact that her workplace is prejudiced against pregnant women, or that she feels she has to do what her partner says, or that she is not financially stable, or that her boyfriend won’t commit, or that she is in an abusive relationship, or that she is being threatened with homelessness.” Pregnancy magnifies these tragedies in the woman’s life, and the natural conclusion for many is that by eliminating the preborn child, the crisis will go away. In reality, the crisis remains without the child who seems to be exacerbating her ordeal. The writer shares the story of a woman who was utterly under the control of her child’s father. He had the power to have her deported or ejected penniless onto the streets. “She...

African-American Pro-Life Leaders Say Black Lives Matter, So They’re Protesting Abortion (2015)

‘Bloody Sunday’ is a moment forever etched in the history of the civil rights movement in America. What should have been a peaceful march for the rights of blacks to vote without hindrance became a gruesome scene of police brutality on display. The images of police battering protestors on Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama gave the world a picture of the high price people would pay for human rights. With the widespread popularity of the Oscar-winning film Selma, those key events in this small Alabama town have become all the more iconic in our culture. On June 19 and 20, 2015, pro-life leaders from across the country will gather in Selma, Alabama to march over Edmund Pettus Bridge in protest of the greatest injustice facing black Americans today. Catherine Davis, President of the Restoration Project, is leading efforts to bring national attention to the harmful activity of Central Alabama Women’s Clinic. Run by abortion doctor Samuel G. Lett, the site is operating illegally as an abortion shop. Under section 420-5-1-.01 (e) of Alabama regulations, medical facilities that do more than nine abortions per month must be licensed as an abortion facility. According to news reports, an investigation by Life Legal Defense Foundation, CEC for Life and Operation Rescue revealed through documented phone calls that the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic is doing more abortions than the law allows for a medical facility. Statistics show that black women have the highest abortion rates of any race in our country. Sadly, as in the case of infamous abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, they are the ones that fall victim to the worst...

Sheryl Had an Abortion After a Brutal Rape, Says “The Abortion Just Traumatized Me Further” (2015)

Right to Life of Michigan recently published a video about a woman named Sheryl who was violently raped and became pregnant. The video is a part of a series called The Compassion Project, which features women who’ve been affected by abortion. The truth is sometimes women make the irreversible choice to have an abortion without knowing about the various side effects that decision can bring. As LifeNews previously reported, studies show that over 65% of women who have abortions suffer from post-abortive syndrome, 31% have health complications, and post abortive women are six-times more likely to commit suicide than women who give birth. Also, many women who have abortions are coerced or forced into it by parents, partners or abusers. For these women, this “choice” society brags about really isn’t one at all. In the video, Sheryl said the following about the rape and her abortion: “It was acquaintance rape and he denied everything. Next thing I know, I’m in an abortion and I just pretty much went and totally shut down. I just wish society would realize the long-term effect that abortion has on women even in the case of rape. You know, to further traumatize a woman the way I’ve been further traumatized. I just don’t want this to happen to no one else.” Thankfully, the pro-life community wants to offer hope to women who’ve been traumatized by abortion. If you are suffering from your abortion, reach out to Silent No More, Rachael’s Vineyard, and Abortion Recovery International (ARIN) to receive healing and help. Watch a short clip from Sheryl’s video below and listen to her entire...

Man Gets 50 Years for Raping 14-Year-Old Teen and Forcing Her to Have Abortion

A 54-year-old Texas pedophile has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after authorities say he raped and impregnated a teen and then forced an abortion on her. According to court testimony, Mauricio Hernandez, who worked as an Irving Independent School District custodian sexually assaulted the 14-year-old victim, impregnated her, then gave her pills forcing her to deliver a baby in a soccer park portable toilet in April 2013. The victim told police that Hernandez was a father figure to the teen who referred to him as “dad.” Hernandez often took the teen to soccer practice. When the teen was about eight months pregnant she and the rapist were at the soccer field when the baby was delivered in a porta-potty bathroom. The victim said she heard a “large plop,” looked into the waste tank and saw a “small hand in the blue water,” according to the police report. Police said that the 8th grade victim’s mother noticed that her daughter was bleeding. The victim was taken the hospital where she identified Hernandez as the man who impregnated and raped her. She also spoke up about the eight month pregnancy and giving birth to a baby. The victim’s mother testified that she did not know about the sexual relationship or pregnancy until after her daughter delivered the baby and came home bleeding… For remainder of article, visit —...

Infant Euthanasia Practiced in North Korea on Disabled Children (2006)

A North Korean refugee has said [Times] that “racially mixed” babies born in the isolated communist state are regularly killed by doctors. A North Korean doctor, Ri K., told the UK paper that babies conceived by Chinese fathers are targeted in the North Korean government’s racial purity program. “There are no people with physical defects in North Korea,” Ri said. Such babies were put to death by medical staff and buried quickly, he said at a forum on human rights in Seoul. The revelation follows previous reports that the children of female prisoners in forced labour camps are killed either after or before birth by forced abortion. A survey conducted by the Korean Bar Association showed that of 100 North Koreans who had defected to the South, over half indicated they had witnessed or heard of imprisoned pregnant women who were forced to have abortions. In 2005 the Office of the United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights included forced abortion and infanticide in its 2005 report on human rights violations in North Korea. A report says that from cradle to grave, “North Korean citizens are surrounded by the all-encompassing presence of the ‘Great Leader’ (the late Kim Il Sung) and his son, the ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong Il.” The Times quotes one woman, 30-year-old “Han,” who said she was sold into sexual slavery to a Chinese farmer near the Great Wall and caught by Chinese police and deported back to Korea. She has since escaped with assistance from Helping Hands Korea and has testified that her unborn child was killed by Korean prison guards. Related: Report Shows Forced...

North Korean Killing of Disabled Babies Exposes ‘Racial Purity’ Eugenics (2006)

Accounts from North Korean escapees continue to collect that disabled babies are being routinely killed soon after birth and pregnant women whose babies are suspected of having Chinese fathers are being subjected to forced abortions. Escapees say that this selective killing is part Kim Jong-il’s policy of racial purity and supremacy. Ri Kwang-chol, a North Korean doctor who escaped last year, recently told a forum in the southern city of Seoul, “There are no people with physical defects in North Korea.” He said that medical staff kill disabled newborns and bury them quickly. Other witnesses said that they saw infants being thrown into boxes with plastic sheeting and left to die. After two days, two of the babies were still blinking, so a guard beat them with forceps. The aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières left the country in 1998 after the government refused to let the group enter the “9-27 camps,” where disabled and ill children were being dumped. [The Sunday Times (London), 10/15/06; Int’l Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Update 2006, Vol 20, No...

At 17, I Was Drugged and Raped … But Abortion Only Added More Baggage

Note: The following is a guest post from a member of the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant By Sexual Assault (WPSA). I’ve been there. I was 17, drugged and raped. When I learned I was pregnant, my family, counselors, and doctors took control. They intended the best. They wanted to help me. And even though there are literally no studies showing any benefit from abortion, they had total confidence in the social myth that abortion is the best option, even the only option, in cases of sexual assault. Even many pro-lifers approve of abortions in cases of rape. So surely it must be the best choice, right? Not in my case. It just added more layers of trauma, self-doubt, grief and guilt. The negative impact lasted for years. I’m not alone. A national study found that half of the estimated 32,000 rape pregnancies which occur each year end in abortion. Note: half. Not even 60 percent. That so many women choose to give birth after rape, despite the social expectations and pressure to abort, should give you pause. Why aren’t all rape victims embracing the conventional wisdom that abortion is the best treatment for rape pregnancies? A hint is found in another study of 164 women who had rape pregnancies (conducted for the book Victims and Victors). In that study, the majority of those who had abortions said it only caused additional problems and the vast majority regretted having abortions. By contrast, among those who delivered the child, satisfaction was higher and none stated any regret for giving birth. Why are these facts so little known? It is...

‘Burger King Baby,’ Conceived in Rape, Establishes Relationship with Birth Mom (2014)

‘Burger King Baby,’ Conceived in Rape and Spared Abortion, Establishes Relationship with Birth Mom She was called the “Burger King Baby.” Abandoned in a fast food restroom when she was just three hours old, Katheryn Deprill launched a viral campaign to find her birth mother earlier this month. On Monday, she came face-to-face with a woman she describes as “very loving,” and learned why the woman felt she had no choice but to leave her baby in a public place. The birth mother, whose name has not been released, was only 17 when a stranger raped her during a family vacation. Anxious that her parents would not believe she had been raped, she concealed her pregnancy. Deprill's “mom was raped in a foreign country and gave birth to Katheryn in her bedroom,” explained John Waldron, an Allentown attorney who helped bring the two women together for only the second time in their lives. Her mother said that she never considered abortion. But she knew she could not raise a child. Today, it is possible to leave babies at hospitals, fire stations, or other facilities with no questions asked. That wasn't true in 1986. Most states had more rigorous procedures for relinquishing a newborn child, which would not allow the mother to conceal Katheryn's presence from her parents. Her birth mother took Deprill to a Burger King on South Fourth Street in Allentown on September 15, 1986. She wrapped her snugly in a maroon shirt in the women's room and placed her gently on the floor. “She kissed the baby on the forehead, Katheryn, and left,” Waldron said. “She left...

Human Sex Trafficking – Abortion Link

Almost 19 Million People Are Enslaved in the Commercial Sex Industry & Abortion Link When you hear the term “human sex trafficking,” your thoughts probably go to some foreign land. Yet, the reality is that this crisis is taking place in your own backyard, in communities across America. It’s closer and more prevalent than you may realize. And abortion is part of the equation. Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery, claiming the lives of countless women and children. Worldwide, it’s estimated that nearly 19 million people are enslaved in the commercial sex industry. The FBI reports that the average age of entry into sex trafficking is 12 to 14. Young girls, and sometimes boys, are lured in by pimps who promise a better life, love and acceptance or fame. One of the common tactics is to pose as an agent offering the girl a career in modeling. The girls are enticed, then manipulated, intimidated and overpowered, in most cases violently. Some are beaten, raped and forced into submission. In addition to the physical harm, the psychological abuse debilitates a girl’s sense of self. They’re brainwashed into believing that they are nothing. They’re told that no one will want them because of what they’ve done. Most disturbing, their lives can be threatened if they try to resist. It’s the ultimate victimization of body, mind and soul. Beyond the statistics are the personal and wrenching stories Jane (name has been changed) was just 14 and had grown up in an abusive home. Her mother was a drug addict, so she lived with her father. Her father’s roommate molested her....

Newborn Baby Found Alive, Abandoned in Apartment Dumpster

[This is one heart-breaking example of babies who are weekly abandoned, beaten, killed, or left to die…] In yet another abandoned baby case, a newborn was found alive abandoned in an apartment dumpster in Houston, Texas. LifeNews has reported on a number of cases in recent months of babies who have been abandoned in a variety of places and left to die. These kinds of cases are occurring despite laws in numerous states helping to protect newborns from infanticide by allowing a mother to surrender her baby at someplace such as a hospital or fire station so the newborn can be cared for and placed with an adoptive family instead of killed....

Ken’s Story: Conceived in Rape, Born for Love

Ken’s Story: Conceived in Rape, Born for Love A man named Ken recently called in to a Washington, DC radio talk show discussing the question of abortion after rape. In the midst of a politically charged discussion, his personal story caught the host off guard. Ken explained that he was adopted as an infant, and at age 30, located his birth mother and learned the circumstances of his conception.     “Her story was that she was hit over the head with a baseball bat and was raped at 15. So she went away to Catholic Charities, had me, made the brave decision to keep me — and, well, keep me alive. And then I was adopted and I have three beautiful children now, have been married for 15 years – and I would just like to speak up for those [voice breaks] who have no voice.” Ken defended both women who are the victims of rape, and their innocent children who are conceived in violence:     “It really eats me up when I hear people talk about rape, because it is horrible. My mother won’t tell me what my father’s name is because he threatened to kill her if she ever said anything. So she has not told me his name, but if I was ever to meet him, the first thing I would probably do is punch him. I think rape is horrible, but what I want to say to women out there is: you can take something that was terribly done to you, and make something good out of it. And that’s, [voice breaks] that’s me.” At...

What About Rape?

What About Rape? Woman Conceived in Rape: How Pro-Lifers Should Handle the Rape Question Pro-Life Group Demands Candidate Training After Akin Rape Dust-up Social Myths About Abortion After Rape Let's Listen to the Victims of Rape Women Pregnant By Sexual Assault – WPSA / Special Report on Sexual Assault Pregnancy and Abortion… What About Rape? During the 2012 Election, those in favor of abortion often referred to rape as a reason why abortion should remain legal in all 9 months of pregnancy, for whatever reason. Most people, including many pro-life individuals, avoid the question of whether abortion is “ok” in the cases of rape. But it’s time for the pro-life movement to have an open, honest discussion about the tragedy of rape and abortion. Join SFLA this Thursday, November 15th at 8:30pm(EST)/7:30pm(CST), at www.WhatAboutRape.com to WATCH the live “What about Rape?” discussion at University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, and get ready to hear this issue be talked about in a way you have never before heard! ** This week, advertise this event on campus with our sample flyer, gather your group, and, then on Thursday, watch the live discussion featuring a rape survivor who became pregnant, an OB/GYN, and a person conceived during a rape. [Students for Life, 13 Nov 12] Woman Conceived in Rape: How Pro-Lifers Should Handle the Rape Question Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock ultimately lost their races for the U.S. Senate in part because of a controversy created after both answered media questions about their position opposing abortion in cases of rape or incest. Rebecca Kiessling, a pro-life attorney conceived in rape, says...

'Rape Hurt My Mother, But Abortion Devastated Her' … Women Pregnant by Sexual Assault (WPSA)

"Rape Hurt My Mother, But Abortion Devastated Her" This comment was recently posted to our web site: My mother was raped at age 16. Her parents forced her to have an abortion. She stopped going to church, dropped out of high school and became depressed. Her young adulthood was during WWII and she had a problem with relationships. She eventually married my father after only a two week courtship and she told him what a horrible woman she was because of the abortion. They vowed to have as many children as possible. God sent them ten children and she lost one to miscarriage; she mourned the lost baby along with her aborted child. When she was pregnant with me, her third child in four years, the doctor told her she wasn’t really pregnant and that he would remove some tissue. She knew what he meant and got another doctor. I told my dad how blessed I was that mom knew what he meant and he then told me, 60 years later, that the reason she knew was because of the rape and subsequent abortion. She took this secret to her grave and I would have never known except my dad was praising me for getting involved in the pro-life movement through 40 Days for Life. I was almost not here along with my four children and six grandchildren. My dad told me she mourned that aborted child her whole life and she never forgot and never received healing. My mother died at age 67 and I was told her secret when I was 60. Rape hurt my mother, but...

Abortion Following Rape…Pregnant Sexual Assault Victims

Abortion is to rape and incest what morphine is to pain — a superficially appealing, temporarily relieving, woefully inadequate response to something serious. The immediate benefits only mask the deeper wounds, which can fester to the point of great injury. A physician would never 'treat' his patient only with morphine unless his was a hopeless case. To 'treat' rape and incest pregnancies with abortion is a way of saying these women are hopeless cases — violated, tainted, damaged goods, for whom abortion is a way to scrub away the 'scarlet letter.'[67]     Women Who Became Pregnant Through Rape Renew Calls for Congressional Hearings: Group Asks Both Sides to Listen to and Respond to Real Needs of Pregnant Sexual Assault Victims We are members of the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant by Sexual Assault (WPSA). This group was formed eight years ago to petition Congress to hold hearings on the issue of abortion in cases of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. So far, however, this petition has not been heard by political leaders on either side of the aisle, or by most in the pro-choice or pro-life communities. Many people have strong opinions about abortion in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. However, the real experiences and needs of women who have actually experienced pregnancies from sexual assault are often ignored, even though our experiences are frequently used to promote abortion on demand. Recently, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding remarks made by Congressman Todd Akin about abortion and rape. From the perspective of those of us who have actually been through a...

Calculating Pregnancy Probability Due to Rape

   [My mother] finally approved of her unwanted one, whom she had borned so long ago in such great pain and sorrow and humiliation …     Some people disclaim their natural heritage. I always name my origin. It didn't hold me back and neither has my color. I was born in poverty. My father raped my mother when she was 12. Now they've named a park for me in Chester, Pennsylvania.                                                                                            Great Singer Ethel Waters     CALCULATION OF PREGNANCY PROBABILITY DUE TO RAPE                                                                                      Possible Rape-Induced Sociological, Physical, or Demographic Factor                             Pregnancies Assume an initial sample rape victim    population of 100,000.                                                            100,000 Factors Affecting the Woman's Fertility. About one-third of all rape victims are    postmenopausal or have not yet reached    menarche (first menstruation), and are    therefore generally sterile. Of those    victims that are of childbearing age,    47 percent have been rendered permanently    sterile due to elective surgery or    environmental effects. Finally, about 40    percent of all non-sterile women of    childbearing age are temporarily sterile    due to contraception use. This means that    (100% – 33%) X (100% – 47%) X (100% – 40%)    = 18.9% of rape victims were fertile at    the time of the attack.[A]                                        100,000 X 21.3% = 21,300 A woman is fertile only three days out of    a typical 28-day cycle. Furthermore, even    if all conditions are ideal and both man    and woman are fertile, and intercourse takes    place on every fertile day, pregnancy will    take an average of five months (or a total    of...

The Truth about Forcible Rape, or Political Hysteria

Akin Not Far Off Base in Rape Comment Exclusive: Jane M. Orient, M.D., says political demagoguery is replacing science “From what I understand from doctors, that’s (conception as a result of rape) really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” – Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. All decent people, including U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, agree that forcible rape is a heinous crime. Almost all would agree that illegitimate (false) accusations of rape occur – there’s the case of the Duke lacrosse players, for example. All reasonable people, including Todd Akin, agree that pregnancy can result from forcible rape – but there is scientific disagreement on how likely it is. A 1988 textbook, the second edition of “Human Sex and Sexuality” by Edwin B. Steen and James H. Price, estimates a 2 percent pregnancy rate. A 2012 textbook, “Comprehensive Gynecology,” 6th edition, gives an estimate of between 2 percent and 5 percent and states that “in the experience of most sexual assault centers, the chance of pregnancy occurring is quite low.” Estimates depend on flawed methods, with inevitable biases. An experiment to give an accurate figure is, of course, impossible. And does the estimate really matter to the woman who has been raped? Either she gets pregnant, or she doesn’t. Is the risk of pregnancy lower with forcible rape, and if so, why? Off the cuff, Todd...

Pregnancy Through Violent Sexual Assault / Forcible Rape

Women Who Became Pregnant Through Sexual Assault Say, "Ask Us" Petition Signers Say Using Their Situation to Promote Abortion Stops Women from Getting Authentic Help Abortion and sexual assault pregnancy is a difficult issue for many people, especially since no one wants to hurt those who have already been traumatized. For many, abortion seems like a compassionate answer for women and girls who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest. But a group of women who experienced pregnancies resulting from sexual assault say that policymakers need to listen to those who've been there, instead of using this issue to promote abortion. More than 30 women have signed a petition asking congress and state legislators to hold hearings and give women a chance to tell their stories, discuss the impact of abortion and share their unique needs and concerns [http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/OnePageFactSheets/HardCasesPetition.pdf ]. These women note that discussions by "legislators, judges and policy makers" on this issue "take place without ever first soliciting our input," and that abortion promotion stops women from receiving help and support. These views are expressed in their petition [ http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/OnePageFactSheets/HardCasesPetition.pdf ], which reads in part: We are deeply offended and dismayed each time our difficult circumstances are exploited for public consumption to promote the political agenda of others. This is a grave injustice. In pursuing their political agendas, these exploiters have reduced our concerns, needs and circumstances to a crude caricature.  … Only we who have actually experienced a sexual assault pregnancy truly understand the trauma, fears, concerns and needs of our sisters who are, or will someday become, pregnant as a result of rape...