Victims and Victors

Why are so many people willing to condemn a totally innocent unborn baby to death when even its rapist father doesn’t merit the death penalty?

Chrissy’s Site Bites:

Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault

This compelling book addresses the complex issues surrounding sexual assault pregnancy and abortion in a clear and insightful manner. Drawn from a survey of nearly 200 women who experienced rape or incest pregnancies, Victims and Victors reveals a seldom-heard truth: that most women who become pregnant through sexual assault do not want abortions! Victims and Victors lays out a clear argument against abortion in cases of sexual assault and gives pro-lifers the tools they need to combat the argument that abortion is helpful–or even necessary–for women facing a sexual assault pregnancy.


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3 responses to “Victims and Victors

  1. Some years ago, I heard Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics speak on this subject. He talked about a woman he knew (wish I could remember her name) who learned as an adult that she had been conceived as a result of rape. She was naturally very interested in the topic, and she tried to find as many women as she could who had become pregnant as a result of rape — not an easy thing, since rape seldom results in pregnancy, but she managed to find a fairly large group of them who were willing to be interviewed. As it turned out, roughly half of the women in her study had chosen to abort, while the rest had carried to term and either raised the child themselves or released him/her for adoption. The truly stunning thing she learned from interviewing these women was that of the first group (the ones who had aborted), the overwhelming majority admitted that they regretted their choice, and said that if they had it to do over they would carry to term. Of the second group — the ones who did not abort — there was not a single one who regretted her decision.

    Back when I used to do media work for Wisconsin Right to Life, this topic came up all the time — some pro-abort in the audience would always play the “rape and incest” card. My response was usually something along the lines of “the baby did not rape the mother” and “you can’t undo the rape by killing the baby” and “in this country, we do not execute children for the crimes of their fathers.” Unfortunately at that time I didn’t know about the study that Mark talked about, so I didn’t have that in my arsenal. But I found it interesting that everyone (including some pro-lifers!) just automatically assumed that when a women is pregnant as a result of involuntary intercourse, that abortion is somehow beneficial, even justified. I was horrified to hear a priest whom I had at one time respected espouse this very position, and attempt to justify it with some convoluted argument he’d picked up from somewhere or other, about how the mother was only repelling the aggressor, etc. etc. I lost all respect for him at that point.

    This is a major hot button issue with me (can you tell?), and I could rant and rave about it from here to eternity, but I’ll shut up now. Temporarily, anyway.


  2. chrissythehyphenated

    You and I can rant about it together until we faint from using up all the oxygen in the room :).

    I heard Crutcher on that same topic and tried unsuccessfully yesterday to find the title of the book that lady wrote to put in this post. If it’s the same lady … Hmm. The one I’m thinking of tracked her birth mother down and learned from her about the rape. She said before that, she’d had no qualms about rape abortions. Now, she says her birth mother is her hero and encourages pregnant rape survivors to be heroes and choose life.

    She reported that a lot of the rape survivors who aborted were never counseled or given much of a choice about the abortion. They said they healed from the rape just fine because they hadn’t done anything to deserve it or bring it on. The abortions, not so much, because THAT they had participated in, at least to the point of not refusing or even discussing it.

    Morally, there is all the difference in the world between being the victim of a violent crime and being the perpetrator of a violent crime. Rape victims need counseling and support, not empty wombs.


    • I think I’ll try to get in touch with Mark and see if I can find out that woman’s name. It may be the same person.

      I’ve heard other people (counselors, survivors, etc.) speak on this topic, and a common theme among the rape victims who had abortions was that the abortion was a worse assault on their bodies than the rape had been. I have to take their word for it, never having experienced either myself, but I can certainly see why. In the rape, the woman was an unwilling victim; in the abortion, she was an accomplice.