Mother calls her daughter “beautiful” even though she was rape-conceived

A woman who gave birth a child conceived in rape said:

“Consider my beautiful daughter, Jessica. She is eight months old, has no teeth but a full head of hair and seem to be developing a fondness for apple juice. She is loved by me, her grandparents, her uncle and her two sisters more than words can say.

She is also a child conceived in rape…..

When I discovered I was pregnant from the assault, I was horrified. I debated long and hard over what choice I should make.

Common sense would dictate that an abortion was the answer, right? Wrong. No matter how hideous my child’s conception had been (and rape is a degrading, demoralizing act that alters one’s whole life), I knew there was a life growing inside me. I chose to accept this child as being my baby – not the rapist’s…..

I feared I would see my rapist’s face every time I looked at my child- but I don’t. I see a beautiful, happy little girl who wasn’t planned and wasn’t the result of an act of love – but nonetheless is loved very, very much….

I based my decision upon realization that I was already a victim of violence and knowing that I didn’t want to make my unborn child another casualty.”

“Abortion – Not Even When Pregnancy is the Result of Rape?” pamphlet of American Life League, 1995

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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