Mother who became pregnant during sexual assault argues that her baby is not merely a “product of rape”

Analyn Megison was raped and conceived a baby. She chose to have her child, and is now a loving mother. And an article in LifeNews.com, she describes her frustration when people call her baby “the rapist child” or emphasize how the conception happened, while denying her child’s basic humanity:

“My basic human rights were violated when I was raped during his violent attack years ago as I plead for my dignity and humanity, but I think that one of the things I am still having to advocate for is the basic human rights of my child, and other innocent children like mine. Not only am I not an object for use by a rapist, but my child is also not to be reduced to a mere product of a violent criminal act simply because of how her conception took place.”

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One of the first questions I am typically asked after I share with someone that I am raising my child who was conceived when I was raped is, “Does she know yet?” — often accompanied by a look of horror….

[T]he stigma that is associated with the precious child who you love so much needs to be overcome to make this world a better place for equal love and respect for your child, regardless of how he or she was conceived.

I hope that one day the first question I hear is something parents freely share with one another, such as: “What kinds of hobbies does she have?” and I could talk about how she has a great sense of humor and loves to do art projects and to sing.  Or even, “Does she like being a big sister?,” and I could say, “Yes, she loves her little brothers very much and they love her lots too!””

Analyn Megison “People Look at Me in Horror When They Learn My Daughter Was Conceived in Rape” LifeNews 8/20/14

Analyn Megison is a co-founder / Board Member of Hope After Rape Conception – www.hopeafterrapeconception.org, and a blogger for Save The 1.  

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