Homeless rape victim chooses life

Michelle was homeless on the streets when she was raped and became pregnant. A friend offered to let her live with her- but only if she aborted the baby.

“[She] told me that if I would get rid of the baby that I could come live with her. And I walked out of there and never spoke to her again. I was going to put her up for adoption, but every time I picked up the phone to call about that, I couldn’t do it. I would cry. I knew this was my baby and I would love her no matter what. I decided I wanted to keep her.”

Michelle went to a crisis pregnancy center. She called the staff there “sweet” and “all good.” She decided to have her baby, and says:

“All of the programs to help women were really awesome. I went to several of their classes and the lady that counseled me volunteered to go with me when I gave birth. I didn’t have anyone else to go with me. She was there by my side. After I gave birth, they gave me baby clothes, diapers, and a basket of goodies like blankets. After you’ve had your baby you can keep going back to them for support….

It really upsets me to hear people talking about a woman keeping a ‘rapist’s baby. To me, she’s not the rapist’s baby; she’s my baby. He doesn’t deserve any credit. [The thought of abortion] is based on temporary feelings that the baby is the rapist’s baby. But it’s her baby. In all my research, the majority of women who get pregnant through rape don’t want to have an abortion. This is the outside telling these women that they should have an abortion because their loved ones don’t want to deal with [the rape] or think about it. But that woman is not going to forget it, and abortion is not going to solve that problem. And I think that that misconception needs to be cleared. It’s not the woman herself who wants the abortion. It’s usually her family or her friends.”

NANCY FLANDERS “Raped and Homeless: She Chose Life for Her Baby Not Abortion” LifeNews APR 10, 2013

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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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