The Way A Cadre Of Rape-Conceived Anti-Abortion Champions Are Changing The Conversation

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I was pretty shocked to see this story at Business Insider: “Inside The World Of Anti-Abortion Activists Who Were Conceived In Rape And Incest.”

I knew there were people who were conceived by rape whose mothers refused to abort them. What I didn’t know was that they are having a real effect on changing minds and hearts.

Libertarian blogger Andrew Klavan writes at the conservative site Truth Revolt on Thursday that the women in these photos helped change his mind about abortion. He now thinks the practice should be illegal under all circumstances.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a similar change of heart after meeting with anti-abortion activist Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived by rape. Before the 2012 election, she talked with Perry, explaining to that the meeting went something like this:

I said to him, “When you make that rape exception, it’s like you’re saying to me that I deserved the death penalty for the crimes of my father. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, my father didn’t even deserve the death penalty. The Supreme Court has said there is no death penalty for rapists. But you say that I, as the innocent child of rape, deserved the death penalty?” And Perry said, “No, no, I don’t believe that.”

Perry now insists that the life of the mother should be the only exception when it comes to abortion.

What’s weird about the force of these people is that they don’t only make a case against the rape exception but they make the abortion issue itself much more personal for pro-abortionists. I think it must be because, while a pro-abortionist normally thinks the mother is the main decider (even though that is often a convenient myth) when it comes to rape, they are not really neutral: they assume abortion is the best option.

So when they are confronted with someone whose aborting they have been actively calling for, it gets a lot more awkward.

Logically, of course, to be pro-abortion means that all of us should have, in principle, been killed if our mothers had decided so. So, really, these people conceived by rape are simply pushing the point home about abortion in general.

Perhaps their message will make the pro-life movement more consistent and thus more effective in winning converts.