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Monday, April 16, 2018

"Except in cases of"? Can we talk? by Jennifer Christie

Let's talk about it.
The issue that frequently splits the pro life community-

Except In Cases Of...

*cue thunder*

Is this you? Do you make exceptions for abortion in certain cases? Are you one of those "I'm as pro life as they come, BUT.."
No, then. See, you're not.

Life has intrinsic value or it does not.
The problem is that the word "rape" is so loaded and conjurs such a visceral response that when the other side brings it up, our logic tends to muddy. We feel maybe this is the one time.... Maybe... After all- compassion. I was there. Then I crossed over to here. I became a statistic. When that happened, a lot of things became clear. Chief among them, we are being lied to.
I don't like being lied to. Keep reading. I'll explain.

4 years ago, I was raped. 3 years ago, I gave birth to a son conceived during that attack.

And nothing in my life has ever been the same.

I am proud to be #noexceptions #nocompromise #prolife

Disabusing the lies-

1. "But if she keeps the baby, she'll always have this reminder.."

Know what else? If she DOESN'T keep the baby, she'll always have a reminder. Without one of those Men in Black memory wiper gizmos, a survivor's memories of the attack are pretty much a parting gift you can count on. Although just as one's children from an abusive marriage are often seen as the bright spot to come from that union and cherished as such, so is the child from rape.

2. "She'll see her rapist's face in her child and hate the child."

Not typically. I can tell you that I know dozens of mothers from rape and have messaged with probably hundreds. Some have children who grow to look like their assailant. They may have to work through this internally but they've never turned on their child.
By this reasoning, ANY woman with resentment towards her husband is at serious risk of damaging her child. The smallest demographic that we'd need to be worried about is mothers from rape!
Therapy. Therapy can be your friend. I'm just saying.

3. "What woman would want to carry a "rapist's baby"??

(Hold me back.)
It's not woman, actually. It's WOMEN. 75-80% of the 32,000 women per year who become pregnant after sexual assault, bring their child into the world. Additionally there are women who immediately regret their abortions. The numbers keep growing. So..us.

4. "It would be so traumatic for her to carry the pregnancy."

To be clear: What we're saying with that statement is that a woman who has just suffered unspeakable violation and violence will be best served by...violence and death. Mmkay.
Either lie on a table and get ready for someone to once again invade your body, this time vacuuming out your child, piece by piece, and you're then left to cramp and bleed and think about what just happened..
Or
you're given a pill where you can suffer cramping and bleeding alone as bits of your child slip from your body in small pieces over several hours or days and you may have to be vacuumed out anyway...
You're welcome. Let the healing begin.
To those who believe this is compassionate, does it sound more gentle than carrying unconditional love and innocence? Can you try to imagine how empowering it is to protect someone when you couldn't protect yourself?
(And there's really no other time in life when you have a legitimate excuse to request fried pickle chips for breakfast.)

5. "Thanks for giving birth to a future rapist, *$#@&!"

This is the most common criticism I get. (Sometimes "rapist" is replaced by "raper". You saw that right. Raper.)
The problem with it, other than - Ok, RUDE- is that it's completely unfounded. Raping isn't a genetic activity. There is no "rape gene".
Yes, I've read the 2014 study out of Finland that found that out of 900 violent criminals , 5-10 % had a certain combination of the same genes that researchers think might make someone more predisposed to violent behavior given poor lifestyle choices, upbringing, and environment.(From the research firm of 'Things That are Already Obvious' maybe?) It's like the psychiatric and medical community have concurred some time ago:
Rapists are made, not born.
Even if there were a genetic link, how does that justify abortion? We don't prosecute for crimes that could potentially be committed.

The 1% is 100% to someone.
They matter.
Won't you stand for them too?

Speak truth.
Love boldly.
Love louder.

Peace and blessings to you all today. ❤️

Jennifer
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Despite How My Baby Brother Was Conceived, I Love Him So Much, by Spencer -- Jennifer Christie's son

My name is Spencer.  I'm 18 years old, but I guess I'm not a typical 18 year old.  I prefer to stay close to home and be with my family.  You could say home is my safety net.  At home, I can be myself, which is sort of quirky.  I'm protective and respectful to the women of my life.  I never miss a chance to open a door or offer my coat to my mom or a girlfriend or my sister.  Aside from all that, I'm a little socially awkward and get nervous among crowds of people, so I'm not gonna be a pro-life speaker or anything like my mom does.  I'm a very anxious teenager, but again, with my family, I can explore the full depth of my personality -- it's that kind of home.  So I may not be a typical teenager, but my loved ones accept me for who I am and I really appreciate them.  My big passion is computer science.  I enjoy building and coding electronics and I'm an app developer.  My apps aren't very popular, but I enjoy making them.  That's a little about me and who I am.

I probably get my respect for women from my dad, and I aspire to be the man he is.  I especially respect my dad for handling everything with my mom's rape and resulting pregnancy the way he did.  If you ask me, he's what a real man looks like.


Each of my siblings handled my mom's attack differently and, considering how close my mom and I are, I took it pretty hard.  It just stayed in the back of my mind and I kept imagining myself being in my dad's position one day and how it would make me feel. 

I remember the day my mom came home from what seemed like a long business trip and as soon as I saw her walk through the front door, I knew our family would change forever.  She came in with this happy grin on her face. I hadn't seen that smile in a while -- not since before the attack; she had changed, but that minute, we had our bright mom back again.

My littlest brother at the time, Noah, (who's now 11,) ran up to greet her and she took his hand and put it on her stomach.  He didn't know what it meant at the time, but I did.  Noah just laid his face on her stomach. 

When my mom first told us she was pregnant, a lot of emotion ran through me -- excitement, hope, and worry.  My mom had a terrible time carrying Noah and we would be taking care of a newborn baby.  We were a family of 6 and things around our house could get so busy and wild.  But now, my beautiful, sweet, loving baby brother is just a part of that craziness.

It was about a year ago when my mom told me how the big blessing of our family came to be and the real reason we moved out of North Carolina.  It was a lot to handle for an already anxious 17 year old, but I accepted it.  She explained a lot to me -- how people treat children conceived in rape, how people believe abortion would be okay, and I said to my mom, "That's terrible!  The baby didn't do anything.  I can't imagine our family without him."  This fact doesn't make me look at my brother differently at all!  That's actually the only thing my brothers and sister and I agree on.  Despite how my baby brother was conceived,  I love him so much, as do all of my siblings.  This kid has been a blessing to our family.  I've always thought of him as a blessing. 

Not only did my little brother steal my heart, but I'm also so proud of my mom for using this tragedy she went through and using her story to save lives and inspire people.  My parents are really one of a kind.  I love them very much and I will always support my mom for the strong, proud, sweet woman she is. 

Abortion makes me sick, so I would also keep and love the baby, but my mom's rape still impacted me a lot.  I can't imagine the woman I love going through such trauma, but I love the way my dad handled it, and I want to grow up to be like him.  

BIO:  Spencer is the son of Jennifer Christie, Save The 1 pro-life speaker and blogger.  He has three brothers and one sister, and Spencer is not available for pro-life speaking.  ;-)





Friday, April 13, 2018

My Mom and Dad Forced an Abortion On Me to Protect Him, by Joyce Ann Born


I grew between West Virginia, Ohio and Oklahoma.  The first I can remember my dad molesting me is when I was four years old, living in Columbus, Ohio.  It was Christmastime and my mom was with my younger brother who was in the hospital with asthma.  We almost lost him.  I was home alone with my dad, on the basement steps with my back turned, and my dad was touching me inappropriately.  I didn’t like it, but I was afraid. 

My dad was a mean drunk, like the devil was in him.  On one occasion, my dad had me run up and down a hill with a little puppy, then he took that puppy and hung him right in front of me.  On another occasion, he told me he’d put a bunch of kittens in a bag and ran over them with his car.

Whenever my dad wanted to touch me, he was drinking whiskey and I had a feeling of dread come over my shoulders.  I never told anyone, but my mom eventually knew what was happening and she didn’t stop it.  In fact, at times, she was in bed with us when he was abusing me.  I remember it always hurt.

At the age of 11, I lost my virginity to my dad.  Again, I was afraid and confused.  I didn’t even understand what was happening.  My mom was in the room sitting at a table.  When he was done, he walked over to my mom and chastised her, “You let someone else get her before me.”   Then he started to beat on her.

The abuse went on for years, about four or five times a week.  When he would rape me, I would close my eyes, my body would go numb, and I would go somewhere else in my head.  I knew what he did to me was wrong and I felt different from others.  At a young age, I just thought that this must be how daddies love their daughters.  But around the age of 13, I realized that this is not the way things are supposed to be.  I began looking at boys and realized that normal attraction is toward people closer to your own age.  I liked boys my own age, and my dad should have only been attracted to my mom.

From a young age, I had become a loner.  I was a skinny little girl with long hair and sad eyes.  Other children made fun of me and I didn’t want to talk in front of others because I was bullied a lot.  I felt like my dad controlled me, and I felt dirty. 

In 1965, at the age of 14, I told my mom that I missed a period, but she just told me that it was okay and that it would come back.  But I missed it again and I knew that meant I could be pregnant.  That’s when my mom and dad took me a strange house in New Rome, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.  I thought we were just visiting one of my dad’s friends. 

My mom told me everything would be okay.  I could hear my dad talking to this strange man.  Then my parents left me alone with him.  I was afraid and starting crying.  He took me down into his basement.  I remember he had a cloth with a strange odor that he put over my mouth, and then the next thing I knew, I woke up at home bleeding profusely out of my privates.  My mom had ice in bags that she was putting on me, with towels around me to soak up the blood.  I was confused at first and didn’t know what happened to me.  I didn’t know anything about abortions.  My mom never said a word to me about what was done to me.  Really, we never talked at all -- same thing with my dad.  We didn’t talk.

Within a week or two, he began raping me again, and it went on for another two years until I left home at the age of 16.  I met a man who was 21 years old who wanted to marry me.  My mom helped me to leave so that my dad would finally have sex with her. 

However, after I left home, my dad tried raping my 13 year old sister, but she was able to fight him off with the help of my two younger brothers and my mom, who ended up getting severely beaten by my dad.  Then my sister told a neighbor lady.  Knowing he would finally face arrest, he headed up into the hollers of West Virginia and they couldn’t find him.  My parents eventually divorced.

I felt terrible when I knew that they had fought so hard to protect my sister, but had not protected me.  I talked to my brothers about it, and they just said, “We were kids when this all started.  What we were going to do?”

Looking back, I realize now that my mom and dad had forced an illegal abortion upon me in order to protect him.  They didn’t want me to have a baby and have the truth come out that he was the father. I feel like I missed out on a blessing, even though this was my dad’s baby.  I grieve that I missed out on something.  I know I would have loved my baby.  It’s not the baby’s fault that my dad molested me.
 
My children are my life.  My son was born four days before my 17th birthday and from the beginning, I loved him completely.  My children come first in my life.  I am totally pro-life.  I took my daughter to the March For Life in Washington, D.C. when she was 14 years old.  Despite what I went through, I think I’d be pro-life regardless because I love babies.

Abortion is the end of a life – someone who is part of you.  It’s much better to carry a child and put him or her up for adoption.  Every child is a blessing from God.  My baby had a soul.  I feel sad and angry at what my mom and dad did to me – it wasn’t their right for me to be raped and it wasn’t their right to take that baby away from me.  One day, that baby will be in my arms.

It makes me upset when I hear people say that it’s necessary to have abortion legal in cases of rape or incest, but you need to think about what abortion does – it ends a life and it protects the perpetrator.  Even if a mom was taking a girl for an abortion, that could be like my mom who was just trying to protect my dad and herself, because she’d been letting him molest me for all of these years.

My mom and dad never apologized for everything they’d done to me.  I had gone nearly a dozen years without seeing him, but when I found out he was dying of cancer, I went to see him because I thought that no one should have to die alone.  I told him, “Dad, I forgive you for what you did to me.  I forgive you, not for you, but for myself.”  He surely heard me, but acted like he didn’t. 

I still struggle.  I have nightmares to this day and I’m still in therapy.  No one should ever have to go through what I went through, and I just hope that my story will help someone with their life – whether you have suffered abuse, whether you are a mom who is concerned about her husband or boyfriend’s behavior, or whether you’ve suffered an abortion.  No one deserves to be harmed.  Everyone should be able to live a peaceful life.

BIO:   A post-abortive survivor of incest, Joyce Ann Born is now a mother of two and a grandmother of six, residing in Ohio, and is now a pro-life blogger for Save The 1.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sudanese Refugee Who Raped Me Now Seeks Custody of My Little Miracle, by Penny


When I met him in the summer of 2016, he seemed friendly, but it was clear that he didn’t understand boundaries as he was touchy, hugged a lot and was seen asking all of the women in the neighborhood if they needed help with their yard or in the house. He told me and my mom that he wanted to find a white woman to marry and have kids with. Despite these odd behaviors, the few times I had spoken with him, he still seemed genuinely wanting to help women. I just figured he was naïve and that there were cultural differences because he was a Sudanese refugee. 

When I heard that he had gone to jail for a disturbing crime of “sexual contact with a vulnerable adult,” I was shocked and confused.  I reached out to him in jail to get his side of the story.  I was met there by his refugee advocate, and they both assured me of his innocence.

Upon his release from jail, he contacted me, asking if he could see me to thank me for coming to see him in the jail.  We talked over the course of a few days and became friends.

There was a lot of prejudice going on in my small Idaho town about the refugees, and befriending him was my way of being positive and welcoming. When he was soon dismissed of the sexual assault charge, that was confirmation for me of his innocence.

It wasn't very long before he began making comments about wanting to be more than friends. At this time, my boyfriend and I were going through a hard time and in the middle of a split, and this Sudanese man knew this. He acted concerned, but soon started to say things about wanting to be with me, and I made it very clear that it would never happen.

I was now staying with a friend. My phone was going to be shut off soon because of my inability to pay for it.  When I told him about it, he got very sad and offered to pay so he’d be able to talk to me.  He became obsessive in calling and texting, but I felt obligated to reply.  

He would always ask me who I was with, what I was doing, and where I was. He would constantly ask me to come over or if he could come where I was.  If I didn't respond in time or told him I was busy, he would become upset and tell me how lonely he was and sad.

He began saying things like I was his heart and he wasn't complete without me.  I repeatedly told him it wasn't appropriate and I only cared for him like a brother.  Still, this didn't stop the unwelcomed comments. On numerous occasions out in public, he would try to put his arm around me. He would ask, “If you and me had a baby, would they have your eyes?”  Or he would point to a baby and say, “If we had a baby, would it look like that?” I told him to stop saying those things, and that it wasn't ok to ask me that because it wouldn't happen and it made me uncomfortable. He would just laugh, and act like he was just joking around.

But then he tried to get me to move in with him to save money, which I refused. To avoid seeing him, I used the excuse of not having gas, so he insisted on filling my gas tank to make sure that wouldn't be an issue.  In hindsight, I now see how I was the one who was naïve, still feeling sorry for him and believing he was awkward but kind.

 One night, I told him I was having a girls night with my friend. He showed up where we were, and even though he said it was against his Muslim faith to drink alcohol, he bought us drinks that night.  While I was dancing with a guy, I could see he was behaving jealous, and again, I told him his feelings were inappropriate.

When it came time to leave, he began begging me to come with him. He was almost in tears because I refused and proceeded to confess his love, but in a harassing way, turning into a scene.  My friend was concerned, and even the bouncer had noticed, asking if I was okay.  After almost a half hour of arguing with him, he finally stopped, and I told him it would be best for him to stay away from me if being around me was so hard on him and he couldn't accept the way things were. He then grabbed me and forcibly kissed me. I was so upset!  I walked away from him and over to my friend who saw the whole thing, along with the bouncer.

We didn't talk for a few days and I thought he must have finally accepted what I had said. Then I received messages telling me that he had talked with his god and asked for forgiveness for having such out of control feelings of love and desire for sex.  He told me it was against his religion to even be around me.  I told him I didn't want to compromise his beliefs and I understood why he was saying goodbye. But it wasn’t long before he began texting me again.

A few weeks later, my friend and I dressed up for Halloween, but decided to stay in.  He asked us to come to the bar, offering to buy drinks, but we declined. Reluctantly, we agreed he could stop by because his apology had seemed so sincere, so my friend drove my car to go get him. I had already had some drinks at that point and was feeling the effects.

It came time for us to settle down and get ready for bed.  I aired up my mattress, but he asked that I go with him for just a bit to the bar and he would buy me another drink. My friend expressed that she didn't think it was a good idea because I wasn't in a good state of mind to make decisions. He took her aside and assured her I’d be safe, but she was adamant that I was too intoxicated.  Regrettably, I began to argue with her, and it ended in me leaving with him.

He drove my car to the store to get more beer and then drove to the canyon rim.  I drank more in the car. Then he began kissing me while I was drunk and vulnerable. The next thing I knew, we were at his house in the bedroom.  As I was sobering up, I realized what he had planned.  I said I was tired and needed to sleep. But he would not accept that. 

He undressed and grabbed his penis, sadistically telling me he was sure that “_____” (the developmentally disable girl who had previously accused him of sexual assault) was scared of how big his penis was. He had just admitted to me that he really did commit assault upon that girl! In that moment, realizing he’d raped before and got away with it, I was absolutely terrified.  It was clear he said it to scare me, to let me know he was about to rape me.

I pleaded with him to stop -- that this wasn't ok, and he told me it wasn't ok to stop. I started crying and pleading.  When he was done, I sobbed and repeatedly asked, “Why would you do this?” It was bizarre as he described the shape and feel of my insides. (I now think of the accusations in the police report of the developmentally disabled girl, which I've since read, and how similar this was.)  I begged him to please leave me alone.  After several minutes he finally did, and left the room.  With my head spinning, I cried myself to sleep.

The next morning, he was sitting at the table and began telling me how sorry he was.  I told him if he was sorry he had to go buy me the morning after pill.  He went and got it quickly because he lived close to Walmart.  I took it right there and then left.

I told my friend how he raped me, and she urged me to go to the police, but I didn't report the rape because I was so afraid.  He had gotten away with this once before.  If I reported him and he got out of jail again, he knew where my mom lived, where my friends lived, where my ex lived. . . .   I was too afraid of what he might do.

Weeks went by and I still hadn't started my cycle, though I assumed that the morning after pill was successful.  The box said it had a 98% success rate at preventing pregnancy. Nevertheless, I eventually took a pregnancy test and I couldn't believe I was pregnant!

I hadn’t seen him since the night he raped me.  My mom moved out into the countryside, and I moved with her to get away from him.  Since he didn’t have a car, I figured he’d finally leave me alone if I was far enough away.

When I first learned I was pregnant, I was even more furious with him than before.  So I sent him a message telling him the consequences of what he’d done.  He said I should marry him.  Disgusted, I told him, “Never!” It was then that I realized he’d done this all to get a white wife.

He then said he didn't want children with a woman he wasn't married to.  I told him he should not have done what he did then.  Then he started pressuring me to abort. He even told me that the refugee advocate was a nurse and could get me a pill that would cause me to lose the baby.  I told him repeatedly to stop asking me to abort, but he kept at it. I had made up my mind that, having survived the morning after pill, the little miracle growing in me was meant to be.

Eventually, he left me alone and I went on with my pregnancy without hearing from him. That was until weeks before I was about to deliver, when he messaged me over Facebook asking me how I was -- like everything was just normal and nothing had happened.

He asked if I was having a boy or girl and seemed to insinuate that my ex got me pregnant, so I asked him, “Are you in denial?” Again, he said he wished to have kids with a girl he was married to.  I responded that this not a situation I’d ever thought I’d be in, but I’d accepted it and was looking forward to the birth of my baby. I brought up the night he raped me, and he began to lie about what happened, and kept saying, “If the baby is mine, I will take care of it.”  That freaked me out, because he’d wanted her dead through abortion, so I was scared he’d kill her once she’s born.  I told him she was my baby and I didn’t want him to be a part of her life.
 
After she was born, he contacted me again asking whose she was, saying he’d have to get DNA done and asking if I was on assistance.  When he asked if he could see her, I told him I wasn't comfortable with that. He began to say that we should raise her together and that I was selfish. I was terrified!  I asked him what his religion says about all of this.  I told him he would never see her unsupervised, but reluctantly agreed for him to see her just once, so he could see she’s clearly biracial, just hoping this would make it easier to get child support for her because I didn’t know how I would be able to raise her without financial help.  But instead of following through with the visit, he blocked me from contacting him and I was relieved.

Eventually, he was sued by the state of Idaho to establish paternity and child support in the Twin Falls County Court.  Instead of merely attending what I thought was a status conference for child support, the man who raped me had hired an attorney and filed for shared custody of my baby.  For the first time, I was finally willing to speak up and I asked Judge Thomas D. Kershaw Jr., “What do I need to do to get charges filed?”  The judge asked, “What kind of charges?” and I replied, “Criminal charges.”  That’s when the judge told me that it’s not advisable to threaten charges just because a father who has rights to his child is asking for custody.  I assured the judge, “It’s not like that,” but the judge told me that I have unrealistic expectations, and “What do you expect to happen when you have a baby with somebody?”

I never anticipated the Court would be like this.  I hadn’t considered that my rapist -- who wanted my baby aborted, who said having a child out of marriage would bring shame to him -- would actually want custody of my child!  I know now that this is a power and control issue.  I have no doubt as to why he is doing this.  I have now filed a police report, but I only wish I’d gone to the police right away.   

I’m on state assistance, but I had to hire an attorney, which will cost $3,500 minimum.  My mom is helping me, but it won’t be nearly enough.  I've now learned that under Idaho law, Section 16:2005, the court can terminate his parental rights, with a "rebuttable presumption" that it's in my child's best interests where the "parent caused the child to be conceived as a result of rape," and Idaho law does not require a rape conviction, like some other states still do.

I protected my little miracle during my pregnancy, and the thought of him being anywhere near my daughter has given me the courage to come forward and tell our story of how she was conceived.  I joined a support group a while ago for other rape victim moms, and I heard the horror stories of others having to fight their rapist over custody, but somehow with him claiming his religion was so important to him, I never thought he would have the audacity to seek any parental rights, let alone custody.

My rapist should never be trusted with a baby.  Having sexually assaulted a developmentally disabled girl and having raped me, I'm terrified of what he is capable of doing to my baby girl. If he could take advantage of two vulnerable women, then what would he do to a child?

BIO:  Penny is a mother of two, and a member of and now pro-life blogger for Save The 1.  She is hoping to advocate for laws to be changed in other states so that a rape conviction is not necessary and other moms and their children can be protected.  In the meantime, Penny and her baby need to be protected by the 5th Judicial Court of Twin Falls County, and has a Gofundme Account set up for her by a friend.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Do Not Use Me and My Rape To Excuse The Genocide of The Innocent! by Jennifer Christie

"You can never make me regret my abortion" -- the sign was small and unobtrusive. It  was written on vanilla construction paper -- the kind that kindergartners use to practice writing their names on in sprawling and uncertain letters.  I almost expected the "R" in "regret" to be printed backwards.

She held her sign low.  She couldn't be older than 20.  She wasn't exactly #shoutingherabortion, which I found odd considering she is someone who insists she wouldn't ever have regrets.  I didn't see anything resembling peace on her face, not contentment nor joy nor even anger.  There was just . . .  emptiness.  I wanted to hug her, but I didn't think it would be well-received.

A groan rose from the pink Planned Parenthood shirt-wearing horde.  Projected on a screen toward the front of
Jennifer Christie with Tom Delay and Iowa State
Representatives Shannon Lundgren and Steven Holt
the rotunda at the Iowa State Capitol building was a woman giving her pro-life testimony.  In her allotted three minutes, there were jeers and boos, laughter and scoffing.  Outside of the hearing room, we were outnumbered.  I could see that.  But we had truth on our side.  And never in history has the path to righteousness run smooth. 

It was only a few days prior that I had received a Facebook message asking if I would be willing to fly to Iowa and testify at the state Capitol building before legislators in support of the proposed Heartbeat Bill.  I would be speaking to prevent an amendment from being added for a "rape exception."

Before I could contemplate how my life has become incredibly surreal as of late, I found myself sitting at a small table next to the CEO of Planned Parenthood Iowa with far too many cameras staring at us.  Seconds before it was my turn to testify, the notes I had taken with the key points I planned on making crawled somewhere into the recesses of my brain and hid.  Maybe it was the palpable anger in the room directed at those of us speaking for life?  It could have been the urgency of a law which was going to be decided imminently and, if passed, would save tens of thousands of babies.  Maybe both?  Or it could have just been the trembling from the frigid government building which insisted on running central air when it's 12° outside. 

Regardless, I knew why I was there. I knew what I wanted and needed to say and didn't need a memorized speech.  I needed a willingness to to bare my heart.  That, I could do. 

"Good evening committee members.

My name is Jennifer Christie, 

Four years ago, I was brutally attacked in a hotel room - beaten, tortured, and raped . . . my body thrown in a stairwell.

I'm not here tonight to represent crime victims. I'm here tonight to represent the 32,000 women a year who become  pregnant after rape and the 75% of us who give our children life.

I'm part of a global organization called Save The 1.  Save The 1 is mothers from rape, adult children who are conceived in rape.  And it's this people group who I'm talking about -- the conceived in rape who are targeted, it seems, for eradication. This doesn't make sense to me because the Supreme Court already decided that for a rapist to be punished with death is considered cruel and unusual punishment and yet somehow . . . somehow, we're okay with killing the children -- who were not even in existence at the time the crime was committed.

I'm here tonight to bear witness to the lies that I heard and the lies that I was told:  that if you just abort, everything will be okay and you'll forget.  If you just abort, then you can move on.  There is no forgetting.  No woman is ever going to forget what happened to her.  I've been told so many times that 'if you'd just had an abortion, you wouldn't always have this reminder hanging over your head.' This 'reminder' . . . .

Is my son a reminder? He absolutely is!  He's a reminder everyday that as women, we can rise above our circumstances.  He's a reminder that love is always stronger than hate, and who we are as human beings is not determined by how we were conceived.

A woman at her most broken needs hope and help and love and people rallying around here.  She does not need violence on top of violence, tragedy on top of tragedy.

I'm here tonight, one woman, but I speak for most of us when I say, stop calling my son a 'rapist's child'!  Stop calling him 'evil seed' and 'child of the devil', he is MY son.  And he has a right to be here.  Do NOT use me and my rape and my story and the story of all of us mothers from rape who love our children as a banner -- as a banner to hide behind and excuse the genocide of the innocent!  We love our children. 

The first time I saw my son's heartbeat was on an ultrasound.  It's the same heartbeat that beats in his three year old body today.  He's an exceptional child, but he is NOT an exception!

I beg you to think of this: the heart that beats in my son?  The heart that beat in him at four weeks, is the heart that beats in him at three, it's the heart that will beat in him at thirty.  It loves and it hurts and it feels just like mine and just like yours.  I beg you not to stop it."

I couldn't control the trembling in my voice and was only narrowly holding back tears.  I intended to appear calm and poised, but the moment I began speaking, I felt the weight of the lives of the people I brought into that room with me.  Faces and voices brushed past my heart: Fellow mothers from rape. Women who aborted after rape and spent years covering deep scars with hollow, painted-on smiles.  My best friend who was conceived in rape and only exists because the laws in place at the time protected her. 

I wasn't just there for my precious blue-eyed moppet. I was there for us all. 

This leads me to a burning question:  Why don't we regularly hear from mothers from rape and their children at all of these hearings?  Shouldn't we be represented?  Don't our voices need to be heard?  We know that in any debate regarding abortion, two minutes won't go by before someone says "But what about in cases of rape?"  Doesn't it only make sense to consult someone with experience?  It's time we we heard. And not just at ONE public meeting in ONE state. Mothers from rape, the rape-conceived, the so-called "hard cases" that are being considered as exceptions to legal protection should have the right to representation!  It is their very existence that is being determined.  Why aren't we being invited to testify before U.S. Congress where most pro-life bills are riddled with exceptions?

Furthermore, what will it take for the no exceptions Heartbeat Bill to warrant a full committee hearing before Congress?  We need a congressional hearing which includes a mother like me who will speak the truth against the barrage of lies thrown at us by social media and the entertainment industry, politics and liberal education. 

Even in many churches, our voices are needed.  We are the weapons which no one sees coming -- swords of truth just waiting to be unsheathed.  With more than 600 of us available through Save The 1, when will we receive our marching orders so we can be deployed?

Later that night, I was alone in my hotel room.  (Four years after the assault, staying in hotels can still trigger my PTSD if I'm not very careful.)  Keeping my mind focused, I was pondering whether anything I said would resonate with . . . well, ANYONE.  I wondered if my words would have any kind of impact.

Then I got a message from another member of Save The 1.  Jim Sable, conceived in rape -- born while protected during the era before Roe v Wade, was planning to be in Iowa to testify, but the last spot was filled, so he wasn't able to attend.  However, he did see the video of my testimony:

"Superb, Jen!", he wrote.  "The points you made were powerful and heartfelt.  You defended my right to life."

His right to life. . . .  That really struck me -- the most basic of all human rights, potentially denied for circumstances beyond his control.  I realized if things didn't change, my son could experience what Jim just did. One day, my boy would have to listen to someone tearfully beg lawmakers to recognize his very humanity. 

The message from Jim cemented my resolve once again to NOT go gentle into that good night (as has been suggested so often by many.)  Instead, I will rage -- rage against the hypocrisy of being hated by the other side for my "choice",  and I will continue to be a presence in this battle.

Join me.
Speak -- for those who are at risk of being forever silenced.
Stand -- on behalf of the ones society deems disposable.
Love -- louder than the anger. Louder than the hate. 
Louder than your own self doubt as to whether your voice matters.

There are no exceptions. 
We are all, in our own way, EXCEPTIONAL.

BIO:  Jennifer Christie is an international pro-life speaker for Save The 1.  Her
story Raped While on a Business Trip – My Husband and I Chose Life! went viral after it was published on our blog, in Live Action, Lifenews and Lifesitenews, along with various other publications, with over 1 million shares to Facebook.  It’s been translated into many other languages and has appeared across the globe.  Readers were touched by her fierce protection of the life of her innocent son, as well as her husband’s loving response upon learning she was pregnant from the brutal rape.
She wrote a follow-up story, Raped, Married and Pregnant:  When People Said We Shouldn’t Have You, We Loved You Louder, and her husband Jeff also wrote out their story from his own perspective:  My Wife and I Both Saw This Baby As Something Beautiful Coming From Such Evil.  The latest update of her story — with the rapist-murdered having been killed is My Son Was Never a “Rapist’s Baby” or “Product of Rape” – He’s My Child.
Follow her on Facebook: Jennifer Christie Pro-Life Speaker and on Twitter: @RapevictimMom






Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Decision Reversal after Rape Conception ~by Darlene Pawlik


Life long or life altering decisions should not be made while distressed.

In Case of Rape

We often hear, "What about rape," when discussing abortion. People still succumb to a confused compassion, believing that somehow, killing her baby will help a woman heal from the core violation of sexual assault.

A woman traumatized by rape is often so damaged in her psyche that she doesn't even tell anyone. It is such a deep wound that talking about it can take decades. So, too, many people do not share their abortion experience for many years. They keep it a secret, an unspoken source of pain.

So, how is it that anyone could think the combination of two traumatic and excruciatingly painful events will somehow bring anything good?

Rape Conception

At this time, this is still an experience exclusive to women. Men get raped, but they don't get pregnant. Fathers, husbands, and male friends are super important to this conversation, though. Men were created to be protectors and providers complimenting women in the roles of family, leadership, and society. Both have value and both have a voice in the discussion.

Except are the perpetrators. Forcing a woman and penetrating her, causing her to become pregnant excludes that man from the conversation. His aggression should automatically exclude him from any part of what happens next. "Rapists love abortion," says Rebecca Kiessling, president of Save The 1. They would have the evidence destroyed. The rapist should never have parental rights either. That is a whole other blog post.

No one, other than the rapist, is forcing her to carry a baby. The baby, is an innocent second victim of the hideous crime of rape. Killing her baby by abortion is no different than killing her baby after he or she is born. Rape has changed her life forever, whether or not she conceives.
I know it's legal -that doesn't make it right. Slavery was legal too. Still wrong!
Will it be difficult? Most assuredly. Can she get through it? Absolutely. And she will be victorious. She will have protected the human rights of her baby, one of the smallest and most vulnerable of society.

She needs time to process

Pregnancy changes a woman forever. No matter the outcome. She has been a mom. Most women do not know they are pregnant for around 6 weeks. Since pregnancy is about 40 weeks, she will know about 34 weeks of pregnancy. For perspective, the average woman lives to 72 years in the USA. In reality, the impact isn't how long she's pregnant, but the fact that she has a baby.

Sexual assault survivors can thrive and I know many who have, but it does take some time to process the intense emotional impact of rape. There will also be a difference between one woman to the next, if it was a simple assault of a healthy woman or a complex situation of domestic violence, continued abuses, or trafficking. Each woman needs time to work through the core violation.

How much time is completely indeterminate. She may be in a healthy, sound place one day and go into a tailspin the next. Women shouldn't be expected to make decisions related to abortion or adoption without plenty counseling from neutral parties and of time to consider the implications.

Decision Reversal

Judge Lot Moroka believes as I believe, that a woman who has been raped needs stability and time to make a decision relative to placing her child for adoption. In the case, the decision was reversed because the judge recognized the "emotional rollercoaster" of rape conception.

A living human being was created by a terrible assault, but that living human being had no part in the actual crime. She was a second victim and like many women I know, she was loved at first sight.

A child conceived by rape is still a child, developmentally no different from any other child.

Darlene Pawlik is VP of Save The 1, a professional speaker and blogger at theDarlingPrincess.com. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband of nearly 28 years.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Though Conceived in Rape and Abuse, My Daughter Deserved a Chance to Live, by Heather Hobbs


I don't have it all together.  Often I am asked how I have it all together.  What still gets under my skin are comments such as, "Wow! You are so strong!"  Or, "Your life is so perfect now!"  These statements still get to me.  If only we could all see behind the layers of another person.  I wish there was an easier way to share what I feel; perhaps a simple shoulder touch that instantly gives a flash of my memories and feelings?  The world would be so much better if we knew the pain and suffering of others so easily.  We could empathize far more than we ever thought capable.  Instead, I am writing this here and now, allowing the deeply pushed down emotions to come to the surface.

I have the most amazing daughter.  She is perfect and beautiful in EVERY way; inside and out, I can't even begin to express the level of kindness and love she possesses.  She came to me in a less than ideal way -- a way many would consider wrong.  I've endured a fair amount of trauma in my life and that led me to many poor choices as a teen.  This included who I surrounded myself with. 

When I was 18, I wanted so badly to escape the life I grew up in.  Though I love my parents deeply and I've forgiven all of the things that happened, at the age of 18, I hated and resented them.  I wasn't mature enough to consider their own upbringings as they parented us.  My mother was raised comparable to the book, “A Child Called It.”  She was a run away from juvenile hall at seventeen. My step-father was forced by his parents to drop out of middle school to sell cocaine for them.  He too was heavily abused and tormented as a child.  They did not know the right way to be parents.  So, as a teen I only felt anger and hatred for them.

I ended up marrying a man I barely knew who was five years older than myself.  I realize now I was trying to escape my life.  This man was newly enlisted into the U.S. Army; hence the marriage, because that was a requirement for me to be able to go with him to Germany, or so he said.  Getting married seemed like "no big deal."

To keep this short and simple, within weeks of arriving in Germany, I suffered the most brutal abuse I've ever endured.  Violence was a normal occurrence in the world I knew, but the extreme level that this was, I knew was not right.

We were roughly 50 minutes from the military base in a small village called Arnstein.  One of the neighbors heard the screams and called the polizei (German police) and when they arrived, he had already left.  The amount of blood resulted in an emergency ambulance ride and thorough testing at the hospital.  This happened shortly before Thanksgiving, 2007. 

He was given a slap on the wrist by the military police, extra duty, and confinement to the base.  The German police were not allowed to intervene.  The military refused to EROD (early return of dependents) me back to the United States.  In addition, I was completely isolated given that I had no phone, internet, bank account access, and was recently submerged into a culture and language I knew nothing about.

At 18 years old I was of course naive, confused, and what felt like the most helpless person on the planet.  I left out a lot of details intentionally because I am going to bypass the period of depression and anxiety that followed and skip to Valentine's Day, 2008.  Much happened in the interim, but it's not relevant to my purpose in sharing this story now.

Without warning or notification of any kind, my abuser was allowed to "surprise" me for Valentine's Day.  He showed up and violently raped me repeatedly.  Again, military police were involved, hospitalization was required, but nothing came of it for him -- just another slap on the wrist.  All the other soldiers who tried to help me were reprimanded and forced to stay out of it at risk of their own punishment.

Instead of helping me, I was advised to attend marriage counseling.  I was told “you can't be raped if you are married legally.”  I was made to feel like the bad guy in that situation.  I was told I'm not supporting my soldier, that I don't understand the stresses of the military.  He had never deployed at that point, so my mind couldn't even wrap around those statements.

Eventually, I felt suicidal.  I didn't know that I was suffering from severe PTSD.  I didn't know how to leave Germany, and if I did manage to escape and go, I didn't know where to go.  I made some friends, learned some of the language, but nothing that gave me a real reason to want to live.  I blamed myself for everything and I allowed myself to believe everything was my fault.  If I hadn't made him angry, if I hadn't gotten married, if I hadn't left Nebraska, if I hadn't believed all of his lies, if I were smarter or stronger -- all of these lines ran through my head over and over again.

While planning my death -- because I didn't want to fail at that too -- I had the worst flu-like symptoms of my life, lasting for well over a month.  I assumed all of the stress was weakening my immune system so heavily that I just couldn't recover.  I finally got myself to the hospital -- an adventure to say the least -- relying on public transport to get to the city with no knowledge of anything.  Luckily, the Germans are lovely people and ever so helpful even if they didn't know what I was saying.  I told the bus driver,"Krankenhaus" (hospital), and that's all he needed to hear to help me.  Other people on the bus also catered to me:  offering me water, a bag for nausea, one lady rubbed my head and sang quietly to me, which was the most wonderful feeling in the world to feel a small amount of love in a time where I spent months and months feeling none.

Upon arrival at the hospital, I found out I was pregnant.  I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which is an extreme and debilitating version of morning sickness.  Though I was much further along than most when finding out, the doctors knew my situation of abuse from the prior hospitalizations. The physician lovingly and tenderly let me know that he can perform an abortion, as well as assuring me that he could heavily medicate me for the days following to help with the pain.

My world was closing in on me.  The news seemed surreal and almost like an out of body experience.  I can relive that moment as if it were yesterday because it so strongly impacted me.  I was not raised in a pro-life home nor an environment that would shun it.  Many friends in high school had them or took morning after pills regularly.  I had a friend who traveled internationally, then sold morning after pills in school.  It shouldn't have been a big deal at all to do it right then and there.  But I simply decided to think about it, then I received fluids and IV nutrition, and went home. 

Eventually my rapist-abuser found out through the grapevine that I was pregnant. He came back to where I was residing -- again unannounced -- under the guise of celebrating his news of a baby, and proceeded to try to beat the evidence of his rape out of me. The timeline perfectly matched my "alleged" rape. He had denied everything, including any sexual encounter and this pregnancy would only reveal the truth.  As he choked me on the floor, I stared at the ceiling losing consciousness; and that was the first time I felt my baby kick before passing out.

When I woke up my rapist-abuser was gone.  I felt dizzy and confused.  Suddenly, I recalled the kick.  I cried for hours -- tears not about what happened with him, but tears of realizing that I simply couldn't kill this child.  It made no sense to keep a baby with my circumstances.  It made zero sense.  Yet, I had no way to get myself to terminate. 

This long yet extremely shortened summary of how my daughter came to be was ultimately to bring
you to where I am now.  I don't hide my life.  I try to be open and honest about all that I've lived through so that maybe somewhere, someone out there will see the story and see light at the end of the tunnel.

But, I don't have it all together.  Ten years has passed and I'm not totally over it all.  I'm not anywhere close to perfect and I don't like the pressure that the statements make me feel.  I just did what every mother ought to do -- I fought for my child.  I'm not a perfect example of resilience and strength.  I struggled, it hurt immensely, I still have small moments of anxiety and PTSD-related issues. The experience has given me so many good things, including my daughter, but no, it wasn't easy.  I made many mistakes following and will continue to make them.  But, I am so very happy.  Today I have a wonderful husband and four amazing children, with my oldest being the best older sister in the world.

What I did learn?

1. We are stronger than we know.  I didn't think I could live through so much, but I have and continue to do so.  I do so productively and in a positive way.

2. My daughter is smart, beautiful, helpful, compassionate, and everything that someone could wish for when having a child.  She deserved the chance to live, whether with me or another family.  She has a lot to contribute to this world and I'm grateful I didn't deny her and the world of her presence.

3. My suffering was not in vain.  The purpose of all I endured wasn't to destroy me, but it did build me up to become a better person.  I have empathy and compassion that I never felt before.  The intensity of love I feel for other people now is indescribable.

4. I learned to forgive easily.  I forgave so many.  The anger and resentment I once felt for various people is gone.  Having the bright light of my daughter helped me recover from the trauma, and also to forgive those who hurt me.

5. My burdens were lightened.  I can help others do the same to the best of my ability.  I spend as much time as possible helping other women in tough situations.  Post-abortive or not, women who've went through this need love and compassion.

6. The judicial system is severely broken and only those who try can change it.  The legal battles that followed, as well as the lack of counseling and support available was tragic.  I see why so many women stay with their abusers, or why they give up hope and turn to drugs or suicide.  The military system is fractured and needs major change for women to get through these kinds of situations.  Laws need to change!  Children conceived in rape need to be protected legally.  There are still a handful of states which allow rapists to retain parental rights even after rape has been proven.  

7. These babies not only deserve to live, but they offer a chance at a real prosecution for the rapists and possibly a baby for a family who would be thrilled to adopt.

I will end this by saying I know now much more than I did then.  If you need help, there are resources, but they can be difficult to find.  Do not give up.  Do not allow the abuser or rapist to take control of your life.  You have to fight!   It doesn't seem fair and I know this is the scariest thing you'll ever do, but do not give up on yourself or your child.  It will always be there, but it does not define you.  You are not a victim, you are a survivor.  Allow your child to be a survivor too.  Allow that baby a chance to live and help change the world.

BIO:  Heather Hobbs is a busy LDS wife and mom of four beautiful children actively engaged in the community with volunteer work and writing for the pro-life movement in the little free time left. She is a pro-life blogger for Save The 1.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

We Are The 1% - The Shocking Reality Behind The Numbers, by Jim Sable

1%. It doesn’t sound like very much. If the sales tax goes up 1% in your town, you may notice the slight increase and may shop somewhere else. If your weight goes up 1% after Thanksgiving, it’s most likely only temporary. If you buy a car with 1% better gas mileage, you may not notice anything different. But, what is the impact on human life because of abortion exceptions, which amount to about 1% of cases?

Why is the 20 week abortion ban seen as a tremendous opportunity for a pro-life victory, while eliminating the rape exception is nearly at the bottom of the priority list for ending abortion? Isn’t it shocking that the prospect of annually saving 18,000 babies' lives with the 20 week ban, a laudable goal, is enthusiastically pursued, while the chance to permanently protect the 32,000 or more babies conceived from rape every year, by eliminating all traces of the rape exception, is not supported by many in leadership positions, (both pro-life and clergy), and in political office?

The rape exception is a creation of the abortion rights movement, but is accepted and promoted by some in the pro-life community out of a false sense of compassion, because it is the popular view, or because of pro-life politics. Most of these people do not consider my life at all. To them, the rape exception is only a concept.

I was conceived when my mother was attacked on her way home from work in the late summer of 1957. It is interesting to note that at the same time in 1957, members of a prominent lawyers group, The American Law Institute, (ALI), proposed and recommended that the first exceptions policy guidelines be added to state abortion prohibition laws. The ALI exceptions were: grave physical or mental health impact to the mother, evidence that the child would be born with a grave physical or mental defect, and rape and incest.

Mississippi added a rape exception in 1966. Colorado was the first state to incorporate the ALI exceptions in 1967. Thirteen states were using the ALI exceptions template by the time Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

I discovered my conception story in 2005, and the news was initially devastating. I have thought about my conception every day since, but, the initial pain has been replaced by a powerful pro-life energy and purpose. What is still devastating is the constant push for “exceptions” in law. It is quite a significant betrayal when the exception efforts come from the pro-life side. Their efforts, projecting them back to 1957, would have resulted in not protecting my life. Today, the exceptions target tens of thousands of babies when they are added to pro-life legislation. Our collective efforts at Save The 1 work to end the exceptions era and explain why exceptions are bad pro-life policy.

Unfortunately, those who advocate for exceptions never tell anyone when the rape exception era will end. They never tell us what has to happen in order to permanently eliminate the exceptions. They don’t seem to believe that the exceptions strategy is a broken strategy. They don’t make the connection between the rape exception and the history of the Roe v. Wade decision. They deemphasize the rape exception by saying that it only amounts to 1% of cases. This may be the most common rationale behind the promotion of the rape exception.

What is behind the facade of that 1% deflection? How can you say to a targeted group of people, “Sorry, there just aren’t enough of you to work very hard to protect?” There is a number that beyond which no one in the pro-life community could ignore. They never tell us what that number is, if they’ve even considered what it should be. It is clear that 1% is not enough. And, it is the ultimate cruelty. It is cruel to the rape-conceived. It is saying: “Your numbers are not significant enough to make it worthwhile to fight for your protection.” It is also cruel to women. Cruel and shocking. I don’t think anyone that supports exceptions has even considered it.

Being 1% is not yet enough to achieve legal protection for the rape-conceived. In order for that number to be higher and “significant” enough to be noticed, even MORE women would have to be raped and pregnant. Can you think of anything crueler than that? Is that really what it is going to take to end the “exceptions” era? Must we add countless more traumatized women to the 1% in order to surpass the mystery magic number necessary to purge exceptions from orthodox pro-life strategy? The obvious answer is NO! 1% is way more than enough.

Our founder and President, Rebecca Kiessling, discusses how exceptions impacted the Roe v. Wade decision in this article.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/rebecca-kiessling/the-trouble-with-unprincipled-incrementalism-and-allowing-for-exceptions/10150193880073154/

And this previous Save The 1 article expands on the point about the broken strategy.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/rape-exceptions-in-congress-a-broken-record

Please visit our SaveThe1.com website to learn the best responses to the defenses of the rape exception and answers to the questions you may hear. Please add the arguments presented in this short essay to bolster the information you will find on our website.

BIO


Jim Sable is a husband and father of 4 -- 3 biological sons and one recently-adopted daughter from China. He and his wife Wendy are both adopted. Conceived in rape, Jim is also a Board Member, national pro-life speaker and pro-life blogger for Save The 1.

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing-ACOG’s not so hidden agenda, by Rachel Mary Guy

Obstetrics is an abortion industry disguised as women’s healthcare, safe deliveries of “some” babies and care for “some” babies.

Few in Christendom would disagree with the reality that abortion is the single biggest human rights’ violation of our generation. The dehumanizing and devaluing of an entire people group, the preborn children, merely because of their location has cost millions of lives since the passing of Roe v Wade in 1973. In a world that has rejected God that is not altogether surprising but what is surprising is that this Holocaust is taking place in an area that was once committed to doing no harm and represents themselves as the beacon of care and that is the medical field and more specifically obstetrics.

What a curious thing that an area of medicine and not just any area of medicine but the very field that is entrusted with the care of a mother and her child is the contributing to, promoting and supporting this genocide of an entire people group-the preborn. Victor Frankel, during WWII, had a famous quote where he said, “The ovens of Auschwitz, were prepared in the classrooms of Germany.”(1) This terrifying truth is exactly the reality today that the deaths of millions of preborn children, were prepared in the classrooms of college classes that are supposed to teach on medicine, the helping and healing of others but rather teach on the systematic desensitizing of how medical students would see the child in utero.

The field of obstetrics has dehumanized the preborn child in such a manner that ob/gyns can perform an abortion and actually think they are doing some sort of good for society. How can this field that is supposed to be dedicated to the care of a mother and her child have fallen so far? It goes back to Victor Frankel’s famous quote and there is an organization that has been all too happy to make sure that those very doctors who were educated in the area of gynecology and obstetrics become removed from seeing the preborn child as a distinct individual made uniquely in God’s Image with a purpose and just as much value as the human being outside of the womb.

This organization is called ACOG. The wolf in sheep’s clothing. ACOG is the acronym for The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. This is a 501(c)(3) organization. It is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing healthcare for women. It has about 58,000 members and they are said to strongly advocate for quality healthcare for women, promote patient education, bring awareness to issues facing women and supposedly maintain the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education. They have a 501(c)(6) companion organization as well.

Most would hear the name ACOG and the description of all that they do for “women’s healthcare” and applaud this organization for having the backs of women, but this organization has a not so hidden agenda that does not care for the health and rights of all women as the precious females ( and males) in utero are not included in this quality of care but rather are targets of ACOG’s agenda to promote and encourage performing abortions as well as promoting fetal tissue experimentation. How can an educated, developed society offer its youngest members to the fires of Molech and what makes this so sinister is the fact that this education of dehumanizing and desensitizing is taking place in the classrooms that are supposed to be places of learning to do no harm, use medicine to heal and help and champion life but that is not what is happening.

ACOG must be exposed. At its foundation, ACOG is all about promoting abortion. ACOG believes that the harm of a preborn child is more important than protecting them. One of the founding fellows of ACOG, joining in 1952, Dr Jane Hodgson was a longtime abortion rights advocate. Right here we see the very foundation of ACOG was founded in a culture of death cleverly disguised as women’s healthcare. Dr. Hodgson was such a strong supporter of abortion that she received the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award in 1995. Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood was a eugenist and this award is founded in applauding the recipient’s work in abortion advocating which of course is in essence an award applauding the furthering of the culture of death and marginalizing an entire people group's lives.

ACOG is founded in promoting abortion and they are bold in their evil views toward dehumanizing the preborn children as they promote that the sick in utero and those preborn babies seen as “inconvenient” be aborted. ACOG has openly said they believe that “personhood” for the preborn child takes away from abortion rights so like Planned Parenthood they have an abortion agenda but again the terrifying thing is that ACOG is involved with the medical field, the very field that is to be committed to helping and healing, not destroying lives. ACOG recommends integrating first trimester abortion training into family medicine training. How ironic, yet again, that “family” medicine would be an area that ACOG would want to see one of the family members destroyed merely because of the geographical location of the child. It would be criminal to suggest that a child outside of the womb be destroyed due to health status or no longer wanted, yet ACOG has open season on the preborn child’s destruction.


Let’s take the first point “Implement the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirement that all obstetrics and gynecology residency programs provide training in comprehensive women’s reproductive health care, including opt-out abortion training, in which training is routinely integrated into residency but residents with religious or moral objections can opt out of participation.” This is not a mere ‘opt-out’ as stated by ACOG but a “requirement that all obstetrics and gynecology residency programs provide training in comprehensive women’s reproductive health care, including opt-out abortion training, in which training is routinely integrated into residency but residents with religious or moral objections can opt out of participation.”(1) And yet digging deeper, if medicine desires to retrain people’s views or more so sink deep into people’s minds that abortion is a mere “blob of tissue” being removed or “a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body” then is this statement of ‘opt-out’ even considered an option? If ACOG requires medicine to harm a woman by destroying her child then how can ACOG say they truly care for women?
(ACOG. “Abortion Training and Education” PMLA no. 612, November 2014 https://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Abortion-Training-and-Education.) They require OBs to train in abortion.

Another statement which is a contradiction if ACOG is going to ‘opt-out’ on abortion training yet say that they will “Include abortion education in the curricula of all medical schools” then this is not a your view vs my view” but a forced agenda from ACOG misrepresenting OB/GYN care or frankly choosing to redefine what true woman and child healthcare looks like. If medicine desires to “include abortion education in curricula of all medical schools” then how can an OB/GYN learn proper medical care for a preborn child who is in the womb if one continuously says to abort this child? How then can a medical doctor in training learn that life is to be taken literally if they are being educated through a lens of ‘choice’ rather than being educated through a lens of care.

In an article from ACOG in March of 2016, they state, “However, current attacks on fetal tissue research, part of an effort to oppose and disparage safe, legal abortion in this country, represent a significant setback in our Nation’s approach to science and our patients’ hope for future breakthroughs.”(1) This sounds like something out of a Planned Parenthood newsletter not from an organization that is a group of medical people supposedly dedicated to the care of women and families. Experimenting on fetal tissue also sounds like something out of the experiments done during Nazi Germany another time in our history where an entire people group was dehumanized and a society was brainwashed willingly into marginalizing the lives of millions to the point of sitting by silently as that people group was exterminated.
(DeFrancesco, Mark S., MD, MBA, President of the ACOG American College of OBGYN. “ACOG statement of fetal tissue research.” PMLA no. 1 https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/Statements/2016/ACOG-Statement-In-Support-of-Fetal-Tissue-Research)

ACOG also promotes and advocates for fetal tissue research.  In March of 2016, they sent out a letter saying, As leading academic medical centers and scientific and medical societies who conduct and support life-saving research, we have grave concerns about legislative proposals to restrict the use of fetal tissue for research.”(1) This is directly linked with abortion. They say in one breath they want to do fetal tissue research to help others and yet that very help comes only through the death of an innocent victim - the preborn child.
Associate of American Medical Colleges. “AAMC." PMLA no. 1 March 18, 2016 https://www.aamc.org/download/444248/data/statementinsupportoffetaltissueresearch.pdf.

In November of 2014, in ACOG’s Committee Opinion, they say, “Safe, legal abortion is a necessary component of women’s health care.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the availability of high- quality reproductive health services for all women and is committed to improving access to abortion.  Access to abortion is threatened by state and federal government restrictions, limitations on public funding for abortion services and training, stigma, violence against abortion providers and death of abortion providers.”(1)  This organization is not committed to the whole health care of a women when they point blank are advocating for the death of the preborn child.  This poses mammoth ethical issues when medical students are being desensitized to the life of the preborn child and educated that abortion is a form of women’s healthcare.
ACOG. “Abortion Training and Education” PMLA no. 612, November 2014 https://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Abortion-Training-and-Education. They believe that abortion is “women’s healthcare.”

Death of a people group should never be viewed as any form of health care, but when an organization like ACOG is endorsing and encouraging education on abortions then young medical students are being slowly lulled into believing that taking a life is actually a form of health care.  How can that ever be ethical.

Caring for women’s health will never mean empowering them to choose death and caring for women’s health will never mean educating future doctors that ending an innocent human being’s life is ever the answer.  And what a brutal death it is for that preborn child no matter at what gestational age. And ACOG does not even present the accurate information on fetal pain as they wrongly educate and completely dismiss the horrific pain that preborn child feels during the abortion procedure. A preborn child DOES experience pain and ACOG completely denies this truth.

ACOG said, “A human fetus does not have the capacity to experience pain until after viability. Rigorous scientific studies have found that the connections necessary to transmit signals from peripheral sensory nerves to the brain, as well as the brain structures necessary to process those signals, do not develop until at least 24 weeks gestation…”(1) This is simple scientifically not accurate hence medical students are desensitized to the horrific pain the preborn child experiences during an abortion-starved to death in the first trimester and systematically dismembered in the second and third trimesters. Is this the action of a civilized society and furthermore is this medical care? Dismembering human beings? According to ACOG this is in fact medical care of the highest order and a generation of numb, callous ob/gyns is being cultivated to see abortion as medical care. Hitler was famous for saying if you tell a lie long enough, that people will believe it and that is what is happening through the lies of ACOG.
American College Obstetricians and Gynecology.“Facts Are Important Fetal Pain” PMLA no. 1 (July 2013) https://www.acog.org/-/m edia/Departments/Government-Re lations-and-Outreach/FactAreIm portFetalPain.pdf. They deny scientific proof that the babies in the womb feel pain.

The medical field along with ACOG is to blame for making murder legal. When an organization like ACOG that is held in high esteem that has the power to influence the medical field uses the vocabulary of medical care to describe the destruction of a people group, we have used semantics yet again to lull people into thinking that that which is outrageous is normal, good and right and that is what ACOG has been doing. Slavery, Jewish genocide, and more were all founded in a dehumanizing a vocabulary used to describe these people groups.

In Brennan’s “Dehumanizing the Vulnerable” he says so powerfully, “The power of language to color one’s view of reality is profound. In many instances, the most significant factor determining how an object will be perceived is not the nature of the object itself, but the words employed to characterize it.”(  1 ) Brennan hits the nail on the head. When an organization like ACOG champions abortion and uses the vocabulary of healthcare, not only does an entire population drink the koolaid but an entire generation of medical doctors embrace and act on that thinking and can with no moral convictions and no conviction of conscience tear a child limb from limb and stop that beating heart all in the name of women’s health care. How far have we fallen.

Doctors know that life begins at fertilization. The issue is not all about when does life begin, but will society continue to reject the evidence it has and counter argue the truth about life for a true undercut of the value of life by making up some seemingly “noble reason” to abort. If doctors advocate for abortion and society looks to doctors to have the answers then it is truly sheep being led to the slaughter.

ACOG is unethical in every manner suggesting abortion as health care and advocating for abortion training. Abortion training is unnecessary for reasons followed. Abortion is not medical care. Abortion is a procedure to take a living child out of his home. Obstetrics is supposed to care for the child and mother regardless of what another may say. This child is as much in a physician's care as the mom. Treating an unborn with such disrespect as killing them deserves such punishment, by being racist towards someone giving or not giving certain care based on sickness. To deny a child the right to continue life because of sickness is racist and discriminatory.  Because a each patient is equal they deserve equal rights to care. HIPPA-the first oath states, “first, do not harm” this harm does not specify to whom to or not to not harm, but gives a general protection to all patients. Now if OB considers can unborn their patient, then how can harm be apart of this “care” from a medical standpoint and from HIPPAs requirements. If an unborn is a child/person which has already been established then how can a physician deny care to an unborn under HIPPA as consider reconcilable as ‘healthcare’ when one is breaching the oath of care and scaring a child. No person’s “healthcare” can ever be true care if a physician takes harm as the definition for a situation medically. Take a preborn child who supposedly has Trisomy 13, a physician wants to give “healthcare” advice by suggesting abortion. Now if this child is truly the doctor’s patient how can this medical person have the moral rights to suggest that this child is degraded to the degree of death?

I was one of those children. 19 years ago, my parents were completely shocked when they were in for a rude awakening that the medical field sometimes uses their power to advocate for death.

Three doctors insisted that my parents abort me and  the doctors’ rationale for insisting my life be ended was based on that they “assumed” I had Trisomy 18 so these doctors immediately devalued my very life, yes doctors, and relegated my life to being disposable and not worth fighting for and gave me a death sentence all because my only crime was being sick in utero. My parents to this day were and are dumbfounded that some in the medical community deem a child’s life in utero as disposable just because that child is sick. Thank heavens I have parents who allow God and the intrinsic value of all life to guide their decisions, unlike the medical field, and they fought for me and 19 years later here I am advocating for the value of ALL life and praying the medical field realizes they are not God and it is completely unethical, even without factoring in Biblical truth, to devalue ANY human life and to end human life in the name of medical care.

In the book, Dehumanizing the Vulnerable by Brennan, he says, “Today, scores of human lives before birth are proficiently snuffed out in a display of “raw medical power” in radical opposition to the physician-as-healer principle embodied in the doctor’s most basic code of ethics, the Hippocratic Oath, an oath containing explicit condemnations of killing, both inside and outside the womb. The uterus-once a private sanctuary suited for growth and development-has been transformed into a deadly environment polluted by the invasion of destructive instruments and poisonous substances. The bodies of the undesired unborn are torn apart, dismembered, obliterated, poisoned, or subjected to lethal injections. Their remains are exploited for research, harvested as tissue and organ trans-plants, and either incinerated or dumped into the sewage and waste disposal systems.”(page 27)

You can see how biased they are. They have abortion as a foundation goal for all eternity for ACOG but we will change that through exposing their deeds and praying for their hearts. If I could share this with the medical field what they are buying into and what foundation they are being taught I believe that maybe people would choose. I plead with you to hear and take in everything that I am sharing with you about what they say.

ACOG denies personhood to praise child killing. ACOG a systematic plot to take life. “Personhood” Measures: Impact on Contraception So-called “personhood” measures would establish fertilized eggs as separate legal persons under the laws of a state. These measures have qualified for the ballot in only two states—Colorado in 2008 and 2010, and Mississippi in 2011. All three failed by wide margins. These measures erode women’s right to privacy and bodily integrity, deny women access to the full spectrum of preventive health care including contraception, and undermine the doctor-patient relationship. As acknowledged by proponents, these measures would not only outlaw abortion but also embryonic stem cell research, infertility treatments, cancer treatments, and popular methods of birth control.”(2)
American College Obstetricians and Gynecology. “Talking Points on State Legislation “Personhood” Measures: Impact on Contraception.” PMLA no. 1 (February 10, 2012): https://www.acog.org/-/media/Departments/LARC/TalkingPointsonPersonhoodMeasures.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20171114T0030062242. They deny personhood and share why personhood is a threat.

Abortion, which is what ACOG advocates, takes away being able to focus on true healthcare which is helping the sick by helping these children in utero survive and by fighting for their lives which is what the medical field is called to do, no matter the outcome.

Please listen to this plea as the words written in this paper that are mine speak from a heart of sadness and wanting to emphasize how wrong it is for ACOG to use their power to advocate and educating for the taking of innocent lives. Please take these in as the painful truths about ACOG’s bias and protocol about who they really are. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. My heart is to see the medical field’s foundation transformed to God’s glory. May the unethical practices of ACOG be stopped.

American College Obstetricians and Gynecology. “ACOG today news and information important to you and your practice” PMLA no. 4 January 2007https://www.acog.org/-/media/ACOG-Today/acogToday0107.pd f?mc=1&ts=20171105T2112476304.

ACOG. “Abortion Training and Education” PMLA no. 612, November 2014 https://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Healt h-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Abortion-Training-and-Education.

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Abstract:
A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
The Truth about ACOG

During WWII, Victor Frankel said, “The ovens of Auschwitz were prepared in the classrooms of Germany.” Not much has changed except there is a new target-the preborn children. The classrooms are yet again being used to educate on dehumanizing an entire people group and to desensitize an entire generation of doctors to the value and humanity of the preborn child. One of the biggest culprits behind this is an organization called ACOG. The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (“ACOG”) has been denying the value of the preborn child and promoting abortion. One would never expect the field of obstetrics and gynecology, who say they care for women and babies, to not care about preborn life and actually advocate for the termination of life inside the womb. ACOG has been advocating for the preborn to not be seen as valuable through education in medical school, articles, denying science and having a founder of ACOG who received the Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger award which further exemplifies their bias and agenda. ACOG is using their power for that which is inherently unethical as they are stripping an entire people group of their humanity and intrinsic value. This is not ethical especially in a field that once stood on the oath to do no harm. ACOG must be held accountable and needs to educate on fighting for the lives of the unborn children rather than teaching a doctrine of extermination. What part of that is ethical?

BIO



Rachel Mary Guy is a freshman at Chattahoochee Technical College. In her mid teens she created and still serves in two ministries, and is on the board of two pro-life organizations. Rachel has written for LiveAction and is a speaker for Save the 1.