Why is abortion such a divisive issue in our culture and the world today? Why does the issue of life in a mother’s womb even divide Christians? It’s politics; abortion is big business. God speaks very clearly in Scripture on the value of the unborn. It’s the basis for both the Jewish and Christian faiths.
But we’ve all heard someone say, “I’m pro-life… except in cases of rape,” or “I’m pro-choice, especially in cases of rape!” One response would be ‘don’t punish the baby for the sins of the father.’ Justice demands that only perpetrators pay for their crimes. We must not punish innocent children for someone else’s crime.
TODAY’S GUEST: Paula Peyton is a Pro-Life Speaker who was conceived in rape, and is the mother of a beautiful son, Caleb, who was also conceived in rape. Her story has been featured by Live Action, Life News, Life Site News, and other pro-life blogs and news sources. An avid writer, she shares her thoughts on the Save the 1 blog and speaks at various events.
Also a sidewalk counselor and devoted advocate for her son and all people conceived like him, Paula enjoys sharing the testimony of her conversion from pro-choice volunteer with Planned Parenthood and a private abortion facility to pro-life activist. She hopes to help change our culture to make abortion unthinkable. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Paula writes: “God gave me the opportunity to share with others about the humanity of ALL human beings in the womb. My son has never been worth less because of his size, age, location, or circumstances of conception. He is the same unique, valuable person today that he was three years ago in his first ultrasound picture.”
“Your hands shaped me and made me . . . Did You not clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life.” (Job 10:8–12)
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she said…44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. Luke 1:41, 44
Save The 1 – Save The 1’s mission is to educate everyone on why all pre-born children should be protected by law and accepted by society, without exception and without compromise. Further, we wish to educate prolife advocates, legislatures, leaders, and clergy on how to articulate a proper defense of children conceived in rape or incest, as well as those with special needs.
A baby is not the worst thing which can happen to a rape victim — an abortion is. Hollywood, Planned Parenthood, the public schools and a complicit media will never report the truth about this, but millions of women suffer severe anguish after having had an abortion;
The Anguish of Abortion: Rape is traumatizing enough, but Paula did not also have to endure what many young women do. Some have an abortion, try to act normal, and hide the fact that they are in physical or emotional pain. But after receiving an abortion, these are some of the verifiable symptoms many women experience:
- Alcohol or drug use to distract from the pain; anger, anxiety, (probably non-specific or in form of panic attack) abusive relationships, (believing she doesn’t deserve anything better).
- Denial/repression (the “pushing down” of intolerable emotions), depression, deterioration of self-worth/self-image, disruption in relationships (increasing inability to be intimate or social with friends and family).
- Eating disorders, feelings of helplessness or powerlessness, flashbacks, grief; guilt, having unprotected sex or increased sexual activity as self-punishment.
- Nightmares about a baby crying, death, or the same nightmare over and over; preoccupation with the abortion procedure or thoughts of babies. Regret, remorse, sadness to the point of inability to handle basic responsibilities, self-destructive behavior, and suicidal thoughts or attempts.
What It Means to be 100% Pro-Life – Rebecca Kiessling interview
Abortion Hurts Us All David Fiorazo