Regarding Emily's link to Matt Kaufman's article "Abortion And Rape" below, this wouldn't fit in the comments and since Emily has invited me to be a fellow blogger on this, it's as good a way to start as any.
Recently in an article about a Rosary Procession by our Bishop and 300 Catholics around the local abortion center, my local newspaper quoted one woman bystander, a self-described Catholic, as asking, "What if someone gets raped?"
I wrote the paper a letter, the gist of which follows. I commend Matt Kaufman for his article. He's made great points and is brave for doing so.
My question for anyone who supports abortion in cases of rape: Have you asked the victims? Too many assume that abortion will help rape victims put the attacks behind them and go on with their lives.
I know several women personally who were raped, yet they weren't disgusted by having their babies. They didn't want to victimize themselves twice. They felt that if they got through the pregnancy, they would have conquered their rapes. By giving birth, they reclaimed some lost self-esteem. And their children today give them the most unending joy and confirmation that they did the right thing.
I also know women who were raped and did abort. THEY attribute their suffering from emptiness, nightmares and depressions to their abortions, not their rapes.
In the only major study of pregnant rape victims ever done, Dr. Sandra Mahkorn found that 75 to 85 percent chose against abortion. The women she studied believed abortion would be just another violent act perpetrated against their bodies.
Listen to the words of Julie Makimaa, conceived by a rape. Makimaa founded _Fortress International_, an organization committed to defending BOTH victims of sexual assault pregnancies: the women who become mothers and the children conceived: "It doesn't matter how I began. What matters is who I will become."
Makimaa quotes one rape victim who said, "I, having lived through rape, and also having raised a child 'conceived in rape,' feel personally assaulted and insulted every time I hear that abortion should be legal because of rape and incest. I feel that we're being used by pro-abortionists to further the abortion issue, even though we've not been asked to tell our side."
A FORMERLY staunch abortion supporter, syndicated columnist Frederica Mathewes-Green said it best, “What rape takes away from a woman, abortion cannot restore.”