WASHINGTON, May 1, 2016 — Fifty years ago, the state of Mississippi opened a dark, new chapter on abortion. According to Juda Myers, executive director of Choices4 Life, on May 8, 1966, the state legislature made it legal to abort children conceived in rape.
On May 6 this year, the FREEDOM MARCH #LIFEWINS wants to bring an end to prejudice against the rape-conceived.
Mississippi legislators passed House Bill 562, which paved the way for the first, legal U.S. abortion. It not only became law on Mother’s Day, but paved the way for 19 additional states to legalize abortion before Roe V. Wade.
Beginning in 2011, states began to pass a growing number of new laws to narrow abortion rights. This coincided with conservative legislative strength in states which allowed for greater protection of the unborn than in any other year since Roe V. Wade.
These new laws are designed to limit abortions via mechanisms like time limitations and “personhood” legislation. They generally include exemptions for unborn children conceived in rape. According to the National Review, some prolife advocates accept that exceptionless laws are politically impossible to pass, creating tacit support for legislation that excludes those cases. As a bargaining tool to gain more support, legislators have used incest and rape exceptions as “giveaways” in order to increase the likelihood of passage.
In addition, many Americans who are uncertain about abortion are not necessarily uncertain about supporting abortion in cases of rape.
Choices4Life is gathering in the state capitol to rally pro-life forces there and across the nation to end the rape exception in abortion legislation. Mothers and children of rape conception will be in attendance at the two-day event to address the ongoing discrimination they receive in America.
Mothers from around the nation will be honored at a reception the evening before the march, for taking the courageous step to protect the life of their unborn baby against societal and familial pressures.
The opposition women face for keeping an unborn baby often originates with family members, according to Myers. She stressed, “Many family members hate the child, especially in the beginning. My own grandmother wanted me dead before I was born. But many times the child completely changes the heart of family members because few people look at a baby and feel anything but joy.” Myers added, “One woman told me her biracial child changed the heart of her racist father!”
Melting the heart of family members is an important step, but society itself needs to be reminded that an exception for rape conception is actually a license to murder future Doctors, lawyers, singers, teachers, pastors, mothers, fathers, authors, and even journalists like Kelly Wright, a Fox News weekend anchor.
According to Wright, his mother who was 16 years-old at the time of the 1954 rape kept him, because she felt, “This is God telling me that this may be the only biological child I have,” reported Life Site News. The Fox News anchor who is also a pastor added, “It just shows how God was looking out for me and I had a purpose to live for.”
Wright and Myers’ mothers made the decision to protect the lives of their unborn babies. They and many others face some degree of psychological trauma that can negatively affect them as well their children.
Myers is concerned about this and has spent years working with rape survivors and their children. She said, “Many want to end their lives for all the horrible things said about them. Young mothers are called whores and liars for loving and saving their rape conceived babies.”
This should not be a surprise.
Hollywood has often portrayed the rape conceived as villains, demons and crazed killers. For Instance, tens of millions of avid followers and fans of Freddy Krueger, the infamous demon protagonist in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie series’ had a rape conception birth.
His demonic acts were rationalized by movie creator Wes Craven as being due to his mother’s rape in a mental institution.
The rape-conceived became the unintended targets of the horror genre. Being conceived due to rape became likened to being born evil.
The Freddy Krueger story is just one example of Hollywood victimizing the innocent children of rape. The stain of their violent conception marks them as evil.
Myers insists that this type of movie sustains a negative stigma that far too many people put on rape-conceived children. She feels that education and condemnation of the stigma are needed. “We need a paradigm shift in how the rape-conceived person and mother are viewed and treated. We must condemn the prejudice just as we condemn any other prejudice,” stated Myers.
FREEDOM MARCH #LIFEWINS Details:
- WHERE: Jackson, Mississippi State Capitol/ 400 Mississippi Street
- WHEN: May 6, 2016
- TIMES: 9:30 AM Press Conference (Inside Capitol 1st Floor Rotunda)
12:00PM CST Rally & Honor for Life Award Ceremony for mothers who chose life after rape @ Mississippi Southside Capitol Steps
1:45PM CST March Around the Capitol
- WHAT: Press Conference/Rally/March
- WHY: Awareness for and Recognition of Mothers and Children of Rape Conception
- WHO: Open to the public free of charge
- CONTACT : Juda Myers firstname.lastname@example.org
- CALL: 1-800-997-LIFE  or 281-451-8460
Myers firmly believes that Choices4Life, which she established in 2011 to promote and restore honor and dignity to women and children of rape-conception, can make a difference to end rape-conceived abortion exceptions.
There is already progress. The National Women’s Law Center reported in 2013 that most new curtailments on abortion rights don’t make exceptions when a woman has become pregnant by rape:
- 86 percent (235 provisions) of the 273 provisions that were introduced in state legislatures to restrict a woman’s access to abortion apply to a woman whose pregnancy resulted from rape.
- 71 percent (27 provisions) of the 38 state provisions restricting women’s access to abortion enacted by the states apply to a woman whose pregnancy resulted from rape.
- 72 percent (18 bills) of the 25 bills introduced in the United States Congress to restrict a woman’s access to abortion apply to a woman whose pregnancy resulted from rape.
The American Christian Civil Rights Movement executive director Judi Lake suggests that the delegates to the GOP Republican convention in July should stand firm on the GOP’s 2012 abortion position statement. Lake stressed, “The 2012 SANCTITY AND DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE GOP platform statement on abortion must remain intact if the growing protection for all unborn including those conceived in rape will continue to see progress in America.”
The SANCTITY AND DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE GOP platform statement declares, “We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”
The time to end 50 years of legalized genocide is now. Silence on the issue is betrayal.
“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.