A 'Bunch' of Men Convinced Me Not to Have an Abortion

Monday, 29 Oct 2012 05:34 PM

By Alveda King

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Dear President Obama:

“A bunch" of males convinced me not to abort my child.

President Obama went on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Friday night to attack Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said in a debate that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen."

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President Obama chats with host Jay Leno during a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
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Obama insisted, "This is exactly why you don't want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women's healthcare decisions. Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors — and for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff, often times without any information, is a huge problem," he said, adding, “Roe vs. Wade is probably hanging in the balance” of the upcoming election.

Perhaps Mr. Mourdock could have said that God allows uncomfortable circumstances to occur, and that whatever is intended for evil, God can bring forth good.

God loves the mother and the baby; both are victims of the rape. Babies are not evil, no matter the circumstances of their conception.

As to President Obama’s concerns regarding “a bunch” of mostly male politicians making decisions about women’s lives and their bodies, three African-American males — Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., my grandfather; the father of my son; and my brother — made a decision for me when they insisted that I not abort my son.

Granddaddy said the baby was not “a lump of flesh” but was a person. My brother agreed. The baby’s father was a medical resident who said to me, “no abortion. This is a baby with 46 chromosomes, 23 from you, 23 from me. I want mine back alive.”

This bunch of males was right. I was wrong — period. By the way, men do regret lost fatherhood. Read the eye opening book by Kevin Burke.

Attorney and author Rebecca Kiessling challenges the rape exception in a very personal way — as only a survivor can. Visit her website for more information.

Consider the following:

1. The U.S. Supreme Court has said that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment for rapists and that rapists don’t deserve the death penalty. I don’t think the innocent child conceived in rape deserves the death penalty either for crimes of the father. It seems to me that is cruel and unusual punishment.

2. Rape victims are four times more likely to die within the next year after the abortion, with a higher rate of suicide, murder, drug overdose, etc. As someone who really cares about rape victims, I want to protect them from the rapist, and from the abortion, but not the baby. A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim — an abortion is. We need to educate the American public on the truth in this matter and not make public policy based on myth and misinformation.

3. Rape victims choose abortion at half the rate of the average unplanned pregnancy, which is over 50 percent. Only 15-25 percent of rape victims choose abortion, according to various studies. The majority of rape victims choose to raise their child — as not “the rapist’s baby” — but her child.

Of course, I also think it helps to share personal stories.

There are lots of stories out there of women who became pregnant by rape — and either regret aborting, have decided to raise their children, or have given up their children for adoption.

There are also many testimonies from omen conceived in rape and/or incest. You can find some of those stories here.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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