When she was 16, Veronica Cardona, a Colombian young woman, became pregnant after being raped by her own father. But she chose life for her child. Now she encourages women who have been through similar experiences. Her testimony was broadcast by EWTN News:
It was a huge shock to realize that I was pregnant. I felt right then that my life had been ruined, especially because I know that the baby on the way was the ‘product’ of being raped by my own father. I fell into depression for several days, I did not want to kill an innocent child, but I felt fear, perhaps the same fear that many women experience when they learn they are pregnant.
I was afraid I could not go on, that people would judge me or feel sorry for me. I was afraid to confront reality and I was afraid of being alone.
I could not understand how a God so good and so loving could allow this to happen to me, that I had never done anything bad in my life. I asked for strength to carry one, and now I am sure that he was always with me through many tearful days and nights. He was the one encouraging me and lifting me up
Of course my entire family, the doctors, the judges, everyone, wanted me to get an abortion, and more so because in Colombia abortion had just been legalized in three instances: for rape, fetal deformation and life of the mother.
I realized I had no right to take anyone’s life, much less that of a defenseless little person, a tiny person who had done nothing to me.
I feel the enormous need to scream the truth to the world, which is that a child will never remind you of the circumstances, because he or she is an absolutely different person. On the contrary, that child will help you heal your wounds, give you joy and meaning to your existence.
Abortion doesn’t make anybody un-pregnant. Killing is not an option, it is the worst decision.
I was infuriated, and still am, by the arguments by abortion supporters who hide behind cases like mine to kill the innocent and fill their pockets with money stained by innocent blood, saying that each time you see this child you are going to remember that awful moment when you were raped.
By the grace of God I was able to forgive my father, look him in the eyes and thank him for giving me life.
Ana Benderas from the American pro-life organization Live Action has shared on Live Action’s Youtube channel a video in which she explains why she thinks that all unborn children should have a right-to-life no matter how they were created:
Have you ever heard someone say that they think abortion is wrong except in cases of rape? It seemingly makes sense because of the emotional aspect, but let’s think about this further. I think it’s important to know why that person thinks abortion is wrong in all the other cases.
Most often they’ll tell you because it kills an innocent life or because it kills a baby. So why is it not wrong to kill a baby who was conceived in rape? Is this life any less valuable? It just doesn’t seem fair to give the baby the death penalty for the crime of his father. Abortion is wrong because it intentionally kills innocent human beings whose lives are valuable no matter how they were conceived.
Pattie Malette chose life for international pop star Justin Bieber. Victim of sexual abuse in childhood, Pattie went early on the path of binge drinking, drugs and sex, had a suicide attempt and later got pregnant when she was only 17. Althoguh she was encorouged to get an abortion, she refused. She explained later, as quoted by The Daily Mail:
I just knew I couldn’t. I just knew I had to keep him. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I just knew that I couldn’t abort. I had to do my best, and I was determined to do whatever it took.