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Fifty four million fetuses have been aborted since Roe v Wade became law.

FIFTY...FOUR...MILLION.

The point is that very few pregnancies occur as the result of rape, and many of those pregnancies go to term.

The politician didn't say the assaulted woman should be FORCED to bear such a child. He said that EVEN a child conceived through rape deserves to live.

Which is true. Here are some stories of rape-conceived children.

Concord, NH -- Whenever attorney Rebecca Kiessling hears people condemn abortion except in the case of rape or incest, she feels a deep personal pain. She was conceived during a rape. Her birth mother attempted to get an abortion, but they were illegal at the time and she ultimately decided against it. Her frightened mother gave up her baby for adoption instead. Kiessling was adopted by a Jewish couple in Michigan who raised her in their faith and encouraged her to become a lawyer. Until her late teens, she had no idea of the circumstances of her birth or the identity of her birth mother. Last week, Kiessling spoke to about 350 people in Concord's Sacred Heart Church after most had just completed the annual March for Life from the New Hampshire State House to the church.

"The biggest message I have is all life has value," Kiessling said.

Kiessling, 32, of Rochester Hills, Mich., is a semi-retired Christian lawyer, having closed her law office to take care of her family and speak around the country. She still does some pro-bono legal work for women and pro-life groups. She and her husband, Bob, adopted their son Caleb, who often travels with her. His birth mother was 16 and conceived him at a rave party.

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I have a half-sister who was the product of my mother being raped in a hospital in 1965. I have no doubt in my mind that if abortion would have been legal then, she would have been nothing but a statistic. Instead, she was adopted by a Christian couple, who raised her in a stable, happy family. Today, she has been happily married for many years, and has three beautiful children (none of whom would be alive if their mother had been aborted, of course). Politicians who make a rape and incest exception are trying to appear 'moderate', but all this does is undermine their supposed pro-life position. It is intellectually silly to say that life begins at conception, and then in the next breath say that it is ok to kill some simply because of the sin of their fathers. My experience leads me to believe that politicians who do this bear watching, as they are likely to compromise on a whole range of issues, if they will compromise a life and death issue such as this.

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I am the grandmother of a child conceived in rape. He, his mother and sister live with us. I wouldn't give up this child for anything in heaven or earth. He is a delight. He is full of laughter and joy. He is overflowing with love and sweetness. At age 3 and 1/2 he has wrapped the entire family around his little finger. He is the rose in the briar patch. Yes, his conception was not what we wanted, but he is such a gift that the entire world would be less without him. We are TRULY grateful to God for the gift that he is.

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I have a friend who was raped when she was 17 (stranger rape). She not only had the baby, but KEPT him! He is now 9 years old, and a beautiful, happy, healthy child. I asked my friend once if she was sorry she had him. She said no. I asked her if, when she looked at her son, she saw her rapist in him. She said never. She said that, during her pregnancy, she was afraid of how she would feel about her baby, but, once she held him, she never felt that again. She said that her son is the light of her life and she doesn't know what she would do without him! If a 17 year old girl can do this, then IMHO ANY woman can! Abortion is wrong, NO MATTER WHAT! NO EXCEPTIONS!

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I recommend that anyone who is on the brink of deciding where they stand on the issue of abortion watch the movie Bella.

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. ... For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalms 139:1-4, 13-16
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