The rapist’s child speaks

By Tom Quiner

Here is our cultural belief: a woman who becomes impregnated due to rape should abort.

Any compassionate human being understands the emotional logic to this premise.

When the same compassionate human being thinks through the consequence of this action, she realizes it kills an innocent human being. The questions becomes, then, is more violence the solution to an act of violence? Should the baby have to pay the price for “the sins of the father,” so to speak.

These are tough, painful issues.

The Des Moines Register ran an excellent letter a couple of days ago by Mary Purtle. She addresses the issue with intelligence and compassion:

Regarding the Register editorial, “’No Exceptions’ Would be Unacceptable” (Aug 23): Rape and incest victims have complained they are rarely allowed to express their feelings in the public arena about abortion. It is assumed that abortion is what the victim wants, and especially in cases of incest, young girls are coerced into abortion, to cover the perpetrator’s tracks.

In 1978, Kristi Hofferber was the sixth child in her family conceived through incest. Five other brothers and sisters were aborted. Did abortion help her mother? Kristi is grateful for her life, despite its beginnings and states she is “not defined by DNA. … As my story reveals, God can take something bad and make it an opportunity to do something miraculous.”

Rebecca Kiessling was born as the result of a rape. Now a Michigan pro-life attorney, she seeks to inform the public on the value of life, regardless of how it was conceived. She states: “The 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 for the crimes of her father. It seems to me that is cruel and unusual punishment.”

Kiessling also says, “Only 15 to 25 percent of rape victims choose abortion, depending on the study. The majority of rape victims choose to raise her child — not ‘the rapist’s baby’ — her child.”

Democrats want to make abortion all about rape and incest.


Because they believe in abortion. As their new party platform reveals, they want taxpayers to pay for them if necessary. Their “concerns” about rape and incest, which represent a small fraction of abortions, about a percent, is a smokescreen to simply change the subject.

In 99% of abortions, an innocent human being dies in the womb.

In the one percent of abortions due to rape and incest, an innocent human being still dies in the womb.

The rapist’s child wants to live. Just ask Rebecca Kiessling.


  1. Shawn Pavlik on September 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    If I am not mistaken, Steve Deace (local radio talk show host) or his wife was the product of a rape. He speaks passionately about pro life issues and protecting the life of the unborn even if that child is the product of a rape. His children would not be alive today had not their grandmother chosen to carry her child to term.

    50 million + and counting, at a rate of 4,000 per day. It’s really staggering if you think about it.

    • quinersdiner on September 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I’ve not heard that about Deace. If you find more info on it, send me the link. Thanks!

      • Shawn Pavlik on September 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

        In Obama’s speech he gave lip-service to God by quoting the Declaration of Independence and saying “we all know we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights”, and then did not mention those rights, and instead went on to talk about personal responsibility. Could it be because he does not want to talk about our “right to life”?

        • quinersdiner on September 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

          His silence was deafening.