Woman conceived in rape slams campaign for Obama to fund abortions for rape victim overseas
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A leading advocate for rape victims and their children has criticized a push by three major international human rights organizations to convince President Barack Obama to use an Executive Order to fund some abortions overseas for the first time since a 1973 law prevented such funding.
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Human Rights Watch, and the Global Fund for Women, are pushing for the funding in cases of women who are raped in war-torn countries. They claim the funding would help alleviate the harm faced by pregnant woman after they are raped.
However, current law says no federal dollars may be used to pay for overseas abortion, per the Helms Amendment of 1973. Named after former Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC), it states that “No foreign assistance funds may be used to pay for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.”
The three organizations contend that post-rape abortions are not related to “family planning,” and that therefore the Helms Amendment likely doesn’t apply. CHANGE’s website contends “USAID has interpreted this amendment to prohibit U.S. funding of abortions that would preserve the physical or mental health of a woman, yet allow it for victims of rape or incest, or to save a woman’s life.”
But Rebecca Kiessling of Save the 1, who was herself conceived in rape, and who has spoken worldwide in support of babies conceived in rape, has responded to the campaign, saying that abortion is not a solution to rape, even in war-torn countries where women are marginalized.
Kiessling, who said she has received e-mails from women all over the globe who have been raped, toldLifeSiteNews.com that she believes “rape victim mothers need real help, not abortion.”
She pointed to the case of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Doctor Denis Mukwege Mukengere as a model for how to care for rape victims. Mukengere, the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital,provides “child care, medical care for mothers, emotional and financial support, etc. at his hospital that exclusively serves rape victims and their resulting children in Congo,” she said.