Except for Rape or Incest*

Like perhaps many others,  for a long time the exception of rape or incest kept me ambivalent that there might be some occasions when abortion would be permissible.  That changed after I heard, from a number of women, the negative consequences of abortion.  (All of which occurred before Silent No More.)  They convinced me that abortion was never a good choice, not under any circumstances.  Much later, I saw a book (whose title eludes me) by David Reardon stating that women who were raped and kept their babies healed from the rape faster than women who had an abortion after a rape.

A British newspaper carries the story of a woman who, after being date-raped, chose to keep her baby.

While trying to track down the Reardon book, I came across an article about a women’s group who said that “rape victims don’t always want abortions.”  They speak from first-hand experience.

I will gather information about pregnancy centers in Rochester.  For now, for a woman or man who has been affected by abortion,  Project Rachel in the diocese of Rochester is at 1-888-972-2435.   This is the Rochester website; here is the national website.

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