Hi, my name is Jessica, and I just turned 16. I’ve been struggling with Major Depressive Disorder since I was 12. Approximately a year ago, when I was 14, I was raped. I was taken to the hospital and given an emergency contraceptive. Had abortion/EC been illegal and I’d gotten pregnant, I would have committed suicide. Does that sound any better than aborting a fetus that wasn’t even supposed to be there in the first place?
First, I want to tell you that I am sincerely sorry for what happened to you. No one deserves to have their human rights violated, born or not. Rape and abortion are wrong for the same reason — they are both a violation of another person’s body.
You feel that killing and death are acceptable solutions to your problems because you were born into a culture that has skewed your understanding of right and wrong. Imagine if you had been born into a world where everyone around you accepted the fact that life begins at fertilization, that the new human being formed at that moment holds just as much value as you and I. That killing that new life is just as wrong as killing a two year old toddler.
Do you think you would feel desperate to kill your own prenatal son or daughter in this world where the dignity of innocent human life is honored and protected? If you had been born in Afghanistan you would be a Muslim and if you were born in India you would be a Hindu. You were born into a culture of death and therefore you embrace not only the killing of your own children in the womb, you even embrace your own death through suicide. This is what I am working to change.
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