February 1, 2015

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January 31, 2015

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January 30, 2015

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January 29, 2015

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Positivity: Women Affected by Abortion Share Heartfelt Stories at March for Life

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From Washington, via Kristine Marsh and Katie Yoder at NewsBusters (video at link; bolds and internal links are theirs):

January 28, 2015 | 3:02 PM EST

Every year the media ignore the thousands who gather on the National Mall to celebrate life – in 2015, an estimated 200,000 gathered and ABC and NBC refused to acknowledge the March for Life. While conservative and religious organizations covered the annual event, one story that is often untold is the personal. This year, MRC Culture’s Katie Yoder spoke with six women eager to share their stories of heartbreak and hope on the other side of abortion – the perspectives the media want to censor.

Mary Rathke, a pro-life speaker who was conceived through rape, had some strong words for the pro-life movement: “Even those in the pro-life movement think it’s OK to abort me. Because I hear all the time, ‘I’m pro-life, except in the case of rape.’ I’m really hearing, ‘I’m pro-life, except in the case of Mary Rathke.”

“Just because my father was a rapist doesn’t mean I don’t deserve life,” she said.

Another woman, Travon Clifton, was pro-choice, until she found out that she too was conceived through rape. “Up until that point I did not know … in High School, I was actually pro-choice. I used to write papers about that – a woman’s right to choose.”

But, “I realized that when I was supporting the exception, I was consenting to my own death.”

Others told of their experiences of being raped and choosing not to have an abortion. In light of the recent fallout over the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (which would have banned abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of reported rape), many women at the march wanted to assert that life was still worth defending, even amidst the trauma of rape.

Marisol Guzman was one who chose to have her baby despite going through the traumatic ordeal of being drugged and raped by a stranger. “Do I regret what happened? Yes. But was it also the greatest thing that happened to me? Yes.” …

Go here for the rest of the post.

January 28, 2015

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January 27, 2015

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January 26, 2015

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January 25, 2015

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January 24, 2015

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January 23, 2015

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January 22, 2015

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January 21, 2015

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January 20, 2015

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January 19, 2015

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