Is Rape a Justifiable Reason to Murder Unborn Children?

Pro-life advocates have been pushing to abolish abortion in the United States, but liberal activists have turned to a number of arguments to justify legalizing abortion, at least in some extenuating circumstances. One of those extenuating circumstances is rape.

Rape is a cruel and life altering crime for the victim and many liberals argue that to deny a rape victim the ability to abort a pregnancy resulting from rape is cruel. I’ve heard some argue that the child only serves as a constant reminder of the horrible and traumatic event in the mother’s life.

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If those are your arguments for aborting a child of rape, my answer would be to give the child up for adoption so you don’t have to look at it every day and remind yourself of what happened to you.  But why murder an innocent and defenseless child for a crime it didn’t commit?  It was the father who should be punished, not the child.

Do you punish the child of a murderer because of their parent’s crime?  No!  Then why approve of doing so in one case but not the other?  Isn’t that being hypocritical?  Murder affects the lives of all those around perhaps more so than rape.

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Through an acquaintance, I have learned of a woman named Susan. She is white, pretty and the proud mother of a black son. When Susan was 17-years old, she was gang raped by 4 black men. They violently ripped her clothes from her body, held her and took turns raping her multiple times each.

Susan became pregnant as a result of that rape. She has no idea which one of her rapists is the father of her son. Everyone around her advised her to have an abortion, but she refused. Even her parents urged her to abort the child conceived in such a horrible way, but Susan refused, saying it’s not the child’s fault, nor was it her fault. Her son is now an adult and works with suicide prevention. He has been responsible for preventing over 30 suicides and getting many troubled people the help they needed in order to cope in today’s hectic world.

Had Susan listened to her parents and others, her son would never have taken his first breath and chances are, a number of people would have died from lack of the help they needed. Both Susan and her son are more than happy with Susan’s decision to keep the baby. She said she doesn’t see her son as a reminder of what happened to her, but as a testimony of how anyone can choose to turn something terrible into something positive.

I want you to listen to Pam Stenzel in the video below.  Her mother was raped at age 15.  Instead of murdering the child, her mother gave the child up for adoption.  The child went to a family that wanted a child and raised the child with love.  That child is Pam and she is so thankful that she wasn’t punished for the crime of her biological father.

Note in the video that Pam states:

‘My biological father is a rapist. I don’t even know my ethnicity, but I am still a human being and I still have value and my life isn’t less than yours just because of the way I was conceived and I don’t believe that I deserve the death penalty because of the crime of my biological father.”

What has Pam accomplished in her life as a child of rape?


  • Degree in Psychology from Liberty University
  • Served as member, National Abstinence Clearinghouse Advisory Board
  • Served as Director of the Alpha Women’s Center, a crisis pregnancy center in Prior lake, MN
  • Developed numerous abstinence education products. “Sex Has a Price Tag- the Original” video is distributed worldwide and has been translated in 11 different languages.
  • Received the Charleston International Film Festival Gold Award in 1997 for her video “Sex Has a Price Tag- the Original”
  • Pam Stenzel’s public school curriculum “Abstinence by choice” and “Building Healthy Relationships” is used worldwide in North and South America, Australia,
  • Hong Kong, Singapore, Africa and Ireland
  • Video curriculum, “Sex, Love and Relationships”, received the Crown Award for Curriculum of the Year, in 1999
  • Pam participated in President Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiatives meeting held at The White House, May 2001
  • Featured speaker at the United Nations for “The Summit on Children Conference”, June 2001
  • Guest appearances on national television and radio programs include: Fox News Networks, “Hannity & Colmes Show”, “The Dr. Laura Show”, CBN’s “The 700 Club”, and ABC Televisions “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher”.

Her short testimony is probably the most powerful argument against abortion in the case of rape I’ve ever heard.  You can read about Pam Stenzel on her website.  If you are touched by this video as much as I was, then I pray that you pass it on to everyone that you know and ask them to pass it on to everyone they know.  With a lot of prayer, this video will spread to millions of others, and just may help to save the life of one innocent victim of a violent crime.  Just one life saved is worth praising God for, isn’t it?


Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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