Actress Ashley Judd Glad She Was Able to Abort Her Baby Instead of Having to “Deliver a Child”
During the Democratic National Convention last week, famous Hollywood actress Ashley Judd spoke about protecting the rights of sexual attack survivors. Judd also asked for abortion on demand legalization at an event hosted by NARAL, a pro-abortion group which advocates abortion for any reason.
At a past event, Ilyse Hogue, the president of the group, bragged about her abortion as other members cheered on. Judd told her story in front of her group. She was left pregnant after rape, and made a painful decision to abort the child. She is now glad she did it. “If abortion had not been safe and legal at that time, I would have been forced to carry to term and deliver a child that was conceived in rape,” she said, and continued: “We are a great country, and rapists have paternity rights in 22 states, including the state in which I was raped and the state which my rapist is from. In many of those states, parental rights can’t be terminated unless the attacker is convicted of sexual assault, which as we’ve seen lately is not always easy to achieve, even in the cases when women report their rapes, which in the majority of cases they do not.”
“It’s protecting her right to decide what to do with her body, Judd says of why she’s with Hillary Clinton, because she can’t imagine a world in which the law would have required her to make a different choice than she did. “I am very grateful to NARAL and Men for Choice for allowing me the dignity to make that excruciating decision for myself,” Judd ended her speech.
Sexual attacks are a painful experience and survivors have every right to receive the best care and support from the community. Like in Judd’s case, rape can create another victim in the child, who did nothing wrong and deserves a chance. Some pro-life advocates agree with Ashley Judd’s view of things – that rapists should be stripped of their parental rights. Women are sometimes driven to abortion due to the fear of having to maintain contact with the rapists afterwards, but a law that would terminate the attacker’s parental rights should resolve this.
AnalynMegyson is a member of the Hope After Rape organization who had to fight her rapist for the custody of her daughter in court! “My custody case in Florida against my rapist started in 2010 and went on for a little over two years. Though I had a restraining order and had pursued prosecution, he was not convicted of rape. At the time he sued for custody, I did not know how many states had no or limited legal protection at that time from a rapist biological father when the child was conceived from his attack. Those states which had laws required a rape conviction,” says Megyson about her traumatic experience.
Some states have recognized the absurdity of this case and introduced legislation which will terminate the parental rights of the rapist. New Mexico was the first one, and other countries are lining up for the same. Pro-life activists have also managed to advocate a new federal law which protects the victims in these cases. Rebecca Kiessling is the woman responsible for pushing the legislation state-wide, and has worked with rape victims and mothers for a long time. In 2015, she said that the new law “provides an incentive to states to pass legislation providing for a means to terminate the parental rights of rapists, using the ‘clear and convincing evidence’ standard from the U.S Supreme Court case of Santosky v Kramer.”
Kiessling is also encouraging pro-lifers to get involved in the battle and protect mothers from rapists. “We encourage every pro-life organization to get behind this legislation, as Right to Life of Michigan is currently championing this bill. Not only is it pro-life in effect — because pregnant rape victims will be more likely to choose life if they know they’ll be protected from the rapist, but you’ll be able to demonstrate that you really care about these women and their children, and you’ll also have the advantage of seeing rape survivor mothers testifying before the legislature,” she recently said.