I was not lucky... I was protected
Rebecca Kiessling, a woman conceived by rape, has called on the authorities to punish rapists, not babies. Speaking at a conference organised by the Life Network Foundation, the 46-year-old from Michigan gave a heartfelt plea for Maltese authorities not to consider the introduction of abortion, not even in cases of rape.
“Abortion will simply cause more violence to an already violent issue,” she insisted while addressing members of the media while speaking as a guest of the Life Network Foundation.
Accompanied by Chairperson of Life Network Foundation Miriam Sciberras, the mother of five has come all the way from the United States as she fears “Malta could be at risk, like many other countries, to introduce abortion.”
Dr Kiessling, who is a lawyer, has founded an organisation to help rape victims and people who, like her, were conceived by rape. “The battle for this cause is all over the globe, and I intend to fight it.”
Rebecca Kiessling was adopted nearly from birth. At 18, she learned that she was conceived out of a brutal rape at knife-point by a serial rapist. Dr Kiessling intends to meet with local legislators and policy makers.
She explained how her mother considered committing abortion twice. “I was not lucky, I was protected,” she says. “My life was spared and I want to provide a voice to the voice less.”
“It is very barbaric to punish an innocent unborn child for a crime committed by someone else. We speak about protecting rapists from the death penalty but when it comes to abortion, we are willing to sacrifice the life of a baby.”
Asked to comment on the morning after pill, Dr Kiesling said that the people need to understand how it works. “They tell them that it will not terminate pregnancy when in fact it can.”
“The military never drops a drone strike if there is the slightest doubt that there is someone in the building. So why don’t we also err on the side of caution when it comes to saving a baby still in the womb?” She explains that the morning after pill also tends to have people showing less compassion towards rape victims.
Rebecca Kiessling will be attending a walk organised by the Life Network Foundation which will be held on Saturday.
Rebecca Kiessling, a woman conceived by rape, has called on the authorities to punish rapists, not babies
Rebecca Kiessling (right) Photo: Jonathan Borg