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She Chose Life

0Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to disclaim responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it.

—Proverbs 24:11-12 (LBV)

These days it’s nothing new to hear from the abortion industry as its new advertising standard is to #shoutyourabortion. Every Pro-Choice person wants to be proud of the their choice to take the life of an innocent child, and forget their own guilt—a guilt that will never leave. It will hang about for a life time. 

They push the idea of easier access and even other people willing to pay the bill. 

But what about those mothers who have suffered horrible things like rape? Abortion is many times given to them as the only option. Even demanded by employers, family members who may or may not mean well and even the abusers themselves. 

Little thought is taken into the account of how the woman feels about her situation. In many circumstances the woman’s decision is made for her. There is no choice for her. It’s someone else’s choice for her. But not hers.

They sentence her to a life of regret or complications from the procedure itself either immediately afterwards or in years later when she tries to conceive purposefully.

Today’s story however, has a brighter side. 

But first their was the darkness of her struggle

Shalyn McGuin conceived her child after rape and despite her situations and the people around her—she chose life. Here is her story: 

I was 19 and living on my own, working as a nanny.  An ex-boyfriend of mine who I was still friends with was going to come over to visit, as I had just recently moved into my new apartment.  He came in and we visited, and before long he was kissing me and trying to initiate intercourse.  I said “NO!” numerous times, and then my “freeze” reaction kicked in.

 For four years of my childhood, I was sexually assaulted almost daily by a family member.  I told a few different people, but nobody believed me.  I realized quickly that it wasn’t going to end, so I learned to freeze because it stopped quicker if I pretended it wasn’t happening.

So back to the night my ex-boyfriend raped me — I froze, and he took advantage of me.  After he left, I cried on my bathroom floor for hours, wishing I had put up more of a physical fight.  I didn’t report it, because I knew it would be like the abuse of my past — my word against his.

A few weeks later, I realized that I had been having period cramps for a couple of weeks, where normally I would only get them for a day or two before my period.  That’s when I thought I might be pregnant.  I ran to Shoppers Drug Mart and got a test.  When it said “yes,” I went back and got another.  Of course it said the same thing.

I was fairly close to my boss at the time, so I told her about my pregnancy a week or so later.  She told me she didn’t want her kids to see me “in that condition,” so if I wanted to keep my job I had to abort — it was my child or hers.

I went to the Pregnancy Resource Centre, and asked the pregnancy counselor if she thought I should get an abortion.  She wasn’t allowed to give me a direct answer, but she assured me that I was capable of raising my baby, and pointed me in the direction of helpful programs around the city.  When she estimated the baby’s due date, I knew it was a sign because she was due on my birthday!

I kept her, lost my job, got a new one before I started to show,  When I gave birth to my daughter, I felt scared because because she was so small and fragile, but I was so in love, and the emotion only grew from there!

During my pregnancy, I also met the love of my life who is now her Daddy.  The only father she has ever known  — he is the greatest father.  He plans to adopt her once we marry.

My daughter’s biological father knows about her, but has chosen not to have any relationship with her, which is best for her and of course, a huge relief for me.

My little girl is now three years old and she is the most beautiful girl in the world!  We are (age appropriately) honest with her.  She knows that her Daddy didn’t make her, but he chose her.

She is not a “rape baby.”  She is MY baby.  She is the baby of a rape victim, and she is worthy of life.  Children like her should not be punished for the crimes of their fathers.

My daughter is truly the rainbow after the storm.

LifeNews Note:  Shalyn McGuin is a Stay at Home mom, a pro-life blogger for Save The 1, and resides in Ontario,  Canada.  She hopes to make a positive difference for babies conceived through rape and their mothers.

The Faithbook 2016
Article is copyrighted and courtesy of Shalyn McGuin of Lifenews.com

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Visit Lifenews.com if you would like to read more or if you would like to know more about helping women dealing with their pregnancy in crisis or those in need of restoration after abortion.

There’s so much that each of us can do to help. 

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