We #BringBackOurGirls only to expose them to the trauma of abortion

by Gramfan on May 19, 2015

in abortion/pro-life, Boko Haram, Gramfan (team member), sex offenses

News.com.au has the story:

By Miranda Devine

REMEMBER “Bring Back Our Girls”?

The unctuous twitter campaign sparked by the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria, last April, became a feminist cause celebre when Michelle Obama tweeted a sad selfie with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls.

Well, no thanks to Michelle and her Hollywood pals, “Our Girls” are back, after a year of living hell, many having endured continual gang rape by their captors.

“They turned me into a sex machine” Asabe Aliyu, told Nigeria’s The Daily Times. “They took turns to sleep with me. Now, I am pregnant and I cannot identify the father.”

Inevitably, almost half of the 534 girls and women rescued by Nigerian government forces in recent weeks are “visibly pregnant”.

But now, these young Christians are being traumatised all over again by a Western feminist establishment which wants them to abort their unborn children.

Instead of agitating against the unfair stigma often applied to the children of rape, or pushing for the US government to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram, Western activists are using their considerable influence to push for abortions for victims of Islamist sexual violence.

“As Boko Haram Kidnapping Victims Are Rescued, Many of Them Are Pregnant. Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Their Right to Abortion?” ran the headline in Cosmopolitan magazine last week.

“It should be a no-brainer for international donors like the U.S. government, like [the United Nations Population Fund], to be going into Nigeria and helping these girls access safe abortions, for the ones who want and choose that,” Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity, told the magazine.

Abortion is illegal in Nigeria, so activists want the US government to capitalize on the Boko Haram menace by pressuring the Nigerian government to change its laws and offer rape victims what is euphemistically called “a full range of reproductive health care services”.

The sick suggestion is that Nigeria has already been told by the Obama administration that it must change its laws on contentious social issues, including abortion, before it gets any help to fight Boko Haram.

“The United States actually said it would help Nigeria with Boko Haram only if we modify our laws concerning homosexuality, family planning, and birth control, “ Nigerian Catholic Bishop Emmanuel Badejo recently told the Catholic news network Aleteia.org.

If it is true that abortion activists are hampering Nigeria’s ability to fight the Islamist threat, then they are helping create even more rape victims, which probably serves their purpose of promoting abortion in one of the last holdouts, Africa’s most Christian country.

Thus the pregnant Boko Haram victims are trapped at the intersection of two extreme ideologies: Islamist fanaticism and post-Christian feminism.

They were targeted by Islamist militants because they were Christian, and now they are being targeted by Western abortion activists for the same reason.

Abortion won’t help these young women, who face stigma either way, because they live in communities where killing the unborn is regarded as a sin.

Instead they should be praised for being mothers to children who have done nothing wrong. You can’t blame a baby for the crimes of its father.

Pressure from Western NGOs to abort their children only adds to the anguish of these women, and may destroy their one chance for happiness.

The example of the brutal Rwanda genocide 21 years ago shows that, for many rape survivors, their child was the only thing that made life worth living, according to a paper in The Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

How Motherhood Triumphs Over Trauma Among Mothers With Children From Genocidal Rape in Rwanda” by Odeth Kantengwa, is a heartwarming affirmation of the best of human nature.

“Social stigma related to rape and children born of rape created challenges,” writes Kantengwa, a researcher from the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide in Kigali.

“However, despite these and other difficulties, motherhood played a positive role for many women, often providing a reason to live again after the genocide.”

Kantenwaga found “these female survivors have come to view their children as gifts, rather than burdens.”

Motherhood helped them reestablish happiness and trust and find “meaning in a life caring for and being sustained by others”.

The way NGOs could help survivors of genocidal rape is not by encouraging them to have abortions, but by helping to reduce the social stigma in their communities, and by providing practical help such as job training for the mothers and school fees for the children.

Kantenwaga suggests that professional counseling can also help women create positive “perceptions of their future babies”.

No one pretends that the journey ahead for the Boko Haram girls is easy. They have already been traumatised beyond belief.

But it is a false promise that abortion is the solution to their pain, when, in fact, motherhood offers them a reason to live.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 vanhetgoor May 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

Being the product of rape is for a child not easy to live with. It makes scars on the soul. Life had less meaning when a crime was the start, less love and less joy. The pain from the mother is given to the child. Although I am against abortion, I think in these cases it can be considered.

You only have to look at moslems to see for yourself that a love-less upbringing leads only to misery. Children that made by a love-less rape have the same possibilities in life as moslem-children, and that must be clear, that is almost nothing to be proud of.

2 1389 May 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm

@ vanhetgoor,

For that you would have to ask people who were conceived in rape whether their lives are worth living. You may be surprised at their answers.

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