Rebecca Kiessling is a pro-life speaker who was adopted at birth. Rebecca was so young when she found out she was adopted she didn’t fully understand what it meant. She was told when she was 18 that she was not able to meet her birth mother. Rebecca wrote poems about adoption at University – about the prospect of meeting her birth mother. Her mother who raised her was bipolar. She had a very strong desire to meet her birth mother. At 18, she petitioned for her non-identifying information. She received all the information about her birth mother, apart from her name. She found out that her father’s description was Caucasian and of strong build. She thought that it sounded like her birth mother was raped. She discovered the truth and was devastated. She felt so ugly and unwanted. Rebecca felt nobody would ever love her, because socially deviant behaviour is genetic. She was worried that her future children might be rapists. Rebecca found out she was conceived in rape.
Sometimes we make believe our value can be based on who our parents are and how we are conceived. Don’t so many women choose abortion because their life won’t be valued so much if they have the child? They buy into abortion because they want to be a person of value. Rebecca had a huge hole in her heart that she wanted filled. Rebecca was broken up by a boyfriend at law school. This was another example of something awful that happened in her life, God used something bad to bring about something amazing. Her teeth were repaired for free by a cosmetic dentist after speaking at a banquet.
When Rebecca found out how she was conceived in rape, she thought her birth mother must have hated her. Rebecca thought if she could meet her birth mother, things would be better. Rebecca did not want to be classified as someone “conceived in rape.” She asked a judge to contact her birth mother. She found out her birth mother was called Joanne and phoned her up. She was horrified to hear the graphic story of how she was conceived. To know that she was conceived in the worst case scenario made her feel worthless. Rebecca felt so affirmed spending a weekend reunion with her birth mother and her family.
Rebecca was almost aborted by two back alley abortionists. This was before abortion was legalised in 1973 across America. There were no crisis pregnancy centres in the 1960s. Rebecca’s near death experience was that she was almost aborted. There are lives not around today because people have been aborted. If a baby is aborted and no one else is around – does it matter? Of course it does.
Rebecca became a family lawyer. She heard of many abortion stories where women were going for abortions because they felt like they had no choice.
Every child is a gift, a blessing and how a reward. Hearing Rebecca’s extraordinary story – it is possible to realise this is really true in every circumstance. The word conceived means to be thought of.
Rebecca has written a superb philosophical essay on abortion. You can access it here: http://www.rebeccakiessling.com/rebeccas-writings/philosophical-abortion-essay/