This woman made a choice for herself after being brutally raped. Her decision shocked her doctor, but she doesn’t regret it whatsoever.
Western Journalism – While walking near her home 23 years ago, 12-year-old Lianna Rebolledo was abducted and brutally raped by two men. “It was very violent,” she said. “I honestly thought they were going to kill me.”
After the attack, no length of a shower could make her feel clean; she felt like what had happened to her was her fault and that she had no value. A suicide attempt landed her in the hospital, where a doctor told her the last thing she expected to hear — she was pregnant.
The doctor encouraged Rebolledo to have an abortion, telling her it was her right to do so, so she wouldn’t have a constant reminder of the attack. However, the young, fragile girl had the acumen to ask her doctor one important question: Would an abortion ease her pain and help her forget about her rape?
When the doctor told her that it wouldn’t, Rebolledo decided that she would keep the baby. “If abortion wasn’t going to heal anything, I didn’t see the point,” she said. “I just knew that I had somebody inside my body. I never thought about who her biological father was. She was my kid. She was inside of me.”
Rebolledo’s reaction to want to keep her baby is not uncommon among rape victims. In the only major study of pregnant rape victims ever done, Dr. Sandra Mahkorn found that 75 to 85 percent of them chose against abortion.
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