Despised and Rejected by Men (and Mom): Rebecca Kiessling’s Journey From Castaway Orphan to Advocate for the Unborn

-How Rebecca came to know the circumstances in which she was conceived…01:30

  • Feeling targeted by society due to the “rape exception” clause in most abortion laws

-A brief history of abortion law and activism in the United States…05:10

  • Physicians and feminists originally fought to make abortion illegal in the mid-Nineteenth Century
  • “Rape exception” clause was added in a few states in the late 1960’s
  • 5 states still have anti-abortion laws on the books, but are superseded by Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973
  • Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) never had an abortion as it was denied in Texas courts
  • “Retroactive death penalty” for the child that Ms. McCorvey bore

-The journey to becoming an internationally-known pro-life advocate…08:05

  • Wanted to be an attorney from the age of 10
  • Inspired by The Verdict w/ Paul Newman
  • Loved superhero movies
  • Notable cases in her early career:
  • Frozen embryo case in Michigan
  • Woman sued for breach of contract by not having an abortion
  • 12 year old girl raped by 14 year old brother
  • Woman raped in a group home
  • Abortion is used to destroy evidence of rape
  • Clients found her in the Yellow Pages; not aware of her history and convictions
  • Terminating parental rights of rapists

-Rebecca’s spiritual redemption, and how it affected her self-perception…15:30

  • Became saved at age 15, but fell away after feeling unwelcome by friends at church, as well as learning her history
  • Got back into the church after a fight w/ her boyfriend while in law school
  • Scriptures that speak of adoption: Rom. 8:15, 8:23, 9:4; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5
  • James 1:27 “Pure religion” is to care for the orphans and widows
  • Ezekiel 16 depiction of a castaway orphan showing God’s heart toward what man has rejected

-Spiritual warfare in Rebecca’s cases…19:45

  • Objections from opposing counsel similar to vampires shrieking at the sign of a crucifix

-How Rebecca’s words are received by those who claim to care for women’s rights…26:45

  • “If I don’t have the right to life, what right do I have?”
  • Put it out there up front, it’s disarming

-Changing hearts and minds of influential policymakers…32:26

  • Most prominent are Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Newt Gingrich
  • Citizens United
  • “The Gift of Life w/ Gov. Mike Huckabee” film
  • Personhood org
  • “Such as a time as this” re: Queen Esther from the Bible

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Save the 1 Organization founded by Rebecca

Rebecca’s personal website

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