When Tricia was raped by a “friend,” her entire life was turned upside down.
She felt confused, thinking somehow the rape was her fault.
And even though she called the police, nothing was done.
So she kept silent. Not even her closest friends and family knew this painful secret.
Then a few weeks later Tricia learned she was pregnant…
When Tricia learned she was pregnant, she called the “friend” who had raped her and he cold-heartedly pressured her to get an abortion.
Tricia says that while her mind wanted to move forward with the abortion, her soul wouldn’t let her.
Yet, she was so ashamed she had been raped that she still didn’t tell anyone what had happened to her — not even her friends and family.
And not even when she started showing signs of pregnancy…
She even let everyone believe that she had cheated on her boyfriend.
Somehow that seemed more bearable than telling everyone the truth.
Feeling alone, Tricia went on to have her baby.
But once her son was born, everything changed.
Save The 1 reported:
“The day my son was born, the nurses placed him in my arms, and he latched on and nursed right away. I gazed at him and my son was just perfect. I didn’t give one thought to the man who raped me. My son was mine and mine alone. And it turned out that my dearest child was the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. He has beautiful green eyes and adorable red hair.”
Tricia’s son was God’s gift and example of redemptive grace.
And it was because of Tricia’s realization that every life is sacred that she made the decision to have her baby.
In fact, her courage in the face of adversity reveals a lesson every Christian should internalize to the core — God is still sovereign.
Even through unbearable pain, God gave her the gift of life.
And what the enemy meant for harm God used for good.
Rape is a horrific and violent act against a woman’s soul and the physical and emotional scars can last a lifetime.
But murdering an unborn baby who was conceived under these circumstances does not bring healing to the mother, it only prolongs the pain and causes more trauma.
It’s hard to find beauty in violent events, but even through the worst moments we must remember that God is still good, and He is the author of life.
Children conceived in rape are worthy of life and deserve the chance to live.
Thankfully, God gave Tricia the courage to have her baby and now she hopes her story will help other women realize the value of life.
Save The 1 continued:
“I feel that sharing my story now is my opportunity to leave a lasting legacy which teaches my children the value of life and who they are as a person, as well as anyone else who reads this. God knew what he was doing when he created my son and he is priceless.”
Many people who are pro-life think it’s okay to abort a baby in cases of rape or incest, but Tricia’s story reminds us all that every life is valuable.
As Christians, we must continue to elect politicians who do not support the rape exception in pro-life legislation.
And as the church, we must continue to walk alongside and support these scared, pregnant women so they know there are options besides abortion.
Christ’s light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
A baby is a gift from God and Tricia’s story reminds us every life matters – regardless of how the life was conceived.
What are your thoughts on Tricia deciding to have her baby even after being raped?
Do you believe there should be a “rape exception” in pro-life legislation? How do you think God can use Tricia’s story to help other women?
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