Conceived in Rape Thanks Quebec Cardinal for Abortion Statements
"I am extremely grateful to and proud of Cardinal Ouellet for speaking
up to defend the lives of those of us conceived in rape,” says Deborah
Morlani, a wife, mother of five children, pro-life speaker, Catholic
writer, registered nurse and grad student working on her Master of
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the archbishop of Quebec City and primate of
Canada, has endured condemnation and vilification from the mainstream
press, abortion advocates, and Quebec and federal politicians, after he
explained Christian teaching on abortion at a pro-life conference
hosted by Quebec Life Coalition this past Sunday.
The cardinal, when asked by reporters about abortion in the case of
rape, said that rather than helping the victim of rape, an abortion
actually adds a second victim – the unborn child. “The child is not
responsible for how he was conceived, it is the aggressor who is
responsible. We can see him (the child) as another victim.”
Morlani has responded to the backlash against the cardinal, relating
how she was conceived when her mother was 16 years old and was sexually
assaulted while on a date, and how grateful she is that her mother
"When she found out she was pregnant there was no doubt in her mind
that I was her little baby and she was going to keep me and ensure that
no one hurt me like she was hurt. She always felt very protective of my
life while I was growing in her womb and throughout my childhood,"
"My Mom made a doll named Suzie for me shortly after I was born and I
still have her to this day. This little 12" handmade cotton doll has
meant a lot to me over the years; she reminds me that I was a baby
worth loving no matter how I was conceived. She reminds me that all
babies are worth loving, no exceptions."
Morlani told LifeSiteNews.com that one of her “missions” in life "is to
defend the lives of babies, like me, who were conceived in rape and to
work toward ending the discrimination and hatred aimed toward us."
She said she questions why “some people hate those of us conceived in
rape so much that they would condemn us to death simply because of how
we were conceived?
"It is cruel, hateful, and discriminatory. We are not criminals; we are
innocent human beings who deserve a chance at life just like everyone
Morlani expressed her concern that "some people still cling to the idea
that certain human beings' lives are worthless simply because of how
they were conceived."
"Talk about taking us back to the middle ages," she remarked. "Such
ignorance, hate, and discrimination deserves to be left in the past for
good. All innocent human beings - including those of us conceived in
rape - deserve to be treated with dignity and respect from the moment
of fertilization no matter what their race, religion, gender, or how
they were conceived, whether born or preborn."
Morlani said, in reference to the cardinal's remarks, that, "The fact
that the Catholic Church defends the lives of all preborn babies, no
exceptions, has always made me proud to be Catholic."
Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), Canada’s largest pro-life organization,
has launched a petition in support of Cardinal Ouellet, in response to
the attack by the mainstream press on the Cardinal because of his stand
CLC is encouraging pro-lifers to pass on the link to the petition to as
many of their friends and family as possible. The petition allows
signers to include a message that they would like to send to the
The organization said that it will run the petition until it gathers a
sizable number of signatures and messages, which it will then pass on
to the cardinal.
Contact: Thaddeus M. Baklinski
Publish Date: May 20, 2010
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