How Kiessling Convinced Perry to End Exceptions For Abortion 02/08/2012

By Anita Crane
Rebecca Kiessling is a wife and mother of five, plus an attorney who testifies before state legislatures for Personhood USA, a group seeking to protect all unborn persons with legal declarations of personhood in answer to Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun’s opinion of Roe v. Wade. She’s featured in the new Citizens United DVD “The Gift of Life,” which is narrated by Mike Huckabee.

A screening of “Gift” was held in Iowa prior to the caucuses, and all of the GOP candidates were invited. Yet only four attended: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum. Kiessling had a backstage pass and used it to thank Bachmann and Santorum for being “100-percent pro-life.” She also used it to question Perry and Gingrich on why they thought abortion is acceptable for unborn babies conceived during rape and incest.

As Kiessling told it to WND, she gave all the candidates her own story on DVD. Perry asked her to autograph “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless” for his daughter.

Kiessling said Perry called her his “heroine,” to which she replied: “Thanks. It’s funny you say that, though. My question for you is: Would you be my hero? I’m alive today because pro-life leaders in Michigan made sure abortion was illegal even in cases of rape. … They recognized that mine was a life worth saving. I owe my life to them. They’re my heroes. Would you be my hero, too?”

Perry pondered the fact that Kiessling might have been aborted if Michigan law didn’t protect her.

She said he repeated the phrase, “I just can’t imagine. I just can’t imagine.”

Kiessling told Perry the Supreme Court decided that rapists don’t deserve the death penalty, but the unborn children of rapists may be executed. She told him that his preference to allow abortion in cases of rape and incest means innocent children may be executed for the crimes of their fathers.

Ultimately, Perry replied, “No more exceptions.”

Kiessling said Perry later told her that she had become “a face” to personalize the issue for him.

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