The Hill 17 May 2019Family First Comment: A must-read (especially with all the pro-abortion media at play at the moment)…Survivors of rape and incest deserve fierce advocacy, resources to help them heal, and the support of their whole community — not just those who want to sell them abortions. Abortion does not erase the rape or undo the violence that has been committed on the woman. Instead, abortion subjects her — and now, a child — to yet another act of violence that also cannot be erased or undone.A child conceived in rape is not the criminal. She is an innocent third party, who had no control over how she was brought into the world.#chooselifeOn Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed “The Human Life Protection Act,” which imposes criminal penalties on a doctor who attempts or commits an abortion. The law makes exceptions for extreme cases when a pregnancy may become life-threatening, but protects even those preborn babies who are conceived as a result of rape or incest.While less than 1 percent of all abortions take place after rape or incest, groups like Planned Parenthood are using these extreme cases to attack the law and demand full access to abortion. But Alabama’s law is compassionate and just, and deserves our support.Rape and incest are horrific traumas that should never happen in the first place. Over my years of investigating the abortion industry, I have seen how statutory rape and abuse go hand in hand with abortion. Underage victims are often taken by their abusers, who are often family members or authority figures in their lives, to abortion clinics to destroy the evidence of their crime – a child. Live Action has documented dozens of caseswhere Planned Parenthood abortion clinics fail to report suspected abuse, though they are required to do so by law.Abusers should be punished to the greatest degree the law allows — and penalties for rape should be strengthened. But the law is helpless when abuse remains hidden. It is one of the reasons that reporting laws regarding sexual abuse are so important – and why the failure of abortion clinics to do so creates so much harm. As we have documented, the abortion industry is frequently tolerant of sexual abuse and covers it up in the name of privacy and access, to suit their business goals. Abortion industry representatives become vocal about the well-being of rape survivors mostly when their business is threatened.Survivors of rape and incest deserve fierce advocacy, resources to help them heal, and the support of their whole community — not just those who want to sell them abortions. Abortion does not erase the rape or undo the violence that has been committed on the woman. Instead, abortion subjects her — and now, a child — to yet another act of violence that also cannot be erased or undone.READ MORE: https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/444200-alabama-abortion-ban-honors-all-lifeKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.