According to a press release on PRNewswire yesterday, Family law attorney Rebecca Kiessling has founded Savethe1.com, a new pro-life organization specifically formed to ban abortion in cases of rape, incest and danger to the mother's health or life.
Attorney Kiessling formed the organization near the 40th anniversary date of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide. According to Kiessling, the organization is intended to help equip and educate politicians on the 100% pro-life position. The organization seeks to ban abortion in its entirety, to remove the rape exceptions common to state abortion statutes, repeal the Hyde Amendment (which permits federal funds to pay for abortions in rape and incest cases), and otherwise nullify all legislative and constitutional exceptions that permit abortion.
The Save the 1 website includes personal stories of rape victims and people conceived in rape who seek legal protection for all unborn babies, no matter the circumstances of their conception. Says Kiessling, a Michigan family law attorney:
Rape and abortion are wrong for the same reason; they are both violent acts of aggression against another person. If you really care about rape victims, you should want to protect them from the rapist, and from the abortion, and NOT the baby. A baby is not the worst thing which can happen to a rape victim — an abortion is.
Kiesslng, who is licensed in Michigan, is a long-time proponent of a total abortion ban. According to USA Today and Huffington Post, her home state is close to enacting new, strictest-in the nation pro-life laws that would:
- prevent abortion coverage from being included in any health insurance exchange program as required by the federal Affordable Care Act,
- allow health care providers to refuse service based on moral objections
- impose new insurance and licensing requirements on abortion clinics that bill opponents said could force the clinics to close
- regulate the disposal of fetal remains
- require some physicians who perform abortions to carry $1 million in liability insurance
- ban the use of teleconferences to prescribe abortion medication, and
- require doctors to screen women for coercion before providing abortions.