You might't think that a title like "Conceived in Rape Tour" would have been created by satirists, but in fact it's the real title chosen by anti-choice activists in Mississippi who are campaigning for a new "personhood" amendment to the state constitution. They think this is a good way to create support for laws criminalizing abortion that won't even allow for exceptions in cases of rape.
"Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi :
SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hearby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ :
Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."
This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation.
Once upon a time anti-choice activists were willing to allow exceptions for rape, incest, and the health of the mother when it came to banning abortion. No more. Today anti-choice activism has become explicit in its refusal to allow for any exceptions, even if it means a woman dying. Note that there are no exceptions allowed for in the above amendment. It doesn't matter if the woman was raped. It doesn't matter if her life is in danger. It doesn't matter if the fetus isn't even viable.
This is the direct and intended consequence of "personhood" amendments: state constitutional amendments that define "personhood" as beginning at the moment of conception. They will entail that a fertilized egg, even before implantation, has full constitutional rights including a right to life that includes a right to use a woman's body, organs, and systems against her will.
Rebeccca Kiessling has long been an advocate for the personhood rights for every human being, no matter the circumstances of their conception or birth. Rebecca will be answering the "tough" questions on abortion, specifically discussing children conceived in rape, as she was.
Conceived in rape and targeted for abortion, Rebecca will explain why Mississippi voters should vote "Yes" on Amendment 26, and what the abortion "exceptions" proposed by many really mean. "I know that most people don't put a face to this issue. For them, it's just a concept -- a quick cliche, and they sweep it under the rug and forget about it," Rebecca explains on her website, rebeccakiessling.com.
"I do hope that, as a child of rape, I can help to put a face, a voice, and a story to this issue." Rebecca passionately defends the rights of preborn babies, and was recently quoted at a Personhood hearing as saying, "If you really care about a rape victim, you would want to protect her from the abortion, and not the baby. A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim - an abortion is."
Source: Personhood USA
So, aborting a pregnancy that occurred because of a rape is worse for a woman than actually being raped? Talk about dismissing how bad rape can be for women; somehow, I doubt that Rebeccca Kiessling really is in any position to declare what is and is not bad about rape and how it "rates" compared to other things that happen.
Even worse, perhaps, is the assertion that you cannot "care" for a rape victim if you support their ability to make their own decision about what to do with a pregnancy that results from rape. How is it that "caring" for a person who was attacked must include preventing them from making further choices about what happens to their own bodies?
Finally, there is a sense in which the anti-choice position is actually similar to being pro-rape. The anti-choice position necessarily means denying women the right to make their own autonomous choices about who or what makes use of their bodies, organs, and systems. Being anti-choice means denying women the right to determine who or what can be inside their own bodies.
Once you adopt that principle, upon what basis can you oppose rape? It's no coincidence, I think, that those religious forces behind the anti-choice movement are also generally the same ones which reject the idea that a woman can (for example) be raped inside marriage and which argue that it can't really be "rape" if a woman is dressed wrong, behaves wrong, or is sexually active already. It's not a coincidence because it all revolves around the idea that women cannot or should not make autonomous choices about their own bodies.
This means that the "Conceived in Rape" tour is, in a sense, also a "Pro-Rape" promotional tour.