By Anne Reed

The “Me Too Movement” brought widespread awareness to the prevalence of sexual abuse in our nation, especially involving men who are in a position of power over their victims. Operation Rescue has closely followed these trends and has dug deep into the connection to the abortion industry. 

Abortion supporters bring sexual abuse to the table regularly. They move on the hearts of the generally pro-life masses by narrowing their focus to girls and women who have suffered the cruelty of rape and incest. Of course, every time this type of sexual perversion takes place, someone is deeply wounded, and it rightly elicits strong emotions. Thus the strategy has moved votes away from a pro-life position to favor some of the most extreme pro-abortion initiatives. Operation Rescue recently updated a booklet titled Refocusing the Pro-Life Movement for Victory that addresses this scheme at length.

According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, only .3 percent of abortions are reported to be performed because the child was conceived in rape or incest. That’s less than one-third of one percent. 

“Abortion facilities are known to provide cover for sexual abusers, which lands the Abortion Cartel in an uncomfortable dichotomy,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The industry needs rape and incest numbers to be greater to support its pro-abortion arguments, but reporting such abuse gets in the way of profit.

“After all, the abusers and traffickers need to know they have a safe place to take the girls and women they exploit – to dispose of the evidence and enable them to continue their merciless abuse. This ring of sadistic sexual exploitation and murderous cover-up is far from safe for the mothers (regardless of their age) and their babies.”

Operation Rescue’s recent campaign, Dirty Doctors Digest, revealed the pervasiveness of sexual abuse inside abortion facilities. It is a dark, underground world of sexual perversion and evasion from accountability. 

Out of 44 known “dirty doctors” and others working in the abortion industry, six have faced charges for sexual abuse of a minor – everything from participation in child pornography to rape. 

Some of the most pro-abortion states recently rejected bills that would have increased punishment for perpetrators of child sex crimes. In late April, the Democrat-controlled House in Colorado, a state with no gestational limits on abortion, stopped House Bill 1092 that would have mandated minimum sentences for those who buy children for sexual exploitation.

The bill was heard in the House State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, known as the “kill committee.” Accordingly, it was killed on an 8-3 party-line vote. This came after about 50 witnesses testified in favor of the bill, many of whom were survivors who had been sold when they were children and have seen little to no accountability for their abusers. In the face of these victims, the committee voted in favor of the perpetrators instead of the vulnerable children. Again, no accountability.

Also in April, California, the state with the largest number of abortion clinics (62), diluted a bill that would have made the act of buying a child for sex a felony offense. Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee passed amendments to reduce the prison time from four years to one year in jail and dropped the charges to a misdemeanor when such a crime involves a child 16 or 17 years of age.  

“It is incredibly disturbing to see how far we have come as a nation,” Newman added. “Why would people who strongly believe it is acceptable and good to kill the most vulnerable among us, innocent children growing in the womb, make any effort to protect children outside the womb?”