‘He Has a Right to Be Here’: Woman Who Refused to Abort Son Conceived in Rape Speaks Before Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES, Iowa — A woman whose now three-year-old son was conceived in rape recently delivered an impassioned speech before the Iowa legislature to speak out against the “genocide of the innocent.”

Jennifer Christie-Brierly was attacked in a hotel room in 2014 and was raped during the assault. She refused to abort her child after learning that she was pregnant, and now speaks out on behalf of babies who are conceived in rape, as she stated on March 20, who are “targeted, it seems, for eradication.”

“This doesn’t make sense to me because the Supreme Court has already decided that for a rapist to be punished with death is considered cruel and unusual punishment, and yet somehow, somehow we are okay with killing the children who are not even in existence at the time the crime was committed,” Christie-Brierly lamented.

She said that she was told that if she obtained an abortion, she could better forget and move on. However, a woman never forgets, Christie-Brierly explained, and her son is a reminder that a human being should not be defined by how they were conceived.

“A woman at her most broken needs hope and help and love and people rallying around her. She does not need violence on top of violence, tragedy on top of tragedy,” she outlined. “I’m here tonight [as] one woman, but I speak for most of us when I say: Stop calling my son a ‘rapist’s child.’ Stop calling him ‘evil seed’ and ‘child of the devil.’ He is my son, and he has a right to be here.”

“Do not use me and my rape and my story—and the story of all of us, mothers from rape who love our children—as a banner to hide behind and excuse a genocide of the innocent. We love our children,” Christie-Brierly proclaimed.

She told lawmakers that her toddler’s beating heart is the same heart that she saw beating in the ultrasound, and it is not right to still hearts such as his.

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“The first time I saw my son’s heartbeat was on an ultrasound. It’s the same heartbeat that beats in his three-year-old body today. He is an exceptional child, but he is not an exception,” Christie-Brierly declared.

“I beg you to think of this,” she continued. “The heart that beats in my son, the heart that beat in him at four weeks is the heart that beats in him at three; it’s the heart that will beat in him at 30. It loves and it hurts and it feels just like mine and just like yours. I beg you not to stop it.”

Christie-Brierly was among those who desired to desired to testify surrounding bill SF 359, also known as the “Heartbeat Bill.” Those on both sides of the issue presented their views about the proposed legislation, which would ban abortion in Iowa if a heartbeat is detected.

According to The Endowment for Human Development, the heart begins to beat approximately three weeks (less than 25 days) after fertilization, and beats 105 to 121 times per minute by the fourth week.


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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    That is a strong woman of conviction ……………. Amaz-za-zing …………..

    • JenAgain ?

      I just know Who holds my life together. ❤️

  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, Give strength to those who are returning evil with good, convict the hearts of the hearers that to return evil with evil is an abomination in Your sight. For those who are standing up for Your truth and giving their testimonies, may you bless them and keep them and give them success so that good will triumph over evil. Let our lights shine brightly against the darkness. In Jesus precious Name, AMEN

    • JenAgain ?

      Amen.

  • james blue

    “Refused” to have an abortion? Was someone trying to force her to have one?

    • JenAgain ?

      There was a great deal of pressure to abort, yes. My parents, some friends, my first doctor and medical staff. Basically I was told that I wasn’t thinking clearly, I would be ruining my life, I’d never be able to heal, etc. This shouldn’t be a consideration. I needed to abort.

      • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

        Praise God, you did not listen. You would have missed a great blessing. Your son is a blessing 🙂 You and your son will be a blessing to others as well. Never stop reaching people with the truth of these babies. Again Happy resurrection day to you and your family ♥

        Your sister in Christ.

      • james blue

        Don’t get me wrong here, You made a wonderful choice, but the subject is one where the headline is almost always framed in a deceptive manner.

        • JenAgain ?

          No offense taken. 🙂

  • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

    This is a woman with ♥compassion♥. May God bless her and her son. May she help save many babies through her story. I pray more will see these babies did nothing wrong and they deserve life ♥ Thank you for sharing your story. You are a wonderful woman.I have read your story before. Your love and compassion is so amazing.

    • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

      Happy Resurrection Day, LadyInChrist!

      • JenAgain ?

        Umm.. HELLO to you too! 😉

        • WorldGoneCrazy-NotMurderedYet

          Don’t I know you from somewhere?!?

          • JenAgain ?

            Hmmm…I don’t think so.

      • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

        Thank you! Happy Resurrection day WGC-NMY!

    • JenAgain ?

      Praise God. Going to Iowa was an opportunity that presented itself last minute and He really blessed my time there.
      We also pray for lives and hearts.
      Have a wonderful resurrection Sunday! ❤️

      • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

        Thank you. I hope you and your family have a great Resurrection Sunday as well! ♥

      • LiberalsHaveNoMorals

        So you are not even from Iowa but you feel the need to go there and tell them how they should set the law of their land….You should have been escorted out on your ass and told to mind your own business.

  • God bless you Jennifer – and thank you for telling your story.

    • JenAgain ?

      Thank you. God bless you as well.

      • I pray your courage and love will make a difference in these lawmakers and that SF 359 will become a reality. Stay strong in the Lord!

  • Me

    This is such a beautiful story. Beauty for ashes. God bless you and your son.

  • LiberalsHaveNoMorals

    Abort that Bastard, castrate the rapest and have all Liberal Idiots sterilized.
    Morons that believe you have to carry a criminal POS baby to term are complete Idiots.

  • LynnRH

    I have always believed that I would have done the same thing if I had been raped and got pregnant as a result. I absolutely COULD NOT murder an unborn baby just because of what another human being did to me. If I could not raise that child up without being reminded in anguish of the rape incident I would allow that child to bless some adoptive couple’s life. But I could not live with myself if I knew I took it out on an innocent one and killed him/her for my own convenience. I’ve never heard of anyone’s thoughts on this kind of situation but i’m glad that I have now and so glad to know there are other women out there that feel the same way. 🙂

  • JenAgain ?

    I know the comment broke the rules and was apparently deleted but I’m going to respond to LiberalsHaveNoMorals.

    I was asked to speak. Both sides brought in people to testify from all around the country.
    Your comment does nothing but display your ignorance as to how these hearings are conducted. As for the personal jabs- If you think juvenile slights will deter me in speaking for Life? They won’t. If you think anything you say can hurt my feelings? You’re wasting your time. I don’t live to please man.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      i did not remember the comment you commented on ….. but GOOD ONE ………. bless you ….

      • JenAgain ?

        *smile

  • Roy Veteto

    i wonder how the pro choice community would react if there were tv ads promoting an attorney who wanted to represent women who had suffered injuries or been killed while having an abortion

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      i wonder what would be the reaction if an “assault weapon” was the means of the abortion ……. would put a lot of liberal minds into a tizzy ………….

  • Roy Veteto

    how about men who were denied being a father for the mother of their child had an abortion without the father’s knowledge

  • Andrew Hamiliton

    Jennifer thank you for being a terrific role model and inspiration for other women. It’s amazing that a disagreement over the killing of unborn children is even possible. There are no boundaries to a person who chooses against Christ and is overtaken by evil. it’s how Mao Tse-tung could kill 60 million people, how Hitler could try an exterminate an entire race, and how a woman can pay someone to kill her child. It’s all the working of the same evil!