Interview: Mom says no to Plan B after her disabled daughter is raped
Editor’s note: Find Elise Hilton’s own account of the story here.
February 2, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Rape is one of the worst things a parent could ever imagine happening to their child. Though rare, the pain is often compounded when the brutal act results in pregnancy. So, according to conventional wisdom, doctors generally intervene to prevent the conception of a child.
But what if their method of doing so risks killing the child rather than just preventing pregnancy?
Last week, Elise Hilton’s disabled daughter was kidnapped and brutally raped, repeatedly. But when the nurse handed her Plan B, Hilton said no. (Click here for an analysis of Plan B’s abortifacient properties.)
In a blog post republished by LifeSiteNews Thursday, Hilton explains that while she was sorely tempted to give her daughter the drug, she knew God was calling her to put her pro-life convictions into action.
“If the being that had done this to my daughter had been in front of me at that moment, I likely would have killed the bastard,” she writes. “But Plan B is a whole other thing, isn’t it? It’s about taking the life of an innocent child.”
“What child deserves to die due to a parent’s sins and brutality?” she asks.
In an interview with LifeSiteNews, Hilton said that her daughter, who functions at about the level of an eight to ten year old due to a cognitive disability, is “pretty traumatized” but doing “about as well as can be expected.” Police have yet to find the perpetrator, but the investigation is ongoing.
The girl went missing Jan. 23rd, and was only found 48 hours later. She was taken to a local woman’s shelter, where she was examined by a nurse. The nurse advised Hilton to take her daughter to the emergency room for medical treatment, and then handed her a box of Plan B.
The drug, also known as the morning-after pill, is used nearly universally in North America for rape victims, even in Christian hospitals. The aim is to prevent a pregnancy by blocking the rapist’s sperm from reaching the victim’s ovum. But numerous studies have found that the drug also acts as an abortifacient – it can kill the newly conceived zygote by preventing him or her from implanting in the mother’s womb.
Hilton was not prepared to take that risk.
“I can’t imagine how taking the life of an innocent child could be healing in any way. That doesn’t make any sense to me,” she said.
Hilton says her daughter understands what happened and is glad she did not take the pill. “I said, ‘That kind of medication makes you have an abortion if you’re pregnant.’ And she said, ‘Oh, it would kill the baby. Oh, then I’m glad you didn’t give it to me.’”
“It’s just the foundation of our life that we promote and protect life at every stage,” said Hilton, who has five children with her husband, all adopted.
“One of the biggest truths of our life is that there’s no situation that’s so evil or so grave that God’s grace can’t redeem it,” she continued. “I don’t know how it’s going to be redeemed yet, but we do believe that it will be.”
“Some good has to come out of it, and whether it’s one person reading the story and saying ‘Okay, I get it now’ or one person who reads the story and says ‘I see how she could have made that decision, I need to rethink this’.”
“It takes it out of the intellectual realm. It’s no longer an intellectual discussion in the classroom or a debate between a theologian and a humanist,” she said. “It’s what am I going to do? How am I going to put my beliefs and my faith into action right now under the very worst of circumstances? Do I really believe what I say I believe?”
Elise Hilton blogs at KissingtheLeper.com.