Oprah Rejects Abortion for Rape and Incest

The media missed it and so did most of the rest of us, but last year Oprah Winfrey spent millions of dollars advancing an alternative to abortion in the case of rape and incest.

As Executive Producer of the movie Precious, Oprah presented the story of a pregnant and unmarried teenager from a dangerously violent home. She is also illiterate and already a mother of a special needs child. When Precious is expelled from school, thus jeopardizing her family’s only income from her welfare payments, her mother threatens to throw her out. Her pregnancies are the result of incestuous ongoing rape from her father—fuel to the fire of Precious’ mother’s jealously murderous rage toward her which is expressed by beatings and force feeding designed to make Precious as unattractive as possible.

Just watching the trailer  is tough going.

The movie is brutal and breathtaking and though based on fiction, you never doubt for a minute that every word of it is true.

Precious is a poster child for abortion as a compassionate solution to seemingly insurmountable problems and intractable adversity. That no one proposes abortion to Precious is stunning—given that abortion proponents would have us believe that every woman who has been raped or victimized by incest not only desires, but deserves and needs an abortion. Imagine:  an Oscar-winning movie made in America today rejected abortion as a remedy for incest and rape. And the media missed the story!

I am late to the Precious party, having just watched the movie on DVD. The movie’s story won a 2009 Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published to Geoffrey Fletcher (based on the novel Push by Sapphire). Frankly I avoided it because of stern warnings about the graphic content. Now that I’ve seen it, I’m surprised that the reviews I read missed the central dilemma of pregnancy following rape and incest. The movie is rated R for its very vivid portrayals of violent behavior and language, so be forewarned. This is not The Blind Side, although the homeless teen portrayed in this movie is just as deserving of our attention and care. This movie deserves and needs to be seen by everyone. Pro-life advocates will be encouraged by this portrayal of a brave young woman choosing life; advocates of abortion for victims of incest and rape will see the alternative in living color. And for all the precious women who have been victimized by incest, this story will give voice to the forbidden love you feel for your child.

That’s the secret hiding in plain sight in this story:  Precious loves her children even though they are the product of violent rape by her father. Yes, she gets strength and support to believe that she isn’t the person her parents doomed her to be. But Precious never considers abortion because she has already fallen in love with her unborn child. And she loves her other child, a daughter with Down’s syndrome. Her advocates urge her to begin a plan to place the children in foster care—an idea she rejects so strongly you just know that she is going to keep her family intact. The movie answers the questions why and how by simply portraying a mother in love with her children. She is homeless and jobless and still needs to complete her high school education, but you have never been prouder of anyone in your life than you are watching young Precious choose life.

The alternative to abortion after incest? Loving both mother and child.

Precious is the Uncle Tom’s Cabin that should forever and finally put to rest the exceptions of rape and incest and congenital disability as justifications for abortion. The fact that one of the children spared has Down’s syndrome is just the icing on the cake.
In 2007, Oprah told readers of her magazine about her own abuse and incest resulting in a pregnancy at age 14. Parade magazine reported in 1990 the sad news that the baby was born prematurely and died in the hospital. However, to my knowledge Oprah has never overtly taken a stand on the issue of abortion. But it spoke volumes when she endorsed abortion defender Senator Barack Obama for President.

Now whether she intended it or not, without fanfare Oprah’s movie Precious has brilliantly taken abortion off the table.

It’s time the rest of us agree.

 

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