Home Life Issues Abortion Abortion and Rape "You are my daughter":An Interview with Julie Makimaa
"You are my daughter":An Interview with Julie Makimaa
In a recent interview, FFL talked with Julie Makimaa
, who has first-hand experience with this subject: Her
own life began as the result of rape.She
spoke about her
conception and the consequences of her
mother's decision not to abort her
grew up in Southern California with a loving family that adopted her
out of a foster home when she
was eight months old.She
is now married with two children, ages 14 and 12, and lives in Indiana.With the support of her
husband and parents, Makimaa
undertook a search for the woman who had placed her
in an adoptive family.
"When the assault happened," Makimaa
felt that this was her
lot in life, that violence was something that followed her
says, "I asked her
, 'Why would you want to even see me, then?How could you want to even be a part of my life?' And she
said, 'You know, you don't remind me of the assault at all.You remind me of the good thing that happened out of that tragedy that I went through.And you are my daughter, and I want to have a relationship with you.' And this was the message: It was a terrible thing that happened to her
, but I and my children are here today because she
sacrificed those months of her
life to give us a lifetime."
The news that her
birth father had raped her
birth mother was, of course, a shock to Makimaa
...Although Makimaa had long been active in the pro-life movement - she currently works for Life Athletes, an organization that arranges for pro-life professional and Olympic athletes to speak to students - she says that the news of her own history caused her to examine her ideas about cases of rape.
...As a result of her experiences, Makimaa founded Fortress International, a support organization for women pregnant through assault and children conceived in assaults.She
is now working on a book.The primary lesson she
has learned, she
says, is that "none of us gets to choose our parents and how we're conceived, but even in the worst of circumstances, good things can happen."