A British policewoman and born-again Christian says it was a sudden and unexpected “rush of love” that in her mind transformed her unborn child, conceived in a date-rape, from “an alien” to a beloved daughter on the day of her scheduled abortion. Miriam Virgo credits God with stepping in to save her daughter’s life.
Now 27, Virgo told her story in an autobiographical piece in Britain’s Daily Mail yesterday, saying that, having come from a devout Christian family, she had never expected to find herself a single mother at 19. In 2001, she had attended a party with co-workers at which she believes her single glass of wine was spiked with a date-rape drug. After the attack and with no memory of that night, Virgo was shocked to find herself pregnant and considered obtaining an abortion.
“Coming from such a Christian family,” she said, “I’ve never believed in abortion, but suddenly finding myself pregnant with a rapist’s baby, I looked at it differently.” She continued, “I just couldn’t face the thought of the baby being born and looking like Rob [her alleged rapist] – it would be a constant reminder of what had happened.”
After “counseling,” Virgo said, she was ready for an abortion; but when the moment came, and she was already dressed in the hospital gown, she changed her mind after what she describes as a moment of help from God.
Ultimately, after she gave birth to Kayleigh, now seven, she found that the child did look like her attacker, and she experienced some difficulty bonding. But ultimately she overcame this, saying, “After all, none of this was her fault.” A year after her daughter’s birth, Virgo applied to and was accepted by the police force.
She said that when Kayleigh is old enough, she will tell her of the circumstances of her conception, and “I’ll also tell her about the moment I decided to keep her, and how I felt all this love for her, love that is even stronger now.”
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