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Product of rape Jesse Jackson on S.D. abortion ban

Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson was born Jesse Louis Burns on Oct. 8, 1941, to 16-year-old and unmarried Helen Burns. Helen had herself been born to teenage and unmarried Matilda Burns.

Helen became pregnant with Jesse by next-door neighbor Noah Robinson, a prosperous married man in his 30s with other children. According to laws on the books in all states, Robinson committed statutory rape against Burns. Jesse was the product of that rape.

Noah rejected Helen. Neighbors shunned her. Her church expelled her. She lived in one of the poorest sections of town. She sacrificed her dream of a singing career. Jesse later said Helen’s own doctor even recommended she abort.

Today, Helen would be an abortion industry poster mother. Contending against her pregnancy were rape, scandal, age, poverty, her “health” and a dashed future.

Today, Jesse would be an abortion industry poster child, albeit chopped. Contending against his quality of life were paternal rejection, peer rejection, poor role-modeling and poverty.

It is most remarkable that Jackson is pro-abortion given the circumstances of his birth. He would have to counsel to abort himself.

The upcoming referendum in South Dakota to ban all abortions except to the save the life of the mother would easily pass – by 52-63 percent depending on the poll – if it specifically included a rape/incest exception.

(The ban does guarantee the morning-after pill would remain available to rape/incest victims, which works up to three days after unprotected sex.)

It is too bad Jesse won’t support the ban, particularly since South Dakota contains the poorest counties in the country, and there is a high rape rate among minority Native Americans.

Sympathy for rape/incest victims is in large part what drives the American public to stomach abortion. Abortion sellers know this and have successfully used rape/incest victims as a wedge to fight any stopgaps against abortion whatsoever, even while admitting only 1 percent of all abortions are for rape/incest.

Jesse could offer living hope rather than killing despair. Whether we agree with Jesse’s politics or not, we can agree he surmounted the obstacles of his birth, as did his mother. I’m sure they’re both glad he’s here, as was the man who later married Helen and adopted Jesse, Charles Jackson.

But Jesse actually does have hope and advice to offer South Dakotans considering their abortion ban, from an essay he wrote when he was still pro-life in 1977:

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