Conceived in Rape, Now a Voice for Life

By The Ruth Institute Published on April 11, 2023

Pam Stenzel’s story, being conceived in rape and yet adopted and loved, gave her the passion to speak on the value of every human life. She is forthright about her origins:

“My biological father is a rapist, but I’m still a human being, still have value, and don’t believe that my life is worth less than yours just because of the way I was conceived. In abortion in the case of rape, you’ve killed the child, and traumatized and further damaged the woman. The only person you’ve helped is the rapist.”

Pam is the founder of Enlighten Communications, which provides resources for pregnant teens and info on STDs while promoting chastity. She speaks around the world. The video of her talk to teens, “Sex Has a Price Tag,” has been translated into 11 languages. She says:

God created sex with a boundary to protect us… When we step outside of that, there is always a cost… Sinning can feel like life. It can feel good. ‘It can’t be wrong if it feels so right.’ But the end is death. Righteousness can feel like death, being the only one saying no, losing dates… but the end result is life.

She tells teenagers:

It might be tough to do the right thing and to live a life of chastity, but the end reward is going to be amazing. Doing what everyone else is doing and sleeping around and treating sex like a recreational sport might seem like fun, but the end result is not. Instead it begets loneliness, broken marriages, infidelity, infertility, and disease.

“These kids deserve to be told the truth.” She tells them:

What I don’t want you to have to say is, ‘No one ever told me.’ I am going to tell you what the consequences of sex outside of marriage are, and then you have to make a decision about what you’re going to do. And the truth that you can live a life of chastity. Is it easy? No. Nothing’s easy, but the end result is going to be very positive, and you’re going to save yourself a lot of pain.

Watch the full interview with the Ruth Institute Locals community, or on YouTube or Rumble.

God’s Love in Our Wounds

From clergy abuse survivor, Faith Hakesley’s “Ask a Survivor” blog.

We live in a wounded world. There is so much pain and suffering. All of us are wounded in one way or another whether it is through no fault of our own or because of the sins of another.

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When we choose to acknowledge our woundedness, we can actually grow. Our wounds and scars remind us of what we have gone through and how far we have come. Beauty and new life can spring forth from them but, for that to happen, we have to be willing to allow Christ in.

Allowing Christ’s perfect love into our lives and into our suffering changes everything. I know this is difficult to grasp since suffering can be such a mystery, but there is nothing we suffer that Jesus doesn’t understand.

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Children’s Hospital Co-Director Pushes for More Gender Surgeries for Kids

Dr. Oren Ganor, co-director of Boston Children’s Hospital, called for a drastic increase in its capacity for gender surgeries for minors to offset states where this practice is illegal.

“Dr. Ganor is a plastic surgeon. He’s putting profits ahead of the welfare of children,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

“So called ‘gender-affirming care’ is a fraud. Removing healthy body parts does not change a person’s gender. It ruins their lives.”

Prominent detransitioner Chloe Cole recently announced a lawsuit against Kaiser Hospitals “for pushing her into medical mutilation instead of properly treating her.”

Between the ages of 13 and 17, Cole was subjected to puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and a double mastectomy.

Her lawyer, Harmeet K. Dhillon, with the Center for American Liberty, said, “What Kaiser did for profit to Chloe, in the name of ideology instead of sound medical practice, should not happen to any child in America.”

Morse noted: “Although this courageous young woman is now detransitioning, the harm done to her can never be entirely undone. Clearly, she will never be able to breast feed. It may even be impossible for her to get pregnant.”

Morse called on the medical establishment to rethink its support for gender ideology. “What happened to ‘do no harm’? How many more children must suffer before this gross distortion of reality is brought to an end?”

For more information on the harms of the transgender ideology, check out the Ruth Institute’s Transgender Resource Center.

Africa Points the Way for a Return to Christian Values

Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., congratulated Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for his defense of Christian values. “Africa is our hope for the future,” Morse said.

At the Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Family Values and Sovereignty, at which more than 22 African countries participated, Pres. Museveni said of the LGBTQ ideology:

Africa should provide the lead to save the world from this degeneration and decadence which is really very dangerous for humanity. If people of the opposite sex stop appreciating one another then how will the human race be propagated?

Morse responded:

African nations have been under relentless pressure to legalize abortion and same-sex relations, but have wisely resisted. Pres. Museveni went to the heart of the matter: With moral anarchy has come drastically falling fertility. Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region with above-replacement fertility.

Once, the West colonized Africa for its resources. Now, it’s trying to engage in cultural colonization. Instead, Africans should colonize us with what used to be called Western values.

In 2019, Morse addressed the Uganda National Youth Conference on “The New Colonialism of the Sexual Revolution: An Authentic Catholic Response.”


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. The Ruth Institute’s Founder and President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village. Subscribe to our newsletter and YouTube channel to get all our latest news.

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