Karina Baum was a “textbook abortion case,” she wrote in a tweet posted this week. Her birth mother, who became pregnant after being raped, couldn’t afford a child, but she chose life anyway.
Baum, who recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her adoption from Stavropol, Russia, has launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of being reunited with her biological mother.
She tweeted Wednesday that she thanks God “every day” her birth mother chose to give her up for adoption rather than terminate her pregnancy. “Murder,” she wrote, “is not a human right.”
Baum published the pair of tweets right after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law the country’s most restrictive pro-life law, criminalizing doctors who perform abortions, even on women who become pregnant as the result of rape.
In a column published in The Hill on Friday, Live Action founder Lila Rose addressed those who criticized the Alabama bill for not offering an exception for those seeking an abortion after being raped.
“A child conceived in rape is not the criminal,” wrote Rose. “She is an innocent third party, who had no control over how she was brought into the world.”
On the day Ivey signed the pro-life bill into law, CBS reporter Jericka Duncan asked the Alabama governor what the state plans to do about those who were not financially prepared to have a child but are now unable to obtain abortions.
In response, the governor said, “You simply cannot defer protecting the lives of unborn children because of costs.”
Ivey’s decision to approve the anti-abortion law came not long after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law a bill outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which usually occurs about six weeks into pregnancy. That law sparked a boycott from Hollywood production companies, many of which do business in the Peach State.